NASA/HQ intends to issue a sole-source Request for Proposal (RFP) to Virginia Tech to take possession of the LAICE cubesat and launch it in coordination with the CubeSat Launch Initiative program. The RFP will also provide for the subsequent processing and dissemination of the data collected. The estimated period of performance for this firm fixed price (FFP) contract will be for two year(s).
The LAICE CubeSat was originally built by Virginia Tech, which was unable to attain an FCC license and therefore LAICE has been shelved indefinitely. The 2013 National Academy Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey Key Science Goal 2 has made this an attractive opportunity as launch and operation of the LAICE CubeSat will address key aspects of the goal. As the initiator and developer of this CubeSat, Virginia Tech is consequently the only responsible contractor with the requisite key knowledge of the original build and test of the LAICE CubeSat needed to meet the project's requirement. This organization is also in sole possession of the required CubeSat documentation, which is required for the completion of this project.
Statutory authority for this procurement is 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) - Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements. However, organizations who believe they can provide these services without any detrimental impact to the program cost and schedule should fully identify their interest and capabilities within 15 days after publication of this synopsis. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort via email to Lois McDuffee, , not later than 4:30 p.m. EDST on August 25, 2019. 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. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.
The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/Omb.html.