NASA Solicitation: Procurement of Crew Transportation and Rescue Services From Roscosmos

Status Report From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Synopsis - Oct 15, 2008

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNJ09ZBG188R
Posted Date: Oct 15, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Oct 15, 2008
Original Response Date: Oct 31, 2008
Current Response Date: Oct 31, 2008
Classification Code: 18 -- Space vehicles
NAICS Code: 336414 - Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BG


NASA/JSC has a requirement for crew transportation services including launch, return, and rescue of US or US-designated astronauts and associated services which include the following:

  • Training and training materials for appropriate Soyuz seat certification, individual equipment, medical checks, supplies
  • Launch operations, ascent control, and all Baikonur launch site services
  • Transportation for fixed number of crew support personnel to launch site, including lodging and meals
  • Flight control operations, rendezvous and docking services
  • On-orbit Soyuz consumables, life support systems, and habitability services
  • Search and rescue services, recovery at landing site, medical operations, transportation to Star City
  • On-orbit rescue services for duration of increment
  • Rehabilitation post-flight, medical exams and services
  • Associated crew cargo upmass commensurate with seat(s) purchased
  • Associated crew cargo returned commensurate with seat(s) purchased
  • Associated crew trash disposed of commensurate with seat(s) purchased

NASA/JSC intends to contract with Roscosmos for these services on a sole source basis for a period up to 4 years and 6 months, through June 30, 2016. NASA/JSC intends to issue a modification to add Firm-Fixed-Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) provisions to order these services on an as-needed basis (until alternative providers reach full operational capability). These services are being procured through Roscosmos because the Soyuz is the only proven crew transportation and rescue vehicle (other than the Space Shuttle which is scheduled for retirement in September 2010) currently compatible and able to dock to the International Space Station and capable of providing the needed services. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on October 31, 2008. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note "B".

Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Name: Marianne D. Ruiz
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 281-483-8528
Fax: 281-244-2370

Name: Yaranet Marquez
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 281-244-8562
Fax: 281-244-2370

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