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Solicitation Number: NNJ14514764L
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Office: Johnson Space Center
Location: Office of Procurement
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Added: Jun 19, 2014 12:01 pm
This notice is issued by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) to post a Request For Information (RFI) via the internet, and solicit responses from interested parties. This document is for information and planning purposes and to allow industry the opportunity to verify reasonableness and feasibility of the requirement, as well as promote competition. This RFI synopsis is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for the information submitted in response. Respondents will not be notified of the results.

NASA/JSC is conducting market research to seek potential sources who can provide International Space Station (ISS) scale models (1/100th and 1/44 scales) with cases. Each ISS model is to be manufactured to the specifications below and must include a Custom Designed Transit Case. A diagram can be seen on the attached URL: http://procurement.js .

The models shall be delivered to NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Cases and models are to come with a 5-year warranty on all components, materials and craftsmanship; which does not include damage due to extensive abuse and normal wear-and-tear. The case insulation is to come with a 5 year warranty.

The Models shall be made of resin, metals, and/or other material to withstand a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Upon shipment, these models must be stored in a room temperature environment no higher than 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The models shall be modular so that the connection point is similar and the modules, truss segments, arrays, etc., can be added or removed. The solar arrays shall be easily attached and removed from the model with reliable attach points. Models should be built to reflect current ISS configuration and also include, but not limited to, the following components that are attachable: Mini Research Module-2 (MRM2), Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), Mini Research Module-1 (MRM1), Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), Soyuz (2 per model), Progress (2 per model), H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA), Dragon and Cygnus (1 each per model), WETA2 move from CP8 to CP11 (Node 2 Zenith), CP7 move to CP8, Node 1 Nadir to have magnet, and PMM to have magnet. See link below for a current diagram of the International Space Station.

The offeror is encouraged to be creative in their solution of the model and base material; however, the material proposed shall be appropriate for technical accuracy and enhance the overall aesthetics, and not detract from the model. The model shall be mounted on a base that permits the model to be firmly and independently secured on a desk. The models shall be guaranteed to maintain its shape and not droop, sag or hang through normal wear and tear for a minimum of one year.

A Custom Designed Transit Case should be furnished for each model. Each model shall be packed in a shipping case. The intended purpose of the Custom Designed Transit Case is to transport and stow the ISS model when not on display. Materials used to construct these cases should, at a minimum, be Air Transportation Association of America (ATA) rated equivalent or better. Dimensions of the case are not to exceed 46L x 32 1/4W x 18 3/4" H.

The model shall be designed so that it can be transported safely and minimal disassembly should be required in order to move the model to and from locations. Components should be designed for quick disassembly and reassembly, and without causing any damage. Disassembly should be facilitated and components sized so that the model can be transported as checked baggage on airlines. Transportation cases/boxes should permit safe handling, shipping and transportation with no damage to the models.

Prospective offerors are invited to respond to this RFI with an information package and capabilities statement to, no later than 3:00PM CST on July 1, 2014.

Comments may be forwarded to Sophia Mo via electronic mail at

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at ub_library/Omb.html .

The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/JSC Business Opportunities home page is http://prod.nais.nasa .gov/cgi-bin/eps/bizops.cgi?gr=D&pin=73 It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments, if any.

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BG
Sophia Mo, Contract Specialist, Phone 281-792-7877, Fax 281-244-2370, Email - Learon J. Comeaux, Contracting Officer, Phone 281-483-6525, Fax 281-244-2370, Email

Sophia Mo