Status Report

NASA Sources Sought Notice: JPL New Millenium Program Space Technology 8 Project Spacecraft and Ground System

By SpaceRef Editor
March 23, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Sources Sought Notice
Solicitation Number: GO-05-03
Posted Date: Mar 23, 2005
Original Response Date: May 13, 2005
Current Response Date: May 13, 2005
Original Archive Date: Mar 23, 2006
Current Archive Date: Mar 23, 2006
Classification Code: 18 — Space vehicles
Naics Code: 336414 — Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address NASA Management Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109


The California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Caltech/JPL), operating under a prime contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), seeks responses to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the acquisition of a spacecraft in support of NASA’s New Millennium Program (NMP). BACKGROUND: The Space Technology 8 (ST8) subsystem technology validation mission, as a part of NASA’s continuing NMP being managed by JPL, will require the acquisition of a spacecraft, consisting of a spacecraft bus integrated with a JPL-supplied payload, and ground operations/system services. In order to select a provider of the ST8 spacecraft and associated ground operations/system services, JPL will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP). NASA has competitively-selected four (4) subsystem technology validation experiments for the ST8 flight mission payload. The ST8 Project Office is responsible for competitively-procuring a spacecraft bus to accommodate the technology experiments. Mission operations and ground system services will be included as part of the spacecraft solicitation and any resultant subcontract.    

Given the cost constraints of the NMP ST8 project, modification to an existing spacecraft bus design is the anticipated approach. Although the ST8 mission represents the space flight validation of new technologies, this function will be entirely fulfilled through the technology experiment payloads. The spacecraft bus is not to incorporate new technologies. Some form of flight heritage or application of existing technologies will be required for all spacecraft bus components. The ST8 mission is co-manifested with the WISE mission on a Delta II with a targeted launch date from Vandenberg AFB, California, in December 2008. The mission requirements call for the flight system to be inserted into a sun synchronous elliptical orbit with an apogee above 1000 km altitude to provide a significant radiation environment for one of the ST8 experiments. The overall mission duration is planned to be six (6) months after completion of on-orbit checkout of the flight system. PRE-PROPOSAL BRIEFING: A pre-proposal briefing is planned for April 15, 2005 (two (2) weeks after the planned release of the RFP – location TBD). Those parties planning to attend this briefing should contact Danny Low for details. Mr. Low’s email address and phone number have been provided below under the RFP POINT OF CONTACT section of this announcement.    

RFP WEBSITE: The RFP will be posted on or about April 1, 2005 on JPL’s NMP ST8 Project Spacecraft and Ground System Services RFP website at:    

There will be a six (6) week proposal response time from the date of RFP issuance. The RFP website will be password protected; therefore, access to this site will be provided only through the RFP Point of Contact representative identified below. Responses will be considered from U.S. providers only.    

RFP POINT OF CONTACT: Any inquiries associated with the above synopsis should be directed to the attention of Danny Low at either the email address of or via a phone call to (818) 354-7397.

Point of Contact

Mary Helen Ruiz, JPL Business Opportunities Office, Phone (818) 354-7532, Fax (818) 393-1746, Email

Email your questions to Mary Helen Ruiz at

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