Status Report

NASA Space Launch System Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction

By SpaceRef Editor
December 1, 2011
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NASA Space Launch System Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction

Synopsis – Dec 01, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: SLS-ABEDRR-01-NNM12ZPS001N
Posted Date: Dec 01, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 01, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jan 13, 2012
Current Response Date: Jan 13, 2012
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/George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Procurement Office, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) intends to issue a Draft NASA Research Announcement (NRA) on or about in the December 12, 2011, entitled “Space Launch System (SLS) Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction” for comment by industry through January 13, 2012. The NRA will be in support of the SLS Program and will solicit applied research proposals which will offer solutions to meeting the Advanced Booster goal of reducing risk in the areas of affordability, performance, and reliability. Industry is encouraged to submit questions on the draft NRA as they are formulated and not to hold submittal of questions until January 13, 2012. Questions received during this time period will be answered by amendment to the draft NRA and/or included in the final NRA release. Release of the final NRA is tentatively planned for early to mid-February 2012.

NASA has identified potential target areas for risk reduction in the draft NRA, however, this list is not intended to be inclusive of every risk that may need mitigating efforts. Offerors are encouraged to propose other risk areas for mitigation that would be applicable to their Advanced Booster concept. Multiple awards are anticipated considering the merits of the submitted proposals in relationship to the evaluation criteria and available funds. Multiple awards to a single awardee may be captured via separate Contract Line Items or separate contracts. The total funding anticipated being available and split among awards made against this NRA is $200,000,000; the amount allocated to award(s) is dependent upon individual Offeror’s proposed engineering demonstration and/or risk reduction effort(s) but an expected range is $25,000,000 to $100,000,000. NASA anticipates a minimum of 2 awards but reserves the right to make no award if no acceptable proposals are received. The period of performance for contracts awarded from the NRA is anticipated from October 2012 through March 2015, and is not anticipated to exceed 30 months. Participation in this program is open to all categories of U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, and nonprofit institutions. Other Government agencies, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and NASA Centers or their employees may not propose to this NRA unless functioning as permissible as a supplier, consultant, or subcontractor through separate agreement mechanisms such as Space Act Agreements. NASA employees are not permitted to be key personnel on these proposals.

For purposes of this NRA, participation by non-U.S. organizations and Foreign Governments is limited to the direct purchase of supplies and/or services, which do not constitute research except as allowed by NASA FAR Supplement 1852.235-72. Offerors are hereby informed that technical engineering demonstration and/or risk reduction areas covered by this NRA may require access to technical data, the export of which is controlled under the Export Control Act, Title 50, United States Code App. 2401-20, the Arms Export Control Act, Title 22, United States Code 2751 – 2794 or both. No award will be made to any Offeror unless the NASA Contracting Officer is satisfied that performance of the awarded effort will not involve an illegal export of technical data under either statute. All presentations, charts, publications, journals, or other data which may fall under the Export Control Act or limited exclusive rights of data, shall be submitted to the MSFC Intellectual Property Officer or Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for subsequent approval.

This NRA will include goals for small business concerns across the full spectrum of socio-economic concerns.

Point of Contact

Name: Kathy Cooper
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 256-544-8753
Fax: 256-544-4400

Name: Kellie D. Craig
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 256-544-5906
Fax: 256-544-6062

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