NASA Announcement of Partnership Opportunity for Notification Tool for International Space Station Sightings

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2011

image Synopsis - Jun 03, 2011

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH11CAO002O
Posted Date: Jun 03, 2011
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 03, 2011
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
FedGrants Posted Date: Jun 03, 2011
Application Due Date Explanation: Open Response Period through August 3, 2011
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Grant Specific Information

Funding Instrument Type: Other
CFDA Number: 43.007
Cost Sharing or Matching Required: No
Estimated Total Program Funding: not available
Expected Number of Awards: not available
Ceiling Amount: none
Floor Amount: none
Funding Activity: Other (O)
We will be awarding Space Act Agreements from this announcement not contracts or grants and there will be no funding provided.
Eligible Applicants: 99 - Unrestricted
Link to Full Announcement:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771



The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the principal integrator of the International Space Station (ISS), a crewed, orbiting laboratory built and operated by a partnership of fifteen nations. The ISS's flight path takes it directly over the heads of roughly 90% of the world's population, where it is easily viewable in the dusk and dawn hours as the third brightest object in the sky, after the Sun and Moon.

Currently, NASA has several ways the public can learn about ISS sighting opportunities, including NASA SkyWatch ( ). However, NASA's websites do not disseminate this information to the public- the public must seek it out proactively instead.

NASA seeks to increase public awareness of the ISS, its visibility, and mission by making ISS sighting information, including personalized notifications, readily available to the general public in an easily accessible and understandable way. To that end, NASA seeks to collaborate with a domestic entity, on an unfunded basis, to support an ISS sighting notification tool.

Specifically, NASA seeks submissions for developing and releasing a tool to notify users from the general public, via email or Short Messenger Service (SMS) texts, when the ISS will pass overhead (i.e., when an ISS "sighting" will occur in the user's vicinity). Possible features include options (configured via a website) to: obtain location from IP geolocation, smartphone device geolocation, or user-entered location; specify time periods for notification (i.e., evening or morning passes only); specify minimum elevation (higher elevations are necessary to be seen by city dwellers); and specify minimum pass duration. Other features may involve depiction of ISS data integrated into existing presentation frameworks (e.g., attitude dependent skymaps on smartphones).

NASA acknowledges that several existing tools support portions the features above. Existing tools are not excluded from consideration, and are encouraged to submit a proposal.

NASA will provide the selected Partner with technical details of the ISS and access to real-time ISS information. In addition, the selected tool may be linked to, or featured on, appropriate NASA web sites.

This announcement is open through August 3, 2011. NASA reserves the right to amend or withdraw this Announcement at any time prior to the Response Date.


NASA anticipates using its authority to enter into Space Act Agreements to support this activity on an unfunded basis. Participation by any Respondent will be contingent upon selection by NASA and negotiation of an appropriate Agreement between NASA and the selected Respondent.

NASA reserves the right to select for Space Act Agreement one, more, or none of the responses to this Announcement. Any Agreement will be performed on a no-exchange of funds basis. In addition, Respondents are responsible for financing their own activities related to submitting responses to this Announcement.

NASA may suggest collaboration between Respondents where it will enhance the effort, in which case a Respondent will be given the opportunity to accept or decline participation with other Respondents prior to selection.

NASA will not issue paper copies of this Announcement.

Agency Name: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Opportunity Title: Announcement of Partnership Opportunity for Notification Tool for International Space Station Sightings

Response Date: Electronic submissions must be received by August 3, 2011 at 4:30 P.M. EST via email to Submissions may be submitted at any time before the Response Date.

Points of Contact: If you have any questions concerning this opportunity please contact:

Jacob Keaton ISS Office, SOMD Telephone: 202-358-1507 Fax: 202-358-2885 Email:

Jason Crusan Agreement Manager, SOMD Telephone: 202-358-0635 Fax: 202-358-3530 Email: Instrument Type(s): The intent of this Announcement is to establish one Nonreimbursable (no exchange of funds) Space Act Agreement, executed under the authority of 51 U.S.C. S 20113(e), which will define the full roles and responsibilities of NASA and the selected Respondent. To the extent that NASA does enter into agreement with a Respondent, it will do so consistent with its authority under the Space Act (51 U.S.C. SS 20101-164).

Selection Recommendation Committee: Government personnel from NASA and NASA contractors may participate in the evaluation of submissions.

Selection Notification Date: NASA anticipates selecting one, or more, Respondent for negotiations within thirty (30) days of the Response Date.

Submission Instructions: All submissions in response to this Announcement must be emailed to Files may be submitted in MS Word, PDF, or RTF format. Paper submissions will not be reviewed.

Submissions may be submitted at any time before the Response Date. Respondents are encouraged to send submissions as early as practicable prior to the Response Date. Submissions received after the Response Date will not be accepted.

If a Respondent is concerned about information security during transmission, NASA has the ability to accept secure transmission. Contact the Point of Contact for secure transmission requirements.

Material submitted in response to this Announcement will not be returned. It is the policy of NASA to safeguard all submissions as confidential and privileged information, as provided by law. NASA will not, without permission of the Respondents, use the submission contents for other than evaluation purposes.

NASA may use contractor support personnel to evaluate submissions. By submitting a response to this Announcement, the Respondent is deemed to have consented to release of information in its submission to NASA contractors supporting evaluation of submissions.


All categories of domestic entities, other than U.S. federal government agencies, are eligible to respond to this Announcement. NASA will not consider submissions which do not include a domestic entity, other than a U.S. federal government agency, as the lead Respondent.


4.1 Evaluation and Selection Process All submissions will be initially screened to determine their compliance with the Eligibility Information (Section 3.0) and Submission Instructions (Section 5.0) of this Announcement. Noncompliant submissions may be rejected without further review.

Compliant submissions will be independently assessed by the Selection Recommendation Committee against the Evaluation Criteria outlined in Section 4.2. NASA may request clarification of a specific point or points in a submission during the evaluation and selection process. Any such request, and the Respondent's response, shall be in writing.

NASA reserves the right to suggest collaboration between Respondents where it will enhance the effort, in which case Respondents will be given the opportunity to accept or decline participation with other Respondents prior to selection.

4.2 Evaluation Criteria The criteria below will be given equal weight.

Factor 1: Approach to Proposed Effort:

The overall merit, rationale, feasibility, and suitability of the proposed tool or concept, and its relevance to general public notification of ISS sighting opportunities. Respondents should address: 1. The technical feasibility of the proposed approach 2. How the tool will maximize exposure of the ISS to the general public 3. A security plan for protecting any personally identifiable information collected from users 4. A timeline for deployment of the tool. Factor 2: Level of Benefit to the Public: The proposed tool's or concept's anticipated benefit to the public, in terms such as ease of use, ubiquity of access (including during peak load events, such as launches), features offered, no cost for access of basic functionality, and reliability of access. The proposed effort should also include a plan for helping educate the public on the research benefits and features of the ISS, such as through linking to NASA's ISS homepage, located at . Factor 3: Business Plan and Sustainability:

The business plan for the proposed tool, including a release timeline and sustainability. Financial support for development and maintenance should also be detailed.

In addition, NASA reserves the right to assess information outside the submission as it relates to the factors listed above.

4.3 Selection Factors

As described in Section 4.1, the submissions will be evaluated by the Selection Recommendation Committee based on the Evaluation Criteria above. 4.4 Selection Notification

NASA will notify each Respondent of the results of the evaluation and selection process with respect to the Respondent's submission.

After the completion of the evaluation and selection process, NASA will begin negotiations with the selected Respondent. The purpose of the negotiations is to define the terms and conditions of the Agreement. All collaboration will commence after the parties execute the Space Act Agreement.


Submissions must comply with the following requirements.

Page Limitations Submission Section ~ Total Pages Submission Cover Page ~ 1 Submission Title Page ~ 1 Points of Contact ~ 1 Submission Abstract ~ 750 words Submission Details ~ 10 Appendix Resumes ~ No Page Limit Pages in excess of the page limitations for each section will not be evaluated. A page is defined as one (1) sheet 8 x 11 inches using a minimum of 12-point font size for text and 8-point for graphs.

There is no limit on appendix documentation. The intent is to allow submissions to include current documentation in its current format without having to alter any documents.

The submission must include the following sections, in this order:

Submission Cover Page: Submission Application - Title of Announcement and Submission Contact Information. An optional graphic image may be included.

Submission Title Page, with Notice of Restriction on Use and Disclosure of Submission Information, if any.

Points of Contact: List contact information for all Points of Contact including a Technical Point of Contact. Provide:

a. Name b. Title c. Address d. Phone and Fax e. Email

Submission Abstract: Executive summary describing the prominent and distinguishing features of the submission.

Submission Details: The submission shall contain sufficient information to enable reviewers to assess the proposed tool in light of the Evaluation Criteria.

Submission Appendix:

* Resumes o Resumes may be included for key personnel. In general, resumes should be limited to no more than 1-2 pages each. * Additional documentation Include any documentation in the appendix that validates or supports the submission.

Point of Contact

Name: Mr. Jacob Keaton
Title: Program Analyst
Phone: 202-358-1507
Fax: 202-358-2885

Name: Mr. Jason C Crusan
Title: Chief Technologist for Space Operations
Phone: 202-358-0635
Fax: 202-358-3530

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