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Nasa Announcement

January 26, 2011 by staff 

Nasa Announcement, Speculations abound for NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope. The space agency plans to reveal a new discovery made by one of the most famous telescopes in the world during a media teleconference today.

“Astronomers have pushed the Hubble Space Telescope to its limits and I have seen farther in time than ever before,” teased in a NASA press release.

The panel of 13 pm EST conference call will include co-investigator Hubble Rychard Bouwens, Hubble Principal Investigator, Garth Illingworth and NASA program scientist Eric Smith.

People on Twitter probably do not have powers comparable to those gentlemen astronomy above, but there is no reason they should not throw around a few possibilities for the announcement of Hubble today:
NASA issued a formal notice of availability (NOA) and requests for information (RFI) to determine the interest of the industry for the treatment of space and support facilities at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Facilities may become available for commercial purposes related to space following the end of the space shuttle program.

Facilities that could become available are well suited for entities operating or directly supporting government and commercial launch services or user space.

“Kennedy has worked for some time for commercial space activities in the center that are in line with the mission of NASA, the Kennedy Center Director Bob Cabana said.” Partnering with the commercial space industry will help NASA achieve its objectives and helping to support installation assets to support the objectives space of our nation. “

Ad Group facilities in four classes: the treatment facilities and spacecraft launch; treatment facilities offline; treatment facilities of the payload, and equipment. Facilities listed in the announcement include: Launch Pads 39A and B, the vehicle Assembly Building, Orbiter Processing Facilities and the landing of the shuttle.

NASA reserves the right to later withdraw the facilities of this list if the agency decides it needs them for its own needs. NASA may also consider other options for the provision of facilities already mentioned, if in the best interest of the government.

NASA has already received commercial interest in some of the center’s facilities. This review is the latest step in efforts to raise awareness with industry on the center’s assets potentially available. It has been published to provide the broadest view on the facilities and to ensure fairness to the parties concerned.

For more information on visiting NES / RFI: http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/bizops.cgi? Gr=D & pin = 76 # 145065

For more about the Kennedy Space Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND REQUEST FOR INFORMATION REQUEST FOR INTEREST ON INDUSTRY and potential uses for certain facilities KENNEDY SPACE CENTER NASA

Synopsis – January 24, 2011

General Information

Application Number: N / A
Reference Number: RFI-NOA-OP-SO11-01
Publication Date: January 24, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: January 24, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Date of initial response: 24 February 2011
Date Replied on: February 24, 2011
Classification Code: X – Lease or rental of facilities
NAICS Code: 336414 – Manufacturing guided missiles and space vehicles

Contracting Official address

NASA / John F. Kennedy Space Center, Procurement, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

Description

PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE AND DEMAND

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is seeking to identify potential interests of industry and certain proposed uses, active real estate agency located at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This announcement describes the assets of NASA who are currently or soon will be under-utilized due to the transition from the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) for future missions authorized by Congress in the NASA Act of authorization of 2010.

KSC also seeks through this announcement to ensure broad awareness and visibility of available opportunities for public-private and public-public Ventures (PPV) between NASA and industry or non-federal public entities. Such projects are defined as tools Partnership Program NASA Real Property Management to take advantage of its under-used buildings to maximize utilization and efficiency. NASA may use a PPV to give a partner an interest in real property for a specified period by an instrument such as a lease, use permit, or any other form of legal agreement authorized by the Act NASA’s Space 1958 and Space Commercial Launch Act. In addition to agreements on the map, NASA may consider other strategies, as described in this release, to allow others to use the facilities for which KSC has a current or future needs to support the NASA mission.

He intends to NASA to ensure fairness to all parties and ensure the best value for government in granting the use of NASA facilities in a manner that optimizes its mission support agency and objectives of U.S. policy and national space.

To meet these ends, NASA requested a written response to this announcement for KSC to help achieve the following objectives:

1. Identify and document the specific interests of industry and non-federal government entities in pursuit of a real estate deal with NASA for the use of KSC facilities identified in this announcement. 2. Assess the extent of the interest by industry and non-federal public entities in the use of underutilized assets of the NASA KSC to engage in activities in support of NASA missions and purpose. 3. Provide data to support the planning of infrastructure KSC spaceport and use of federal facilities. 4. Determine how the underutilized capacity at KSC can be made available in a fair and responsive to industry and / or non-federal public entities to advance the objectives and national organizations.

KSC continues to evaluate and identify, in cooperation with the office aware of the NASA program and the directions of mission, KSC assets are needed to meet existing and future bodies. Therefore, the facilities identified in this release that are expected to be partially or fully available for other users can then be considered by NASA as unavailable because of the agency’s needs clean installation.

The government will implement the selection criteria and make the facilities available and other assets only if it is deemed in the best interest of the government. NASA reserves the right to proceed with the development and negotiation of one or more proposed VPP or other partnerships and agreements for use of facilities with respondents to this announcement without further notice if it determines that she has met the objectives, intentions and objectives identified in this announcement.

NASA is not prohibited from entering into agreements with other real estate entities for the use of federal facilities KSC identified in this Notice of Availability consider expressions of interest and proposed use that may be received from the industry and non-federal public entities under this announcement.

NASA is under no obligation to make any PPV or other partnership arrangements regarding the expected availability of underutilized facilities at KSC.

Instead of using a PPV to give a partner an interest in real property through a lease or other instrument, the NASA space authorities can use the law to allow use of facilities for specified purposes without giving the user with a real interest. For example, KSC can take such an approach for a facility operated by NASA KSC for both users and non-NASA on a regular basis.

If NASA decides that a facility will become inactive without having known current and future NASA mission support, but still of value to support the goal of NASA and space policy National if used by others, NASA may decide to divest the agency of the asset transfer to another federal agency, or other disposition of the property put in place processes managed by the General Services Administration (GSA).

BACKGROUND:

As requested by Congress, NASA will retire the space shuttle program in fiscal 2011 after 30 years of operation. NASA Authorization Act of 2010 directs that NASA proceed with the development of a new launch system space that can access the cis-lunar space and regions of space beyond the orbit Low Earth.

The NASA Administrator is further directed to conduct a program to prepare the infrastructure at KSC for this transition, to strengthen the overall capacity of the Centre and reduce the cost of long-term operation and maintenance while taking measures to provide support multi-vehicles, improvements in the treatment of the payload, and the partnership at KSC. The law also reiterated the commitment by Congress to develop commercial launch systems developed and delivered to the International Space Station for mission crew and cargo.

NASA is challenged as a key element of this transition to review the scope and, where appropriate, “the size” of its infrastructure and equipment to print up the most effective support missions in the funding levels provided. KSC capabilities and assets that are unused or underutilized for the requirements of NASA in the short term, may be re-designed and used by the commercial space industry and other direct support of NASA mission and purpose.

KSC strategic aims to identify develop and harmonize the Centre distinctive space transportation assets and capabilities with other government departments and commercial space. KSC seeks to expand partnerships, customers, and regional economic opportunities compatible with the mission of NASA. KSC wants to promote and encourage the wider use and more comprehensive asset and KSC facilities to advance national goals for space exploration and development and maximize the investment of the nation’s spaceport in federal. These efforts are designed to improve space launch vehicles and treatment facilities and capabilities available to both commercial and government launch and space services industry.

PRIORITY USES Services available:

For facilities identified in this press release, NASA intends to give priority to the potential uses and users of the facilities available, which align with the following:

* The entities that operate or provide direct support space launch missions or user space for the government of the United States at Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station;

* The entities that operate or provide direct support space launch missions and commercial space user, whether or not the U.S. government is a customer of NASA will consider other techniques used in operational and compatible with users, which are determined directly or indirectly support its mission and purposes if unused capacity is available.

USES that NASA not include:

For facilities identified in this release, which may be available for potential PPV or other partnership agreements, NASA will not now consider the responses:

* Do not show any relevance to the NASA mission or purpose of government and American interests, or fail to demonstrate the necessity for using the asset KSC requested that cannot be met more appropriately to other locations outside the restricted area or off center;

* Are considered incompatible with the current Master Plan KSC, policies of land use, environmental conditions, or cause a negative impact on the NASA mission;

* Request any proposed transfer of land title, proposed residential uses, or proposed operation of agricultural commercial uses;

GOVERNMENT her right to apply criteria:

reserves the right to NASA to apply criteria to evaluate the “best fit” for other uses and users who may be considered for facilities identified in this release. These criteria may include, but are not limited to:

* The degree of alignment with the NASA mission, purpose and objectives of developing long term plans for the Kennedy Space Center spaceport as a multi-user;

* The services at KSC, NASA and other U.S. government interests;

* The alignment of the proposed use and the date’s need of occupation, with the destination of the installation, configuration and availability dates;

* An assessment of the financial capacity of the proposed user and the prospects for financing the programs for the activity (whether employed by a government or commercial customer base);

* An assessment of environmental, safety, and security impacts of the proposed use and user;

* Potential and the degree of expected positive contribution to retention techniques KSC;

* The risk for KSC, NASA and other U.S. government interests.

GOVERNMENT’S RIGHT TO DISPOSE OF SERVICES:

This announcement does not preclude the option of the Government to have one or more of the identified facilities should determine that there is no current or future need related to a NASA mission or goal, and it is in the interest of the government to dispose of the property rather than keep it. Such a sale may include, but are not limited to:

* Declaration of improved facilities surplus to government requirements and disposal in accordance with established processes of the General Services Administration (GSA);

* The dismantling of the facility to allow redevelopment of the site at a later date;

* Abandoned in place.

IDENTIFICATION OF PLANT should be available:

This notice applies only to facilities as described in the following categories and listing. All these assets are located in the secure area and restricted access at KSC, generally referred to as “inside the gates.” Support facilities such as office / administrative space and storage space / logistics existing as part of an operation or treatment facility or in separate buildings near a farm or the treatment facility, are considered accessory uses needed to support the operations of other users or business at the Guiana Space Centre. The priority for this office / administrative space or storage space / logistics will be identified on the priority activities listed above, instead of using standalone non-operating spaceport another.

KSC SPACE PROCESSING SERVICES AND LAUNCH VEHICLE:

Launch Pad 39A – This launch complex was built in the Apollo program and modified for the Space Shuttle program. The complex includes the launch pad, various liquids and gases, including systems of Dewars for liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and structures of fixed and rotating to the space shuttle.

Launch Complex 39B – This launch complex was built in the Apollo program and modified for the Space Shuttle program. The complex includes the launch pad, various liquids and gases, including systems of Dewars for liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and self-protection against lightning towers. The use of this facility will probably be on a shared basis with other users.

Vehicle Assembly Building – This facility was built in the Apollo program and modified for the Space Shuttle program. It contains four high bays, some of which may be made available to non-users of NASA for the launch vehicle processing and preparation. The use of this facility will probably be on a shared basis with other users.

Launch Control Center (LCC) – This facility was built to support the Apollo program and was later modified to support the Space Shuttle Program. It contains four “shooting” local areas of engineering support and administrative offices. The firing chambers, which are essentially control rooms contain many speakers, computer hardware, software (operating systems, for example, command and control applications /, displays, operating systems, databases data), networks, communications equipment, configuration management, security of information technology, and other auxiliary tools and engineering processes to support the processing of current and future spacecraft and launch .

Orbiter Processing Facilities 1 and 2 – These buildings were constructed for the treatment of vehicles Space Shuttle Orbiter. Each contains a control room for vehicles of environmental control systems, high bay and ability to handle liquids and hazardous gases.

Orbiter Processing Facility 3 – This facility was constructed for the treatment of the Space Shuttle Orbiter vehicle. It contains a great height and a control room for vehicles of environmental control systems. Beside the bay earlier in the building is an area for processing engine known as the Space Shuttle main engine shop.

Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) – The SLF is a single, 15,000 concrete runway surfaces that faces southeast and northwest to the tracks 15 and 33 on the approach compass. Used for launching and retrieving horizontal space tests and other related operations and support operations of aviation compatible or for special purposes may be negotiated on the basis of available data. While the FSL will be available to multiple users, multiple associated support facilities and adjacent sites can be made available to qualified users dedicated assets.

TREATMENT FACILITIES OFF-LINE:

Booster Assembly and Refurbishment Facility (ARF-SRB) – This property has been built to support the Space Shuttle program. It provides high bays and control rooms for the treatment of solid booster segments unfueled. It also contains a connected office space for administrative staff and an area for testing of devices powered by hydrazine.

Processing Control Center – This facility was built to support operations off-line test for the space shuttle program. It is three floors and contains the rooms with raised floors to support computer systems and administrative offices.

Rotation Processing and Surge Facility cons (FARR) – This complex of three buildings was constructed to support the Space Shuttle program. The main building contains a crane for the rotation of the segments supplied solid rocket booster, while the two other buildings to provide for the storage of solid booster segments. Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) – This property has been built to support the Space Station program. The facility contains bays high, intermediate and weak command of space and laboratory testing, including test benches to support operations off-line test and administrative regions.

Hypergolic Maintenance Facility (HMF) – This facility contains several buildings in the KSC industrial area. They include buildings dangerous anti-evaluated, storage areas, staging waste and support buildings and associated control room’s hypergolic engineering.

Canister Rotation (ERC)-This facility was built to support operations and maintenance associated with the tanks used to transport payloads to areas of Space Shuttle processing. It contains a high-rise crane with 100 tons and a small bay that housed the carrier sled.

Thermal Protection System Facility (TPSF) – This property has been built to support the Space Shuttle program. The thermal protection system or shuttle tiles are manufactured and repaired at this hotel. This facility will probably be made available to multiple users as a service.

Parachute Processing Facility (PPF) – The facility provides for cleaning (washing) parachutes Space Shuttle missions in a rack outside washing and repair of the parachutes in several rooms.

KSC FACILITIES FOR TREATMENT OF PAYLOAD:

Multi-Payload Processing Facility (FPPM) – This facility includes three main structures, the main building which contains a great height, a little bay, airlock equipment and two control centers. There is a communications room connected to the high bay area and annex with administrative offices.

Payload Hazardous Service Facility (PHSF) – This property has three main structures: the high bay, in which dangerous operations can occur, a support vessel, which contains control rooms and a storage building carrier. This facility will probably be available for operations to multiple users on a shared basis for specific intervals when they are not necessary for the treatment of planetary missions. There have been periods of use mandatory government between 2011 and 2015 and additional periods can be identified at a later date.

OTHER SERVICES:

Merritt Island Launch Area (MILA) – The complex of facilities has been developed to house telemetry monitoring equipment and antennas. It contains several buildings, control rooms, conference rooms and administrative and support buildings. The area also contains several large tracking antennas.

Far Field Antenna Test Range – The Far Field Antenna Test Range, located in the northeast of KSC HMF, is certified to test antennas from 100 MHz to 18 GHz. It can test a variety of antenna types, which include TV, dipole, Strip-line Quad troubled Horn Mono-pulse phase, etc. The range is a variable distance / height test facility, and may test antennas up to 450 pounds using traditional methods integrated into a system for measuring the advance computer. The range has been used during the Gemini and Apollo programs, after which the building was left unattended. In 1992 the building was reopened in 1993 and retested. The facility was used to test the antennas of the shuttle, such as quad-band S, Heim-GPS L-Band TACAN, MSBLS, radar altimeter, EVA airlock compartment and UHF antennas. This facility has also been used to test the antennas as non-shuttle telemetry and GPS positioning dipole antennas for B1-B Bomber strategic, commercial phased array antenna systems for E-Systems, and multi-band multi-antenna network for Advanced Systems Development. From 2011, all positioning equipment and test equipment is calibrated and fully functional.

Other non-Properties: These assets, though not real property, may also be made available to qualified users on a dedicated basis. They are included here for completeness and providing potential users the possibility to notify NASA of their interest in these assets.

Mobile Launch Platforms (MLP) 1, 2 and 3 – These structures were built in the Apollo program and modified for the Space Shuttle program. They are used for assembly operations and the launch of vertical launchers. They can be made available to individual users for dedicated launch systems or multiple users.

Mobile Launcher (ML) – This structure was built for the Constellation program for assembly operations and the launch of the Ares 1 vehicle. This structure can be made available to individual users for the launch systems for dedicated or multiple users.

For more information about these facilities and assets, please go to http://kscpartnerships.ksc.nasa.gov and go on the “Kennedy Space Center Encyclopedia of resources under the heading” What’s New. ”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

No solicitation exists, therefore, do not ask for a copy of the invitation. The purpose of this PDA / RFI is to determine the level of industry interest in quantity and type of facilities. Additional information, if forthcoming, will be synopsized in the NASA Acquisition Internet Service (NAIS) and FedBizOps. It is the responsibility of users to monitor potential SNIA to release any additional information or a summary. This NES / RFI should not be construed as a commitment by the government or the government pay for information solicited. Since this is an ADD / RFI, no evaluation letters and / or results will be issued to the respondents. Instructions for responses: Potential users interested in the assets described KSC submit expressions of interest electronically, via e-mail address, primary point of contact (POC) listed below. The EOI consists of a one-page summary and additional pages of supporting details as required. Responses must contain a minimum font size 12. To facilitate a quick, one-page abstract should clearly identify facility needs and intended use of assets. The one-page summary should include: Corporate Information (1). Specify name of organization, address, POC and primary phone number, company size and type, and the product or service. (2) Assets. Identify the specific needs of active and proposed use. (3) Calendar. Identify where the assets are necessary for the intended use and for how long. Please note that if you have already responded to an inquiry or NASA has submitted a written request for the use of any facilities or property KSC listed in this RFA / RFI, you must provide an answer to the NES / RFI, which reaffirms the value. Include in your response a reference to your written reply to an earlier announcement from NASA, or the original written request, without repeating it in its entirety. Responses are required no later than February 24, 2011. Information received after this date will not be considered unless it is deemed in the best interest of the government. Please refer to the NES / RFI in any response. Respondents are asked to mark any confidential information whether it should be treated as confidential. All electronic responses should be sent to POC identified below, with the message line “Response to KSC Notice of Availability of January 24, 2011.” All questions you may have to be submitted in writing via email to POC listed below. Point of Contact:

James Ball james.e.ball @ nasa.gov

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Name: Marco Pochy
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 321-867-8567
Fax: 321-867-1188
Email: @ nasa.gov marco.l.pochy

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