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Teaming Opportunity for the Planetary Instrument Definition and Development NASA Research Announcement

By SpaceRef Editor
June 14, 2004
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General Information

  • Document Type: Sources Sought Notice
  • Solicitation Number: NNH40Zss001N
  • Posted Date: Jun 10, 2004
  • Original Response Date: Jun 18, 2004
  • Current Response Date: Jun 18, 2004
  • Original Archive Date: Jun 10, 2005
  • Current Archive Date: Jun 10, 2005
  • Classification Code: A — Research & Development
  • Naics Code: 541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001


Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Teaming Opportunity for the Planetary Instrument Definition and Development NASA Research Announcement (NNH40Zss001N)    

Description: NASA Langley Research Center is seeking partners to develop proposals for the Planetary Instrument Definition and Development (NNH04Zss001N-PID) NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Synopsis: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) entitled, ?Planetary Instrument Definition and Development? (see The Planetary Instrument Definition and Development (PIDD) program supports the advancement of spacecraft-based instrument technology that shows promise for use in scientific investigations on future planetary missions.     The goal of the program is not to develop flight-qualified hardware but rather to define and develop scientific instruments or components of such instruments to the point where the instruments may be proposed in response to future announcements of flight opportunity without additional extensive technology development.      

This NRA solicits proposals for instrument definition and breadboard development for the following future types of missions:

1. Discovery Program     (For additional information see

2. Mars Exploration Program (For additional information

3. New Frontiers (For additional information see

The emphasis in this NRA is also on the development of miniaturized, low power, low cost instruments for Discovery, New Frontiers, Mars Exploration, and other similar missions.       Instrument definition and development studies can take place at several stages, including feasibility studies, conceptual design, and laboratory breadboarding (but not brassboarding) of critical components and complete instruments.    

Proposed instruments must address significant scientific questions relevant to stated NASA goals.      

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is seeking partners from other government agencies, industry, academia, and Federal Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) to participate with NASA LaRC Principal Investigators (PI) in the PIDD Program to develop proposals and execute development and performance demonstrations of components and subsystems.    

Subject to the availability of funds, selected proposal(s) would result in component and/or subsystem contract(s) for the selected partner(s). This partnering opportunity does not guarantee selection for award of any contracts, nor is it to be construed as a commitment by NASA to pay for the information solicited. It is expected that the partner(s) selected would provide (at no cost to NASA) conceptual designs, technical data, proposal input, project schedules and cost estimates consistent with the requirements of the NRA. Potential partners must demonstrate the capabilities and experience to provide components and subsystems consistent with the efforts synopsized for each intended LaRC proposal. Partners must work collaboratively with NASA and other potential industry and academic partners to perform the required tasks. Partner selection(s) will be made by LaRC based on the following criteria in the following order of importance: (1) Relevant experience, past performance, technical capability and availability of key personnel This criteria evaluates the proposers relevant recent experience, past performance in similar development activities, technical capability to perform the development and key personnel available to support the development. Substantive evidence (points of contact and telephone numbers) of successful participation in similar developments should be included. (2) Cost and schedule control This criteria evaluates the proposer’s ability to control both cost and schedule. The proposer should provide evidence of successfully controlling cost and schedule for similar development programs and provide evidence of management processes in this area. (3) Facilities This criterion evaluates the proposer’s facilities (development, testing, and analyses) to conduct the development or demonstration of the proposed task. The proposer should discuss facility availability, access, and the ability to meet the proposed objectives. Responses should be limited to 5 pages (12 point font) and address each of the criteria.    

Your responses should be sent to: NASA Langley Research Center, Attn: Rosemary R. Baize, Mail Stop 469 Building 1208A, Room 106, Hampton, VA 23681. The preferred method of submission is via email to: Procurement related questions should be directed to: David O. Garner, Contracting Officer 757-864-2784 The due date for submission is 4:00 p.m. local time June 18, 2004.    

The following LaRC technology proposal is seeking partnerships. The technical requirements and NASA LaRC point of contact for questions are provided below:       Robotic Integrated Management System (RIMS)

Technical Point of Contact:       Gene S. Monroe Jr.,     Phone:       (757) 864-6156 NASA Langley is actively developing concepts for a flexible and reconfigurable computing system that is capable of performing self-health monitoring and repair while performing routine tasks on a land rover.      

RIMS is capable of performing self-diagnostics, and then executing self-repair.       RIMS’s functionality includes motor controllers to perform various autonomous functions such as drilling into planetary surfaces, as well as multi-sensor feedback from distributed I/O.     The ability of the system to be reconfigured under software control makes it such that hardware modifications are not necessary to satisfy various applications.    

NASA Langley is currently involved in: defining potential science missions; developing autonomous control operations; studying the dynamics of RIMS through the development of computer simulation models; and verifying simulation model assumptions through land rover mounted instruments. NASA Langley Research Center is currently seeking partners to collaborate in the NASA Research Announcement, Planetary Instrument Definition and Development (PIDD).       The capabilities desired by partners include, but is not limited to: (1)       Deep Drilling, with water sensing technologies. (2)       Collaborative robotics algorithms for coordinating science measurements. (3)       Geostationary navigation and mapping capabilities.

Original Point of Contact

David O Garner, Contract Specialist/Contracting Officer, Phone (757) 864-2784, Fax (757) 864-7898, Email

Email your questions to David O Garner at

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