Status Report

NASA Sources Sought Notice: JPL Terminal Descent Sensor (TDS) for the Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft Request for Proposal (RFP)

By SpaceRef Editor
June 16, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Sources Sought Notice
Solicitation Number: PT-05-07
Posted Date: Jun 15, 2005
Original Response Date: Jul 29, 2005
Current Response Date: Jul 29, 2005
Original Archive Date: Jun 15, 2006
Current Archive Date: Jun 15, 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), seek responses to a Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Terminal Descent Sensor (TDS) in support of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Spacecraft. All organizations are invited to submit a proposal. BACKGROUND: JPL, located in Pasadena, California, will be selecting a source for design, fabrication, test, product assurance, performance, and environment of a Ku-band doppler velocimeter/altimeter for guiding the decent and landing of the rover on board the Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft to be launched in 2009. WHO MAY PROPOSE? This opportunity is open to educational institutions; Nonprofit, nonacademic organizations (i.e., a private or government supported research lab, university consortium, museum, observatory, etc.); Industry; NASA Centers including JPL; Other government agencies (i.e., any non-NASA, U.S. federal executive agency, national laboratory or federally funded research and development center (FFRDC); and any Non-U.S. organizations (on a no-exchange-of-funds basis with capabilities and interest to conduct advanced technology development).

RFP WEBSITE: An electronic RFP, related documents and attachments (e.g., specimen contract, exhibits, etc.) can be accessed at      

RESPONSES: All responses to the RFP are due no later than Friday, July 29, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. PDT. JPL POINT OF CONTACT: All communications pertaining to this RFP shall be directed to Patrick Thompson, Subcontracts Manager, at (818) 354-2859 or via email:

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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