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August 22, 2014

Notice Type: Sources Sought Notice

Posted Date: 21-AUG-14

Office Address: National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Goddard Space Flight Center; Office of Procurement; NASA/Code 210.S, Greenbelt, MD 20771


Classification Code: A - Research & Development


Contact: Michael Adams, Engineer, Phone 301-286-2010, Fax 301-286-0341, Email - Julie A. Janus, Contracting Officer, Phone 301-286-4931, Fax 301-286-0341, Email [Michael Adams]

Description: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight Center

Office of Procurement

Partnership Opportunity Document (POD) with NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) for Thermopile Array, Filter Assembly and/or Blackbody Calibrator This partnership opportunity is for a NASA Planetary Mission Opportunities in 2014. NASA/GSFC is seeking a partner for spaceflight instrument development for a potential proposal to this opportunity. GSFC mission teams will be submitting proposals to the Europa Instrument Investigation Second Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) Program Element Appendix (PEA). This opportunity will be a two-step process, with the first proposal response being primarily focused on the scientific merit and technical feasibility of the proposed mission and its associated scientific investigation. The initial submissions will then be down-selected after formal peer review and the resultant subset of proposals will be funded to perform Phase A mission concept studies. During Phase A, proposals will be expanded and refined to detail the entire end-to-end life cycle concept, with greater attention to engineering implementation, cost, and schedule. Information on the Europa Instrument Investigation PEA can be found at the following location: " method=init&solId="ht tp:// method=init&solId= {D663DD46-1929-9482-24BA-D5BCDBAA10BC}&path=open This partnership opportunity is being issued to interested and qualified teaming partners to help prepare a NASA/GSFC concept for proposal submittal and to provide a flight qualified instrument subsystem should the instrument be selected for flight. This partnership opportunity is for the development, integration, test and delivery of Thermopile Array, Filter Assembly and/or Blackbody Calibrator. While NASA/GSFC is looking for a partner to provide all three components as a set, potential responders may respond to individual components. Selection will be based on the best value to the government. For this partnership opportunity dealing with the preparation of the initial submission, there will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners. Funding will be available for Phase A and subsequent phases should the investigation be approved to continue through the mission-defined gates for flight. NASA/GSFC reserves the option to not select any teaming partners under this POD offering on the basis of materials received. POD Response Instructions for Pre-Selection Support The respondent shall: 1) Demonstrate understanding and experience in the design, fabrication, procurement, integration and testing of Thermopile Array, Filter Assembly and/or Blackbody Calibrator: Identify the means of addressing system requirements that your team assumes are likely to exist and tasks the Thermopile Array, Filter Assembly and/or Blackbody Calibrator are/or intended for, Highlight particularly critical or challenging areas for the delivery of the Thermopile Array, Filter Assembly and/or Blackbody Calibrator, Provide a technical summary/description of the proposed hardware including relevant heritage with cost information. 2) Identify any recommended potential study topics related to the Thermopile Array, Filter Assembly and/or Blackbody Calibrator. 3) Indicate the level of resources to be allocated for the proposal phase. Discuss skills that will be provided, the appropriate level of conceptual design, and analyses and trade studies to be performed. 4) Identify pertinent missions for which the respondent has previously provided support for proposal writing in the area of Thermopile Array, Filter Assembly and/or Blackbody Calibrator design, fabrication, procurement, integration and testing for the technical specifications listed. General Instructions for POD Response Potential respondents are asked to contact the GSFC team with a Notice Of Interest (intentionally not called a notice of intent). This Notice of Interest does not create an obligation to respond to the POD, but allows the GSFC team to disseminate additional details to provide answers to questions from potential partners. Notice of Interest respondents will receive a document containing additional details on the Thermopile Array, Filter Assembly and Blackbody Calibrator specifications, which can be used to facilitate a focused response to the partnership opportunity. These details are competition sensitive and are not to be shared outside the teams necessary to prepare a full response. After receipt of the mission document, respondents may send questions to the GSFC point of contact (POC) listed below. All questions and answers will be made available to all those who respond to the Notice of Interest. The source of the questions shall be held confidential. Questions and answers that contain information unique to a respondents proprietary approach will not be shared if they are identified as such. Notice of Interest shall be sent to the POC listed below via email with Notice of Interest in the subject line, a simple sentence or two expressing interest and an email address to send further information. For purposes of this partnership opportunity, the contact is Michael Adams, [ ] , 301.286.2010. Responses to the Partnership Opportunity Document (POD) shall: 1) Be in a presentation format (viewgraphs: such as PPT) that shall not exceed 30 pages. The font size for the text shall be no smaller than 12 point. 2) Address all requirements noted in Sections 3.0 through 6.0 of this document. Responses will be treated as proprietary information and controlled as such by NASAs GSFC for the US Government. The respondents shall deliver the requested information in a standard presentation format. Final presentation packages (electronic copy only) must be received by 5 pm EDT, September 5, 2014. Presentations are to be delivered via email to the above listed contact.


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