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Enhanced Polar System (EPS) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) Development Contract Notice of Proposed Contract Action

Solicitation Number: FA8808-12-R-0001
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Force Space Command
Location: SMC - Space and Missile Systems Center
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General Information
Contracting Office Address
Department of the Air Force, Air Force Space Command, SMC - Space and Missile Systems
Center, SMC/PKJ, 483 N. Aviation Blvd., Suite 2142-A8, EI Segundo, California, 90245-2808
Contracting Officer
Natalie Tunnell, SMC/PKJ, 310-653-9530
Classification Code: 58 - Communications, Detection and Coherent Radiation
NAICS Code: 517919 -- All other telecommunications [Size Standard: $25 Million]
Solicitation #: FA8808-12-R-0001
Notice #: 12-28
Procurement Type: Pre-Solicitation

The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate intends to issue a solicitation for the Enhanced Polar System (EPS) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) Development Contract not before 15 days after the posting of this Notice of Proposed Contract Action. For this acquisition, the NAICS code is 517919, and widest industry participation is encouraged to include that of qualified small and small disadvantaged businesses.
The EPS program will provide Extremely High Frequency (EHF) protected satellite communications (SATCOM) capability to forces operating in the North Polar Region. The system will provide communications for the National Command Authority (NCA), military tactical and strategic forces and other user communities. EPS will provide the capability to carry secure teletype, voice, email, instant messaging, video, multi-media and data communications. EPS will provide continuous coverage to terminals operating in the polar region and support secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical communications between forces operating above 65 degrees north latitude (defined as the Polar Field of View or PFOV) and mid-latitude users. EPS consists of the following segments:
• EPS Payload Segment
• EPS Terminal Segment
• EPS Control and Planning Segment (CAPS)
• EPS Gateway Segment

EPS Program Office will be responsible for overall development, performance and integration of the system, to include overall system level SEIT. This solicitation solely concerns CAPS, associated CAPS SEIT tasks and support to the overall system level SEIT activities conducted by the EPS Program Office. CAPS will be used in conjunction with the Telemetry and Control (T&C) terminal provided by the Terminal Segment. The T&C terminal will provide connectivity between the payload and CAPS. CAPS will provide:
• EPS planning and management
• In-band EPS payload system control
• EPS cryptographic planning
• EPS terminal image generation

CAPS is the primary means for commanding and receiving telemetry for the payloads. CAPS provides execution of essential mission functions such as payload clock management and over-the-air-rekey (OTAR) of user terminals. CAPS will receive spacecraft ephemeris data from the Host Mission Ground Station and use it to generate User Ephemeris Messages that are uplinked to the EPS payload for distribution to the Terminal Segment. Currently, CAPS is planned to be deployed at Schriever AFB with the T&C terminal located at the EPS Gateway site.
CAPS is part of an urgently needed EPS capability to ensure there is no gap in critical polar communications. As a result, the Government seeks an offering that has high confidence in meeting the schedule outlined in the solicitation.
The CAPS contract type will be a Cost Plus Incentive Fee (CPIF) contract and the Period of Performance (PoP) for the overall contract will be from Milestone-B (MS-B) to Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The basic contract includes the design work and non-recurring engineering for a unique system, as well as CAPS related SEIT and support to EPS system level SEIT. Additionally, a CPIF priced option to complete the development and deployment of CAPS and for CAPS related SEIT support to EPS is included.
The desired outcome of this contract effort is a fully operational system that meets the threshold requirements defined in the segment specifications and meets the government operational needs as tested and accepted by the Responsible Test Organization (RTO).
On the date of the final RFP release to Industry, the Government will post an announcement on FedBizOps, and post the final RFP documents to the EPS CAPS Bidder's Library. Draft versions of the RFP documents are currently available in the Bidder's Library. Interested contractors should ensure they have access to the Bidder's Library prior to RFP release. Contractors may request access to the Bidder's Library by contacting Ms. LaMia Keenan by email at or at (310) 653-9393 (Alternate POC: Mr. Noble Smith, or at (310) 653-9294) and must obtain and sign a Non-disclosure Agreement prior to being granted access to the Bidder's Library. All information in the Bidder's Library is at the unclassified level. For access to classified information related to this effort, please see the instructions in the RFP.
This notice is for information and planning purposes only; it does not constitute a Request for Proposal. The Government will not recognize any cost associated with submission of information in response to this or previous notices. This announcement is for information and planning purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation, nor is it to be construed as a commitment by the Government. The Government will not pay for any effort expended in responding to this notice.
Any and all EPS-related program questions should be addressed to the EPS Contracting Officer, Ms. Natalie Tunnell, Email: Mailing Address: SMC/PKJ Attn: Natalie Tunnell, 483 N. Aviation Blvd., Bldg. A8, Room 2133-D, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California 90245-2808.

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Enhanced Polar System (EPS) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) Development Contract Notice of Proposed Contract Action
Posted Date:
January 11, 2012
Description: Enhanced Polar System (EPS) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) Development Contract Notice of Proposed Contract Action
483 North Aviation Blvd
El Segundo, California 90245-2808
Natalie R. Tunnell,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 3106539530
Noble C. Smith IV,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 3106539294