Status Report

Recovery Act: NASA Solicitation: Neutral Buyoancy Laboratory NBL Space Vehicle Mockup Facility SVMF Procurement

By SpaceRef Editor
September 26, 2009
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Synopsis – Sep 22, 2009

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNJ09040809R
Posted Date: Sep 22, 2009
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 22, 2009
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: N/A
Current Response Date: N/A
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/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BH


NASA/JSC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to re-compete the contract requirements for the current Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) Operations Contract (NSOC, NAS9-02102). The NBL and SVMF are key Agency assets that support human space flight training and operations. Both facilities support the Space Shuttle, International Space Station (ISS) and other future space programs. Both are operated by JSC’s Mission Operations Directorate (MOD).

NASA/JSC intends to issue a cost plus award fee/ incentive fee contract with an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) feature. The period of performance will include a 3-year base period and two 1-year option periods.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

This procurement is a full and open competition.

The NAICS Code and Size Standard are 541712 and 500 employees, respectively.

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

The anticipated release date of the DRAFT RFP is on or about November 2009. After its release NASA/JSC will hold a pre-proposal conference on or about December 2009. This will allow industry to ask questions specific to the DRAFT RFP. Industry will then be requested to submit questions in writing so that the Government may officially respond.

The anticipated release date of the FINAL RFP is on or about January 2010, with an anticipated proposal due date on or about March 2010. A phase-in period for the anticipated contract of approximately 60 days is planned.

Updated information concerning the acquisition and schedule can be viewed at the following website as it becomes available:

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

Prospective offerors are invited to submit written comments or questions via electronic mail to When responding reference NNJ09040809R.


In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. The Government will not pay for any information solicited. No evaluation letters and/or results will be issued to the respondents. 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.

Point of Contact

Name: Cynthia W. Maclean
Title: Contract Officer
Phone: 281-244-5903
Fax: 281-483-4066

Name: Michael W. Duckworth
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-483-0937
Fax: 281-333-0465

SpaceRef staff editor.