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A -- RFI-Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT)-Advanced Rocket Propullsion Plan (ARPP)

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541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
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Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFFTC - AF Flight Test Center, 5 S WOLFE AVE, Edwards AFB, CA, 93524-1185, UNITED STATES
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1. The attached Supplemental Package supports the advanced synopsis for the IHPRPT RFI. This package provides information and guidelines for preparing Advanced Rocket Propulsion Plans (ARPPs). This RFI request is open to all appropriate organizations, individuals, and contractors. Any interested party not previously associated with the IHPRPT program should be aware of the following: The IHPRPT program will involve technology acquisitions that have military or space applications and are subject to Air Force Material Command FAR Supplement, Section 5393, Foreign Disclosure Reviews. In addition, foreign owned or influenced firms and foreign governments will not be allowed to participate as prime contractors. Only U.S. contractors who are registered and certified with the Defense Logistics Services Center (DLSC), Federal Center, Battle Creek, Michigan or who are teamed with one of the registered contractors will have access to restricted information which will contain key data, such as goals and baselines. 2. Synopsis: This is not a Request for Proposal but is a Request for Information (RFI) only. The Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT) program is a DoD/NASA/industry coordinated effort to develop revolutionary and innovative technologies by the year 2010 that will permit a doubling of rocket propulsion capabilities over the 1993 state-of-the-art technology. The program is structured in three phases, with a nominal Phase III completion date of 2010. The information provided through the Advanced Rocket Propulsion Plans (ARPPs) will be used to review and revise the Government Rocket Propulsion Plan (GRPP) and to aid in requirements definition for future acquisitions. A review team comprised of DoD and NASA representatives will review the ARPPs submitted by the United States (U.S.) Rocket Propulsion Industry applicable to the mission application areas stated below. U.S. Rocket Propulsion Industry companies who participate in this program must develop or update ARPPs mapping out their recent past, on-going and planned rocket propulsion research and development (R&D) efforts, consistent with the IHPRPT program goals. 3. The Government is interested in obtaining technical and programmatic information from industry in the form of ARPPs regarding how future goals for the IHPRPT program may be met. The propulsion application areas of interest are Boost and Orbit Transfer Propulsion (including propulsion efforts of Technology for the Sustainment of Strategic Systems (TSSS) IPT and missile defense), Spacecraft Propulsion, and Tactical Propulsion mission application areas. The baseline data and goal summary information is included in the IHPRPT RFI supplemental package for the mission application areas relative to the IHPRPT efforts. A contractor who currently does not have an ARPP, but wishes to respond to the RFI must as a minimum, generate an ARPP that will satisfy all IHPRPT goals applicable to at least one propulsion system type and phase within an application area. Also as part of the ARPP the plan to use small business innovative research organizations is appropriate is requested. 4. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this RFI or to otherwise pay for the information requested under this RFI. This is not a request for proposal or an invitation for bid, but a request for information only. Detailed supplemental packages Section I, Section II, III, and Section VI are attached, Section IV, and V are available upon request. Those who have not previously been associated with the IHPRPT program should be aware of the following: The IHPRPT program will involve technology acquisitions that have military or space applications and are subject to Air Force Materiel Command FAR supplement, Subpart 5327.90, Foreign Disclosure. In addition, foreign owned or influenced firms and foreign governments will not be allowed to participate as prime contractors. Only U.S. contractors who are registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and have a legitimate business purpose or who are teamed with one of the registered contractors will have access to the IHPRPT RFI supplemental package containing restricted information. If you are registered in the CCR, you must submit a copy of the approved DD Form 2345, Military Critical Technical Data Agreement, with your request for the supplemental package. To receive a copy of the IHPRPT RFI supplemental package; please contact contracting POC listed in Paragraph 6 of this notice. Submitters are advised that representatives from DoD and NASA, as well as employees of Aerospace Corporation; SPARTA Inc.; Jackson and Tull Inc.; Sverdrup, Inc.; Nyma Inc.; Centech Group Inc.. and others may assist the government as advisors in reviewing the ARPPs. The government will ensure the required non-disclosure agreements are in place prior to allowing the support contractors to review the ARPPs. Any objection to the disclosure of information to these non-government advisors should be provided in writing BEFORE the date set for receipt of documents and shall include a detailed statement for the basis of the objection. The government ARPP review team will provide written comments to each contractor specifically in the following areas: completeness, strengths, weaknesses, cost and probability of successful completion (program management and technical approach). The comments will be based on the following: Does the ARPP address all the IHPRPT goals within all the phases of the selected mission application area(s)? What are the strengths and weaknesses? Is this a viable plan and do the projects integrate together toward a demonstration of simultaneous goal achievement? Does the ARPP contain all the information requested in the RFI and Supplemental Package? Is the ARPP clear, concise and well organized? Oral presentations of the ARPPs will be scheduled to occur at each respective responder?s facility. 5. The ARPP shall describe in detail the contractor's plan for full achievement of all the time-phased goals for each proposed propulsion system type within an application area(s); Boost and Orbit Transfer, Spacecraft Propulsion, and Tactical Propulsion. The contractor may propose work in one or all application areas, but must address all goals (referenced in the supplemental package) and remaining phases within any proposed application area for each type of propulsion system discussed. New, innovative concepts and processes are encouraged. It is the intent of the government to issue a call for ARPPs on a biannual basis. We request you send one original hard copy and subsequent electronic copies as indicated below, to each of the principle government organizations participating in the review. They are listed as follows with the preferred number of copies, addressee and address (Refer to Supplemental Information Section I for ARPP content and guidelines). Please send eight copies of each response to Mr. Drew DeGeorge, AFRL/PRS, 5 Pollux Drive, Building 8353, Room 216A, Edwards AFB CA 93524-7048. Please send one copy to Mr. James Cannon, National Aeronautics and Space Administration George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Mail Stop: TD60, Subsystem and Component Development Department, Building 4203, Room 4401, Marshall Space Flight Center AL 35812; two copies to Jamie B. Neidert, Ph.D., US RDECOM, AMSRD-AMR-PS-PT, Building 7120/224, Redstone Arsenal AL 35898; three copies to Mr. Stuart Blashill, Code 477000D, NAVAIRWARCENWPNDIV, 1 Administration Circle, China Lake CA 93555-6100 and two copies to Mr. Rob Jankovsky, RPP, Building 301, Room 203, MS 301-3, Cleveland OH 44135. The POC for technical and programmatic questions regarding the ARPP is listed in paragraph 6 below. Electronic media responses are encouraged. Any company submitting proprietary information contained in the response shall be separately marked. Non-proprietary pages should be marked appropriately. Responses shall be due no later than 13 July 2007, 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Items to be delivered to the government, in response to the RFI, are technical and programmatic documents. Contractor presentations of the ARPPs will be requested and scheduled after the receipt of responses. Late responses will not be reviewed. The items submitted shall be "For Official Use Only", unclassified and may be **Distribution F (below) where sufficient technical detail is provided clearly describing concepts and technologies to achieve current IHPRPT Phase III goals. 6. For technical and programmatic questions regarding the ARPP the POC is Mr. Drew DeGeorge AFRL/PRS (661) 275-5713 (661) 275-5713 or cellular phone (661)-810-8950. For Contracting questions the POC is Ms Deanna Wright, AFFTC/PKT, (661)-277-8611 **Distribution Statement F: Further dissemination only as directed by AFRL/PRS, 5 Pollux Drive, Edwards AFB CA 93524-7048 (date of determination) or DoD higher authority [ODDR&E/DUSD(S&T)]. Warning: This document contains technical data whose export is restricted by the ARMS EXPORT CONTROL ACT (Title 22, USC, Sec 2751 et seq) or the EXPORT ADMINISTRATION ACT of 1979, as amended, Title 50 USC, App 2401 et seq. Violations of these export laws are subject to severe criminal penalties.
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Address: AFRL/PRS-RFI only- No place of performance
Zip Code: 93524
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