Mars 2020 Space Flight Instrument Development Partnership Opportunity

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

General Information

Solicitation Number: 107-2013
Posted Date: Sep 03, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Sep 03, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Sep 17, 2013
Current Response Date: Sep 17, 2013
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.S, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/GSFC is interested in finding partners for a WRP subsystem that will enable measurements of chemical and isotopic compositions using mass spectrometry of solid samples acquired by the Mars 2020 rover. Mass spectrometry requires low pressure (high vacuum conditions) to be maintained within a vacuum vessel for operation. The controlling electronics for the WRP system will be provided by GSFC.

This partnership opportunity is for participation in a potential response to a 2013 NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for a science investigation for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission. A potential NASA/GSFC investigation may include instrumentation incorporating subsystems from non-NASA/GSFC partners.

The AO is expected to be a single-step process with selected investigations comprising the baseline payload for the flight mission, entering Phase A in 2014. This partnership opportunity is being issued to select teaming partners to help prepare NASA/GSFC science instrument concepts for the proposal submittal; and to provide a spaceflight qualified instrument subsystem should the instrument be selected for flight.

Responses will be treated as proprietary information and controlled as such.

The respondents shall deliver the requested information in a presentation format. Final presentation packages must be received by 4 PM EST on September 17, 2013. Please provide one DVD or CD of the presentation and deliver them to:

Joyce King NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Code 101 Building 8, Room 301-D Greenbelt, MD 20771 301.286.1102

Alternatively, the final presentation package may be delivered electronically by 4PM EST, September 17, 2013. Please provide a method to access the presentation electronically, do not send as an email attachment.

GSFC plans to make selection based on the submitted materials only.

There will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners for the portion of this partnership opportunity dealing with the preparation of the submission. Funding will be available for Phase A and subsequent phases should the investigation be approved to continue through the mission-defined gates for flight.

This solicitation/synopsis is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for the information solicited. An ombudsman has been appointed. See Internet Note “B”. The documents for this partnership opportunity will be in Microsoft Office Suite (Word 6.0, Excel 5.0, or PowerPoint 4.0) format and will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The WWW address, or URL, of the NASA/GSFC Business Opportunities home page is .

It is the offerors responsibility to monitor this cite for the release of the Partnership Opportunity Document and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the Partnership Opportunity Document and amendments, if any. Any referenced notes can be viewed at the following URL: .

Point of Contact

Name: Dona D Vanterpool
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-286-7905
Fax: 301-286-1773

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