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[09-Feb-2023] NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is hereby soliciting information from potential sources for a spaceflight, cloud profiling Doppler radar for potential future AOS acquisition.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) GSFC is seeking capability statements from all interested parties, including all socioeconomic categories of Small Businesses and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)/Minority Institutions (MI), and members of the underserved communities as defined by Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity And Support For Underserved Communities Through The Federal Government, for the purposes of determining the appropriate level of competition and/or small business subcontracting goals for AOS Radar. The Government reserves the right to consider a Small, 8(a), Women-owned (WOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran (SD-VOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Women-owned Small Business (EDWOSB) or HUBZone business set-aside based on responses received.
The AOS Radar target performance is documented in Attachment A. This market research RFI is to solicit vendors having the capabilities necessary to meet these performance targets. NASA is interested in understanding the capability of potential sources for developing spaceflight, cloud profiling Doppler radar or major subsystems, including experience, expertise, and facilities. NASA is seeking information on radar concepts, performance and technical resources of the system or major subsystems, including development plans, cost and schedule.
No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the solicitation. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized on Interested firms are responsible for monitoring this website for the release of any solicitation or synopsis.
Interested firms having the required capabilities necessary to meet the above requirement described herein should submit a capability statement of no more than 30 pages indicating the ability to perform all aspects of the effort. Attachment A includes technical background, detailed performance targets, and requested response content. Responses are expected to be approximately 10-30 pages plus Attachment B - AOS_Radar_RFI (filled out as possible).
Please advise if the product meeting the targets in Attachment A is considered to be a commercial or commercial-type product. A commercial item is defined in FAR 2.101.
Additionally, in support of the Executive Order (EO) 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, NASA is seeking to advance equity or remove barriers for members of underserved communities related to this requirement. As defined in the EO, Underserved Communities refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, as exemplified by the list in the preceding definition of "equity." Equity means the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
NASA seeks input in the following areas:
1. To support the requirements identified in this request for information (RFI)/sources sought notification, what barriers or opportunities exist to engage subject matter experts from industry and academia and how can those barriers be overcome? How can underserved communities be leveraged?
2. To support the requirements identified in this RFI, what barriers or opportunities exist to partner with subcontractors that employ members of underserved communities, as defined above?
3. What other recommendations would you make to enhance diversity and inclusion?
4. What should be considered to encourage full participation and contribution of organizations and individuals (e.g., outreach efforts and innovative partnerships) in performance of this requirement?
NASA also requests that all large business respondents identify any anticipated small Business Subcontracting Goals by completing the table (Attachment C) within this notice.
All responses shall be submitted electronically via email to (Andres Castro - and Craig Keish - no later than Friday, March 31, 2023, at 5PM EDT. Please reference "AOS Radar RFI" in any response.
This synopsis is for information and planning purposes only and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to procure hardware or conduct further studies, nor will the Government pay for information solicited. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation.