Status Report

Undersea Laboratory Facility and Support Services for NASA Extreme Environments Missions Operations

By SpaceRef Editor
March 31, 2014
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Undersea Laboratory Facility and Support Services for NASA Extreme Environments Missions Operations

Synopsis – Mar 24, 2014

General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNJ14ZBH029R

    Posted Date: Mar 24, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Mar 24, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Mar 27, 2014

    Current Response Date: Apr 08, 2014

    Classification Code: A — Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 611310

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BH


NASA/JSC has a requirement for the rental of an undersea laboratory and support services for NASA Extreme Environments Mission Operations (NEEMO) / Space Environment Analog for Testing Extravehicular Systems & Training (SEATEST) missions. Mission requirements include rental of an undersea habitat facility, training, operations, mission control support, boats, chambers, dive team support, and use of the communication network. The facility’s structure, size, layout, living arrangements, and logistical operations need to cloesly resemble what crewmembers encounter aboard the International Space Station.

NASA/JSC intends to purchase the rental of the Aquarius Reef base and associated services from the Florida International University.

Florida International University operates the Aquarius Reef Base undersea habitat on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This undersea laboratory is the only operational one in the world. The Aquarius infrastructure resembles similar conditions to that of human spaceflight. Florida International University provides the requred services for mission and the rental fo Aquarius undersea habitat.

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

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on April 8, 2014. Such capabilities/qualifications 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 offer 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: Joseph R. Hancock

    Title: Contract Specialist

    Phone: 281-792-8314

    Fax: 281-483-4066


    Name: Dana Altmon-Cary

    Title: Contracting Officer

    Phone: 281-483-8228

    Fax: 281-483-4066


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