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Document Type:SNOTE
Posted Date:Jan 25, 2018
Category: Space Vehicles
Set Aside:N/A

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Mail Code: BG, Houston, Texas, 77058-3696, United States


This synopsis is an update to previously submitted synopsis number 80JSC017FGB. NASA/JSC is considering contracting with the State Space Corporation "ROSCOSMOS" for the support services for sustaining engineering tasks on the International Space Station (ISS) Functional Cargo Block (FGB) module, "Zarya," through December 31, 2020 to ensure the continuation of the FGB onboard systems nominal operations. These services would provide the development and execution of on-orbit life sustaining plans for FGB module operations, ground engineering support for data trending and anomaly resolution, Crew training required to support FGB activities, Crew execution of on-board execution, ground maintenance of Mission Control Center (MCC) assets necessary to ensure health of the FGB modules, MCC personnel to perform flight control activities associated with the FGB, flight certification of hardware and software, and the use and management of ground assets, including test stands, necessary for the successful performance of the FGB module. The FGB was the first launched element of the International Space Station, built in Russia under US contract and owned by the United States. During the ISS assembly phase, ROSCOSMOS was responsible for technically integrating the FGB module into the Russian ISS segment, which is operated by ROSCOSMOS. As integrator and executor of the FGB sustaining engineering tasks, ROSCOSMOS maintains expert knowledge of the FGB on-orbit operating conditions and assets required for all factions of ground support. Further, the FGB module utilizes Mission Control Center - Moscow (MCC-M) and ground assets leased and maintained by ROSCOSMOS. ROSCOSMOS is also responsible for the Cosmonaut Crew time required to perform maintenance and troubleshooting of the module. ROSCOSMOS successfully executes critical on-orbit flight certification and FGB systems engineering services to ensure the FGB is sustained while maintaining critical interfaces with the Russian segment, and has performed these tasks, since the beginning of ISS assembly. ROSCOSMOS is currently the sole known contractor proven to integrate all factions of the scope of work required to satisfy the Governments requirements. Therefore, NASA is considering purchasing the support services for sustaining engineering tasks from ROSCOSMOS without competition. NASA is issuing this synopsis in order to provide notice of the Agencys requirements and to determine whether any other potential sources have the current capability to provide the support services for sustaining engineering tasks during the required timeframe. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to provide the support services for the tasks described below. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. The determination of whether or not to acquire these services without completion is solely within the discretion of the Government. Submissions must be provided in writing to the identified Point of Contact not later than 4:30pm local time on February 9, 2018. Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice. Description of services to be acquired: NASA is considering to acquire the support services which will enable ROSCOSMOS to continue performing the sustaining engineering tasks below from ROSCOSMOS: •The support services include: Contract and programmatic requirements for maintaining the current state of the FGB, validating the FGB operational requirements, Storing FGB spares at KhSC and transporting spares to Baikonur September 31, 2020 - December 31, 2020 and ensuring ROSCOSMOS management accountability in support of the following sustaining engineering tasks: oEnsuring the FGB systems function nominally during all phases of each ISS operating mode (including, but not limited to: propellant transfer, docking and undocking, USOS CMG desaturation, leak check, re-boost) oAnalyses, calculations and monitoring of loads and strength of FGB materials (assure the strength and other properties of structures) oEvaluation of the microbial environment, provide recommendations and execute the performance of measures to optimize sanitary conditions oAssessment of infrastructure materials for the climatic health and strength due to space flight factors oMonitoring the FGB structural components, cargo items, and panels oAssuring the integrity and pressurization of habitable compartments oEnsuring functional properties of onboard cable network oEnsuring pressure integrity of the pneumatic/hydraulic system, propulsion system and spherical tanks oSustaining the systems which receive, transfer, store and convert electrical power via FGB systems oSustaining the operational life of onboard FGB complex control system avionics and support systems oMaintaining control of the FGB onboard complex avionics and FGB communications with the ground segment using United States Onboard Systems (USOS) and Russian Segment (RS) assets oAssuring nominal FGB thermal conditions, life support and FGB atmosphere revitalization oMaintaining the exchange of FGB status via Caution and Warning system with USOS and RS oSustaining the operational life of FGB power supply system devices, wire cables and insulation oMaintaining the FGB fire detection and suppression systems oMaintaining FGB lighting oRemoval and Replacement of devices and hardware, as they fail, or as deemed technically feasible to ensure optimal performance of FGB systems o Provision of FGB spares assessment and projections for the future needs and deliveries oPreparation of FGB hardware for launch including; certification, safety documents and packaging oTransportation of FGB hardware from bonded storage facility to launch site oProvision of experienced personnel and execution of FGB flight control using ISS MCC assets and Russian communication channels oMaintaining the functional ability of MCC-M software and hardware oMaintaining and operate flight ground test stands oSupporting crew operations and fulfill international crew training requirements in relation to supporting FGB activities. oMaintaining and operate flight system simulators oConducting reviews and technical interchange meetings with system experts, technical boards and panels To execute all core requirements of this scope of work, the Contractor must: oManage and Control Cosmonaut on-orbit crew time schedules with the ability to prioritize events in support of preventative maintenance and anomaly resolution at no additional cost. oManage, Oversee and Validate FGB operational requirements by the analysis of system performance data to determine response to anomalous activity and the execution of corrective events and maintenance tasks. The contractor must have access to Russian information and data to perform this work, to include Russian export controlled data. oMaintain real-time access, without restriction to all FGB MCC-M flight control assets, MCC-M ISS RS MCC assets, flight system simulators, ground test stands, software verification facilities and crew trainer facilities to afford immediate response to critical anomalies without restriction, time delay or additional cost. oMaintain real-time access to Crew training facilities in Star City, Russia as well as personnel access without delay including Russian security authorization and access to respond expeditiously to critical operations, anomalies and preventative maintenance tasks. oManage the development of mockups in real-time configuration, training procedures and execution of Cosmonaut External Vehicular Activity (EVA) training on the FGB to respond to critical anomalies without restriction or additional cost for such effort or training run. oManage the provision of transportation capability to expeditiously transit hardware from Russian (or a former Soviet Union country) to Baikonur, Kazakhstan (and back) for launch and landing with customs clearance and without a specific cost for each item moved. oManage the capability to command to the FGB directly through the Russian ground stations. oThe Contractor must be a fully briefed active member of the Joint Commission, with the capability to have access to Russian controlled information regarding any FGB anomaly resulting in a Commission. The Contractor shall have the authority to receive full access to the data, analysis, and result of the Joint Commission anomaly findings without redaction to include Russian export controlled information. oThe contractor must have the capability to have full access to the on-orbit crew flight data file with no redactions. Background: The purchase of these support services for sustaining engineering tasks will ensure the continued engineering support required to provide FGB Sustaining Engineering activities and services onboard the ISS through December 31, 2020 for all operating modes. The FGB module is a self-sufficient orbital transfer vehicle, which contains propulsion, guidance, navigation and control, communications, electrical power, thermal control systems and stowage capacity. The support services for sustaining engineering tasks will ensure the monitoring and management of the health of the systems of the FGB. ROSCOSMOS management is responsible for the health of the module which includes, but is not limited to, subsystem and component performance of electrical power system, thermal control system, command and data handling system, environmental control system, motion control system and structures and mechanisms. These subsystems are monitored via on-orbit and ground assets and maintained by analyses, testing and the execution of crew and ground procedures. Additionally ROSCOSMOS is responsible for procedures, crew training and crew time required to sustain FGB operations. The space environment can create adverse impacts on hardware due to ionizing radiation, cyclic temperature changes and the hazards of space debris. Sustaining engineering of component performance shall include the analysis, recovery planning and execution in the event of a failure or anomaly. Analysis and evaluation of FGB loads and materials will be performed to determine materials strength, module health and life span. ROSCOSMOS will provide projections of components to be delivered on-board to ensure hardware and software reliability results in a safe and habitable module. This includes the repair and replacement projections of hardware as determined by run to failure calculations. As a means to mitigate risks, hardware logistical planning shall be executed by run to failure mode, if the run to failure mode creates a lifespan hazard, hardware degradation analyses will be performed and a replacement plan will be devised and executed. The contractor will be responsible for the safety certification of launching and disposing FGB hardware as well as preparing and packaging the hardware for launch. The Contractor will provide the support services that will enable the aforementioned sustaining engineering tasks. ROSCOSMOS is currently the sole known contractor proven to integrate all phases of the scope of work required to satisfy the Governments requirements. 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.

Original Point of Contact

POC Ulcka K. Patel, Phone: 2817922159, Lawrence Miller, Phone: 2814833916

Place of Performance

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