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Sole Source Notice for DARPA Heliplane Phase 1B and Phase 2

Solicitation Number: SN08-46
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
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Special Notice
Added: Jul 16, 2008 9:00 am

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,
Tactical Technology Office (TTO), intends to award a Sole Source contract to the
Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), Atlanta, GA for phases 1B (6 months) and
2 (15 months) of the Heliplane program.  Previous
Phase 1 Heliplane activities were completed by a team led by Groen Brothers
Aviation which included the GIT as a subcontractor under Other Transaction Agreement
No. HR0011-06-9-0002. During Phase 1, the Heliplane team developed and
completed subscale demonstrations of key enabling technologies and completed
the preliminary design of an aircraft capable of 400 mph cruise and VTOL
performance. The GIT members of the Heliplane team developed innovative
approaches to enable controlled flight of the Heliplane at 400 mph and
approaches to meet acoustic performance requirements for tip-jets.  The Phase 1 Heliplane Agreement, although
written for all phases of the DARPA research program, has concluded at Phase 1A
and reorganizing of the team members is necessary prior to continuing the


The proposed Heliplane Phase IB effort is a logical
follow-on (continuation) to the effort conducted by the Heliplane team under Agreement
No. HR0011-06-9-0002.  During Phase 1B,
the GIT will be required to mature the design of the Heliplane to ensure that
it closes on a 400 mph VTOL aircraft that is able to meet all program objectives,
including tip-jet noise requirements. During Phase 2, the GIT will be required
to complete an experimental demonstration of the capability to control the
Heliplane at cruise speeds up to 400 mph and to demonstrate the capability to
meet tip-jet noise goals.  DARPA
anticipates Groen Brothers Aviation maintaining a role in Phases 1B and 2 of
the Heliplane program as a subcontractor to the GIT. 


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 technical approaches to
meet the goals of the Heliplane concept, the GIT possesses unique knowledge,
capabilities and data required to carry out the 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 28 August
2008 to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Attn: Mr. Michael D.
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.       

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