Status Report

NASA Sources Sought Notice: Rechargeable Battery and integrated Charger for the Wireless Instrumentation System on International Space Station

By SpaceRef Editor
February 14, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Sources Sought Notice

Solicitation Number: NNJ0588720Q

Posted Date: Feb 14, 2005

Original Response Date: Feb 17, 2005

Current Response Date: Feb 17, 2005

Original Archive Date: Feb 14, 2006

Current Archive Date: Feb 14, 2006

Classification Code: 61 — Electric wire & power & distribution equipment

Naics Code: 335911 — Storage Battery Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BH


NASA/JSC is hereby soliciting information about potential sources for a new lower toxicity rechargeable battery design to replace the primary lithium thionyl chloride battery for the Internal Wireless Instrumentation System (IWIS). The scope of the required effort includes design, certification, production, and acceptance of this new battery, which will connect to external interfaces of IWIS. The top level requirements are to deliver 100 W-hr at a regulated voltage of 12 V, provide a state of charge indicator with a 25% resolution, and include the charging circuitry capable of accepting 28V. The effort shall not include the design, certification, and production of the 28V power cable or the cable between the IWIS and the battery. The IWIS is a non-critical piece of hardware.    

The battery can be designed with commercial parts; however, the assembly and manufacturing process shall comply with NASA standards, or equivalents, such as J-STD-001CS, IPC, and ESA standards.    

Main deliverables include 14 batteries, system design packages, acceptance data packages, and certification reports all within 6 months after contract award.    

No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released it will be synopsized in FedBizOpps and on the NASA Acquisition Internet Service.    

It is the potential offeror?s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis. Vendors having the capabilities necessary to meet or exceed the stated requirements are invited to submit appropriate documentation, literature, brochures, and references.    

Also, responses must include the following:     name and address of firm, size of business; whether they are large, small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), HUBZone, and/or woman-owned; number of years in business; affiliate information:     parent company, joint venture partners, potential teaming partners, prime contractor (if potential sub) or subcontractors (if potential prime); list of customers covering the past five years (highlight relevant work performed, contract numbers, contract type, dollar value of each procurement; and point of contact – address and phone number).      

Technical questions should be directed to:       Wendy Stone, Procurement related questions should be directed to: Wendy Stone, Please advise if the requirement is considered to be a commercial or commercial-type product.    

A commercial item is defined in FAR 2.101. This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited.    

Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation.    

Respondents deemed fully qualified will be considered in any resultant solicitation for the requirement.      

The Government reserves the right to consider a small business or 8(a) set-aside based on responses hereto.    

All responses shall be submitted to Wendy Stone no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2005.    

Please reference NNJ0588720Q in any response.     Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Wendy E. Stone, Contract Specialist, Phone (281) 244-6459, Fax (281) 244-5337, Email – Keith D. Hutto, Contracting Officer, Phone (281) 483-4165, Fax (281) 244-5337, Email

Email your questions to Wendy E. Stone at

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