Status Report

Support of Experimental Planetary Astrobiology Studies with Laser Mass Spectrometry

By SpaceRef Editor
March 19, 2014
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Synopsis – Mar 19, 2014

General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNG14505530L

    Posted Date: Mar 19, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Mar 19, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Mar 24, 2014

    Current Response Date: Apr 02, 2014

    Classification Code: 66 — Instruments and laboratory equipment

    NAICS Code: 541690


Contracting Office Address

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


NASA/GSFC has a requirement for services provided in connection with a NASA Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) instrument development effort entitled “Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer (LITMS)” and a related NASA Exobiology effort entitled “Organic Synthesis in Hypervelocity Impacts on Water Rich Bodies (H2OSHI)”.

This support is structured in a set of five tasks:

1. Support LITMS design by developing and analyzing new capabilities on comparable instrumentation;

2. Support LITMS design by developing methods to assess the effects and capabilities of precision sampling;

3. Support LITMS characterization and optimization by comparing spectra from selected Mars analog samples;

4. Support H2OSHI and LITMS by carrying out test analyses of selected analytes in relevant matrices; and

5. Support H2OSHI through development of apparatus such as the Laser Impact Mass and Energy Spectrometer (LIMES).

NASA/GSFC intends to purchase the items from C & E Research, Inc pursuant to FAR 13.106, for the acquisition of supplies or services determined to be reasonably available from only one source. To our knowledge, no other vendor has the institutional knowledge, experience and intimate understanding of the hardware or experiments required.

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

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities statement to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 2:30 p.m. local time on April 2, 2014. Such statements 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 capability statement which shall be considered by the agency.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at .

Point of Contact

    Name:Kathi Thomas

    Title:Purchasing Agent

    Phone:301-286-4963    Fax:301-286-5373


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