NASA GRC Solicitation: Ares 1 Upper Syage Thermal and Cryogenic Propellant Tank Surface Simulators

Status Report From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Friday, June 6, 2008

Synopsis - Jun 05, 2008 Attachment 1 - Posted on Jun 05, 2008 New!

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNC08ZCH034L
Posted Date: Jun 05, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 05, 2008
Original Response Date: Jul 03, 2008
Current Response Date: Jul 03, 2008
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135


NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is requesting information about cryogenically cooled dome structures. The domes will be used as propellant tank surface simulators in two Thermal Development tests (TD01 and TD02) planned for the closed compartments in the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle Upper Stage (Attachment 1, Figure 3).

It is expected that the propellant tank surface simulators will be predominantly constructed of aluminum plate, tubing and seamless pipe. Materials shall conform to applicable standards (ASTM). Specific information about suppliers' ability to hold tolerances as related to surface geometry are of interest. The impact of surface treatments as defined later in this document on the cost and delivery schedule of the propellant tank surface simulators shall be addressed. Suppliers shall discuss the cost impact of expediting deliveries.

FOB point for the delivery of the items involved in this RFI is Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Ohio. NASA would like to have the propellant tank surface simulators stored off site until required for fabrication of the TD01 and TD02 test articles.

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. Prospective offerors are invited to submit written comments or questions in digital format to the email address of the Test Facility Manager identified below, no later than July 3, 2008. When responding, reference SOLICITATION NUMBER "NNC08ZCH034L".

This presolicitation 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.

An ombudsman has been appointed -- See NASA Specific Note "B".

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/GRC Business Opportunities home page is It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Internet cite 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.

Point of Contact

Name: James S Zakany
Title: Test Facility Manager
Phone: 216-433-5080
Fax: 216-433-2480

Name: Ernest C. Mensurati
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 216-433-2727
Fax: 216-433-2480

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