Status Report

NASA Sources Sought Notice: Teaming Opportunity for Instrument Incubator Program (IIP) NRA

By SpaceRef Editor
October 6, 2004
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General Information

Document Type: Sources Sought Notice

Solicitation Number: SS-Incubator-04

Posted Date: Sep 28, 2004

Original Response Date: Oct 22, 2004

Current Response Date: Oct 22, 2004

Original Archive Date: Oct 06, 2005

Current Archive Date: Oct 06, 2005

Classification Code: A — Research & Development

Naics Code:

541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


Description: NASA Langley Research Center is seeking University and Industry partners for the efforts synopsized. Synopsis: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) on August 19, 2004 for the Instrument Incubator Program (IIP). The Instrument Incubator Program (IIP) fosters the development of innovative remote-sensing concepts and the assessment of these concepts in ground, aircraft, or engineering model demonstrations. This NRA solicits analytical studies, lab demonstrations, field demonstrations, instrument requirements analysis, instrument design, and engineering model construction for innovative measurement techniques which have the highest potential to meet goals of the IIP and the measurement capability requirements of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD).  

Successful proposers must present concepts which have great potential for enabling new science measurements and/or reducing instrument cost, size, mass, and resource use. The IIP will competitively select through a peer review process proposals to participate in the program. The total proposed period of performance should not exceed 36 months.

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is seeking partners from other government agencies, industry, academia, and Federal Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) to participate with NASA LaRC Principal Investigators (PI) in the IIP to develop proposals and execute development and performance demonstrations of Earth system science instrumentation and instrument subsystems.

This partnering opportunity does not guarantee selection for award of any contracts, nor is it to be construed as a commitment by NASA to pay for the information solicited. It is expected that the partner(s) selected would provide (at no cost to NASA) conceptual designs, technical data, proposal input, project schedules and cost estimates consistent with the requirements of the NRA. Potential partners must demonstrate the capabilities and experience to provide subsystems and instruments consistent with the efforts synopsized for each intended LaRC proposal. Partners must work collaboratively with NASA and other potential industry and academic partners to perform the required tasks. Partner selection(s) will be made by LaRC based on the following criteria in the following order of importance:

(1) Relevant experience, past performance, technical capability, and availability of key personnel This criteria evaluates the proposers relevant recent experience, past performance in similar development activities, technical capability to perform the development and key personnel available to support the development. Substantive evidence (points of contact and telephone numbers) of successful participation in similar developments should be included.

(2) Cost and schedule control This criteria evaluates the proposer’s ability to control both cost and schedule. The proposer should provide evidence of successfully controlling cost and schedule for similar development programs and provide evidence of management processes in this area.

(3) Facilities This criterion evaluates the proposer’s facilities (development, testing, and analyses) to conduct the development or demonstration of the proposed task. The proposer should discuss facility availability, access, and the ability to meet the proposed objectives.

Responses should be limited to 5 pages (12 point font) and address each of the criteria. All responses should be sent to: NASA Langley Research Center, Attn: William Edwards, Mail Stop 469, Building 1208A, Room 106, Hampton, VA 23681, or via email to: The due date for submission is COB October 22, 2004 . Procurement questions should be directed to Mary Jane Yeager, NASA LaRC Procurement Office, 757-864-2473, Technical questions should be directed to the contacts below or to William Edwards at the email address noted above, phone # (757) 864-1555. The technical requirements and NASA LaRC point of contact for technical questions is provided below: Trace Gas Measurement System

Technical Point of Contact: Dr. Larry Thomason, (757)864-6842, email address We are proposing to develop a balloon-based instrument to improve the understanding of the distribution of trace gases including ozone, NOx, SO2, and CO in the boundary layer and lower troposphere.   As such we are seeking partners to help design a low-cost, reusable in situ instrument suitable for use in validation of space-borne instruments and other field campaigns.

Point of Contact

Mary Jane Yeager, Contracting Officer, Phone (757) 864-2473, Fax (757) 864-7709, Email – Robert B. Gardner, Contracting Officer, Phone (757) 864-2525, Fax (757) 864-7898, Email

Email your questions to Mary Jane Yeager at

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