Status Report

Orion Abort-Motor Plume Data Acquisition ST-1 Auxilary Test Effort

By SpaceRef Editor
July 28, 2008
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Orion Abort-Motor Plume Data Acquisition ST-1 Auxilary Test Effort

Synopsis – Jul 22, 2008
General Information
Solicitation Number: NNA08261903Q
Posted Date: Jul 22, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jul 22, 2008
Original Response Date: Aug 05, 2008
Current Response Date: Aug 05, 2008
Classification Code: H — Quality control, testing and inspection services
NAICS Code: 541380 – Testing Laboratories

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Ames Research Center, JA:M/S 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000


NASA/ARC and the NASA CEV Aerosciences Project (CAP) requires support of 4 distinct data-acquisition efforts to be carried out at the Static Test #1 (ST-1) full-scale CEV/Orion abort-motor (AM) static firing, currently scheduled to occur in October 2008 at the Alliance Technologies (ATK) rocket-motor test facility in Promontory, Utah. Support is required to obtain data on the: 1) near-field plume acoustics (NFPA); 2) far-field plume acoustics (FFPA); 3) plume-impingement aero-thermodynamics (PIAT) and 4) plume and shock structure image (PSSI) of the Orion AM. The PSSI effort includes a) PSSI-1, plume image fusion, and b) PSSI-2, background oriented Schlieren (BOS). The contractor must obtain working access to the test site, which is owned and controlled by ATK, and provide it for CAP test-team members, with adequate space, in appropriate locations, for CAP equipment and equipment operators to monitor and observe testing. The contractor must also provide mounting structures for the various CAP pressure, acoustic, temperature and image sensors, adequate shelter and shielding to protect CAP equipment and electrical cables from test and environmental hazards, and all communications links needed to support these tasks.

ATK is building the motors for the CEV/Orion launch abort system (LAS) and is under contract to test them. The measurements desired by the CAP and described in the tasks can only be acquired from the test firing of the full-scale AM. ATK is the only supplier of this motor and provider of such a test firing. NASA intends to purchase these services from ATK in accordance with 10 USC 2304(c)(1), the only known responsible source for these items, and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on August 5, 2008. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Melissalynn Perkins
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 650-604-6516
Fax: 650-604-3020

Name: Rachel Khattab
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 650-604-5237
Fax: 650-604-0932

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