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Sole Source Notice for DiscRotor Program (Phase 1)

Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-08-55
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
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Special Notice
Added: Sep 04, 2008 8:04 am
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Tactical Technology Office (TTO), intends to award a Sole Source contract to The Boeing Company, Philadelphia, PA for continuation (Phase 1) of DiscRotor Program. The DiscRotor concept is an aircraft with a relatively small hub-mounted disc that can extend rotor blades to affect vertical flight. The Boeing Company conducted a “Phase 0” (DARPA Seedling/Concept Study) DiscRotor research effort under Contract No. HR0011-07-C-0076. The Boeing Company’s Phase 0 effort was competitively selected in response to DARPA BAA 06-15 “Tactical Technology Office” (Office-wide). Under this Phase 0 contract, The Boeing Company, teamed with Virginia Polytechnical Institute, conducted DiscRotor trade studies, design refinement, mechanical systems conceptual layout, wind tunnel testing, hover rig testing, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and risk reduction planning, providing an initial assessment of performance and flying qualities. The proposed DiscRotor Phase I Program effort is a logical follow-on to the prior effort conducted by The Boeing Company and the Virginia Polytechnical Institute and will also lean on lessons learned from The Boeing Company’s earlier Canard Rotor Wing (CRW) program. Phase I will conduct enabling technology demonstrations – including wind tunnel testing of a small scale (manually) extendable rotor system and, subsequently, a large scale (automatically) extendable rotor system – in order to establish critical feasibility of the DiscRotor concept. Additionally, the Boeing Company team will conduct DiscRotor configuration and performance refinement, consider mission survivability issues, and develop options for a flying DiscRotor demonstrator. The proposed contract action is for supplies or services for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under authority of FAR 6.302-1 “Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.” As the developer of the DiscRotor concept, The Boeing Company team possesses unique knowledge, capabilities and proprietary intellectual property/data required to carry out the required research effort. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals and no solicitation is currently available. However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to the requirement. Responses/proposals received within forty-five (45) days after date of publication of this notice will be considered by the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open basis is solely within the discretion of the Government. Interested parties may identify their interest and capability to meet the requirements by submitting a white paper and past performance data by no later than 20 October 2008 to The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Attn: Mr. Michael Blackstone, Contracts Management Office (CMO), 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1714 or via email to Questions shall be submitted to the above email address. Please refer to Numbered Note 22.

It is noted that DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO) maintains an annual Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. The “Land, Air, Sea and Space Platforms” mission thrust area under this BAA specifically seeks proposals for innovative technologies and design approaches for vertical flight aircraft rotors and rotor systems such as The Boeing Company’s DiscRotor concept/program. Parties wishing to respond to this notice are invited, as an alternative, to submit a white paper against DARPA BAA 08-31.

3701 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22203-1714
Michael D. Blackstone
Phone: (571) 218-4804
Fax: (703) 696-2208