Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Thermo Structural Analysis for Orion Thermal Protection System and Structures

By SpaceRef Editor
December 22, 2009
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Synopsis – Dec 22, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNA10322985Q-AMG
Posted Date: Dec 22, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 22, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jan 05, 2010
Current Response Date: Jan 05, 2010
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Ames Research Center, JA:M/S 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000


NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) intends to negotiate a contract with the Neerim Corporation of Mountain View, CA, as the only responsible source to lead the ORION Main Heatshield ablator and compression pad thermo-structural independent analysis for NASA in support of the ORION Thermal Protection System (TPS) Critical Design Review (CDR), scheduled for February 2011. NASA also requires support from the Neerim Corporation for the thermo-structural independent analysis effort of the ORION TPS for the ORION Backshell.

In accordance with FAR 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii), for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard, services may be deemed to be available only from the original source in the case of follow-on contracts for the continued provision of highly specialized services when it is likely that award to any other source would result in substantial duplication of cost to the Government that is not expected to be recovered through competition, or unacceptable delays in fulfilling the agencys requirements.

This procurement is a continuation and outgrowth of highly specialized work currently being performed by the Neerim Corporation under subcontract to Eloret NNA04BC25C. The Neerim Corporations personnel constitute the original source for this work. Because of the Neerim Corporations unique capabilities and experience in this highly specialized field, award to any other source would result in substantial duplication of cost to the Government that is not expected to be recovered through competition. Competition would also result in unacceptable delays in fulfilling NASAs requirements.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on January 5, 2010 to 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 proposed 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.

An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Christine M Benavides
Title: Purchasing Agent
Phone: 650-604-5807
Fax: 650-604-0932

Name: Rachel Khattab
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-5237
Fax: 650-604-3020

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