Status Report


By SpaceRef Editor
February 12, 2013
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General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH13461656R
Posted Date: Feb 12, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 12, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Feb 27, 2013
Current Response Date: Feb 27, 2013
Classification Code: D — Information technology services, incl. telecom services
NAICS Code: 541330

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA Headquarters has a requirement for support services, algorithm development, hardware development and integration, and the execution of specific Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-requested technology development and science experimentation based on the unique SPHRERES facility onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA Headquarters intends to purchase these services from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sole source. MIT Space Systems Laboratory is uniquely qualified to perform these supporting services, algorithm development, hardware development and integration, and to enable the execution of specific DARPA-requested technology development and science experimentation because they created the SPHERES facility and hold proprietary ownership of the date. MIT has proprietary rights to the software components of the SPHERES facility and is uniquely qualified to integrate the Universal Docking Ports (UDPs) and Robotic Arms, and to expand the software components to enable this hardware to be used both by DARPA researchers and Zero Robotics Competition.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform this effort in writing to the identified point of contact no later than 2:30 p.m. local time on February 22, 2013. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is Jay Henn, NASA/HQ, 300 E Street, SW, Mail Code 4J82, Washington, DC, 20546,

Point of Contact

Name: Danit P Rainey
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-6362
Fax: 301-286-0356

SpaceRef staff editor.