Status Report

Partnership Opportunity for NIR Telescope for Explorers Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
August 13, 2010
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Synopsis – Aug 13, 2010

Partnership Opportunity Document for NIR Telescope – Posted on Aug 13, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: 401NRI-2010-GBN
Posted Date: Aug 13, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Aug 13, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Sep 14, 2010
Current Response Date: Sep 14, 2010
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.S, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA GSFC is seeking a partner to provide a telescope to be used with a NIR detector array for a potential proposal. The potential GSFC Explorer mission is designed to meet the science goals of the Explorer Program, as currently understood.

GSFC mission teams will be submitting proposals to the Explorers AO currently scheduled for release in Fall 2010. The AO is a two-step process, with the first proposal response being primarily focused on the merit and feasibility of the science objectives of the proposed mission. The initial submissions will then be down-selected, and the resultant subset of proposals will be funded to perform Phase A concept studies. During Phase A, proposals will be expanded and refined to detail the entire end-to-end mission life cycle concept, with greater attention to engineering implementation. While the AO schedule cannot be specified at this time, the following is estimated based on earlier AO’s and related missions:

AO release Fall 2010 Proposals due Three months after AO Phase A selection Nine months after AO release Phase A concept study report Twelve months after selection Mission selection Sixteen months after selection Launch Readiness Date NLT 31 December 2018

This partnership opportunity is being issued (a) to select a teaming partner to help prepare the GSFC Explorer candidate mission concept for the initial proposal submittal; and (b) to assist in the Phase A concept study if the mission is down-selected. The major flight system GSFC is interested in finding partners for is a telescope (i.e. mirrors plus tube for a NIR imager/spectrometer) on a low earth orbiting spacecraft. If the potential partner also has experience with baffle designs, the potential partner may include that in his or her proposal. The imager/spectrometer is not solicited as part of this POD. There will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners for the AO proposal cycle. If the proposed mission is selected for a Phase A Concept Study, limited funding will be available according to the budget developed during proposal preparation. If the proposed mission is selected for flight, partner(s) will be funded according to the budget developed during AO proposal phase.

For the portion of this partnership opportunity dealing with the preparation of the initial submission to the Explorer AO there will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners. Funding will be available for Phase A and subsequent phases should the mission be competitively selected for those additional phases.

Notice of Interest shall be sent to via email with ‘Notice of Interest’ in the subject line, a simple sentence or two expressing interest and an email and address to send further information. For purposes of this partnership opportunity, the GSFC Explorer Team contact is, 301-286-7255, and backup is, 301-286-8340.

Point of Contact

Name: Dawn M. Fountain
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-3318
Fax: 301-286-1773

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