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Solicitation Notice
Contracting Office
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.Y, Greenbelt, MD 20771
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Isabell M Watts, Contract Specialist, Phone (301) 286-9150, Fax (301) 286-0268, Email Isabell.M.Watts.1@gsfc.nasa.gov - Lynne Hoppel, Contracting Officer, Phone (301)286-3035, Fax (301)286-0268, Email Lynne.C.Hoppel.1@gsfc.nasa.gov
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Email your questions to Isabell M Watts
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) intends to solicit proposals under the statutory authority 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(2) "Urgent and Compelling" to meet the agency's need for investigation and comparison of a variety of demisable propellant tank conceptual designs for a spacecraft propulsion subsystem. This study is of such compelling urgency that NASA has determined that it would be seriously injured unless FAR Part 6 competition is precluded. The agency has identified a limited number of qualified sources from which it will solicit proposals. NASA is the leader among the world in exploring the development of demisable propellant tank architecture. The objective of this investigation and comparison is the feasibility of a variety of demisable propellant tank conceptual designs for NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. Currently, the central structure of the spacecraft cannot be defined due to uncertainties in the tank. Until these research activities under this proposed study are complete, the definition of the tank set cannot be obtained. Without the definition of the tank set, NASA's will be unable to meet commitments made to the scientific community (education, government, and commercial industry) involved in this endeavor and will have a significant global impact to the science community. GSFC has identified five vendors with the technical expertise necessary to perform these studies without delay. The market for spacecraft propellant tanks is relatively small and thus the capabilities in this highly specialized field are only possessed by a handful of vendors. It is expected that simplified acquisition procedures (>$100,000) will be followed. The firms to be solicited are: 1) Pressure Systems, Inc., Commerce, CA, 2)Carleton Technologies Inc., Glen Burnie, MD, 3)Lincoln Operations (General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products) Lincoln, NE,4) ARDE Inc., Norwood, NJ, and 5) Keytone Engineering Company, Los Angeles, CA. In order to achieve safe disposal, GPM has chosen to design its spacecraft propellant tank to demise upon entering the atmosphere. NASA provides guidelines for the safe disposal of spacecraft that have completed their missions. For GPM, titanium and steel tanks of any thickness (including overwrapped) have been found by analysis to survive reentry and cause a significant amount of debris. Demisability of propellant tanks depends on factors such as materials, thicknesses, shape, mass, and volume. The designs must be compliant with design and performance requirements and have a level of cost, technical, and schedule risks consistent with the benefits of the design. The resulting contractor(s) shall deliver to NASA all completed reports, analyses, internal technical memoranda, drawings, and other documents relating to the development and management of the Demisable Tank Concept Study activities no later than 22 weeks from the initiation of the purchase order. Companies who believe they can provide these services without any detrimental impact to the program schedule supported by this work, should fully identify their interest and capabilities within 15 days after publication of this synopsis. Capability statements must address the organizations current technical ability to perform these studies and provide a minimum of 3 references (name of organization, point of contact, and telephone number) where same/similar effort has been performed. All qualified responsible sources shall be considered by the agency. All questions must be submitted in writing (fax or mail). All capability statements must be received in writing (fax or mail - no e-mail accepted). Telephone questions will not be accepted. The response must be sufficient to permit agency analysis to establish a bonafied capability to meet the requirements to perform the study. Additional background information can be found at the following web site: http://gpm.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission.html The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26 and Note 22. An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA specific Note "B".
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