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Presolicitation Notice: NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Analysis of Impact of NASA Technology Innovations

By SpaceRef Editor
May 4, 2005
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Presolicitation Notice: NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Analysis of Impact of NASA Technology Innovations

General Information

Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: NNT05ESMDL-INN
Posted Date: May 04, 2005
Original Response Date: May 20, 2005
Current Response Date: May 20, 2005
Original Archive Date: May 04, 2006
Current Archive Date: May 04, 2006
Classification Code: B — Special studies and analysis – not R&D

Contracting Office Address

NASA – Headquarters, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD), 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


General Information

For the past 45 years, NASA’s technology achievements have extended the breadth and range of scientific exploration in many fields of endeavor.    

NASA has been issued over 6,300 patents; nearly one in a thousand of all patents ever issued by the U.S. Patent Office (since 1790). NASA’s programs have also resulted in at least 1400 commercial products, which have benefited the nation’s economy.   

Thousands of lives have been saved through NASA’s programs, e.g. search and rescue, or the quality of life of individuals has been significantly improved (e.g. cool suits).    

NASA’s recent innovations embrace over 100 fields of exploration. Our support for new computer languages and operating systems has enabled advances in computer science.    

Our needs for wireless communications have resulted in advances in telecommunications.    

Our requirements for surviving space environments and violent atmospheres on faraway worlds as well as reentry to Earth have led to new materials and processes for manufacturing. Measuring (quantitatively and qualitatively) the positive impacts of these achievements is difficult; the agency wants neither to overstate nor understate their value.    

Methods to assess the value are often problematic; for example some of the products themselves enabled the development of other products, or conversely NASA’s support or the market penetration of a product may have been of marginal benefit. Structure of Submitted Responses This RFI seeks comments on (a) NASA Spinoffs and (b) NASA Inventions and Contributions. Methods to best measure, analyze and report on the tangible impacts of other programs (e.g. aeronautics; space exploration; earth science; space operations) may be included, but these are not the focus of the requested response. All responses shall be delivered in an electronic format using Microsoft Word.     

Supplemental information may be provided in a narrative format using Microsoft Word with graphics, as appropriate. Font size should be no smaller than 12 point in Times New Roman. The total response should be no more than 3 pages in length including supporting graphics and additional backup material. Input should include the following as a minimum:    

For submitted responses, include:

Submitter name, phone, email, and mail address

Inputs and suggestions as to how best to inventory, measure and report on the tangible impacts of its technological (hardware, software) achievements, for example:  

1. Economic analysis, market creation, market penetration

2. Lives saved

3. Health and quality of life

4. Educational  

5. Other (defined by respondent)

Key words that serve to identify important elements of the input should be highlighted for quick visibility. No Proprietary Concepts NASA reserves the right to use submitted responses for NASA internal planning and analysis concept development activities. Although details of responses are meant only for NASA use, response submitters should not submit proprietary material. Future Use of Responses This RFI is for information and planning purposes.    

No procurement is planned as a direct result of this Request for Information. This 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. Parties proposing concepts of interest may be invited to submit more detailed information or to discuss their concepts further. 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.    

Failure to respond to this RFI does not mean that a firm cannot respond to a solicitation at a later date. Technical questions regarding this RFI should be directed to Howard Ross, (202) 358-1977 or Procurement related questions should be directed to Rhett Herrera, (202) 358-3633 or    

All responses to this RFI shall be submitted to Rhett Herrera no later than 6 pm EST on May 20, 2005. Please reference NNT05ESMDL-INN in any response.

Point of Contact

Howard Ross, Deputy Chief Scientist, Phone (202) 358-1977, Fax (202) 358-3931, Email – Rhett Herrera, Contracting Officer, Phone (202) 358-3633, Fax (202) 358-3342, Email

Email your questions to Howard Ross at

SpaceRef staff editor.