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This artist concept features a NASA astronaut, the Earth and the International Space Station. The Earth focuses on the United States, from which NASA’s Commercial Crew Program plans to safely launch astronauts using commercially developed space transportation capabilities by the end of 2017.
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NASA Advances Effort to Again Launch Astronauts from U.S. Soil to Space Station
Nov. 19, 2013

NASA took another step Tuesday to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017, subject to the availability of adequate funding. The agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) requested proposals from U.S. companies to complete development of crew transportation systems that meet NASA certification requirements and begin conducting crewed flights to the space station.

“NASA is committed to launching American astronauts from U.S. soil in the very near future, and we’re taking a significant step toward achieving that goal today,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “Our American industry partners have already proven they can safely and reliably launch supplies to the space station, and now we’re working with them to get our crews there as well. However, we will require that these companies provide spacecraft that meet the same rigorous safety standards we had for the space shuttle program, while providing good value to the American taxpayer.”

This phase of the CCP, called Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap), will enable NASA to ensure a company’s crew transportation system is safe, reliable and cost-effective. The certification process will assess progress throughout the production and testing of one or more integrated space transportation systems, which include rockets, spacecraft and ground operations. Requirements under CCtCap also will include at least one crewed flight test to the space station before certification can be granted.

“The U.S. commercial space industry has made tremendous progress designing and developing the next generation of U.S. crew transportation systems for low-Earth orbit,” said William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations in Washington. “Finalizing these systems in accordance with NASA’s certification requirements will not be easy. The acquisition approach we are using is designed to leverage the innovative power of industry with the expertise, skill and hard learned lessons from NASA. This request for proposals begins the journey for a new era in U.S. human spaceflight.”

As with all of NASA’s human spaceflight activities, astronaut safety will be a priority. CCtCap ensures a strong emphasis on crew safety through its requirements, including NASA insight throughout development and thorough testing of the space transportation systems.

“NASA is taking its years of expertise in human spaceflight systems and partnering with industry to develop a safe and reliable crew transportation system for NASA and for the nation,” said Phil McAlister, NASA’s director of commercial spaceflight development. “These certification contracts are part of a strategy that will help ensure human safety.”

NASA expects to award one or more CCtCap contracts no later than September 2014.

CCtCap is the second phase of a two-phased effort that began last year. It builds on the accomplishments of a first certification phase, called Certification Products Contracts (CPC). CPC required companies to deliver a range of products that establish a baseline for their integrated system certification. CCtCap is open to any company with systems at the design maturity level consistent with the completion of the first certification phase.

CCtCap contractors will plan, manage and execute long-term production and operational plans for their systems. The firm-fixed price contracts, based on the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), will include at least one, crewed flight test to verify the spacecraft can dock to the space station and that all its systems perform as expected. CCtCap contracts also will include at least two and as many as six crewed, post-certification missions to enable NASA to meet its station crew rotation requirements.

While CCtCap will enable NASA to acquire a capability to transport crews to the space station, systems developed by U.S. industry can be marketed and used by other customers.

As NASA works with U.S. industry partners to develop commercial spaceflight capabilities to low Earth orbit, the agency also is developing the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS), a crew capsule and heavy-lift rocket to provide an entirely new capability for human exploration. Designed to be flexible for launching spacecraft for crew and cargo missions, SLS and Orion will expand human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system.

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Synopsis – Nov 01, 2013
Solicitation – Posted on Nov 19, 2013
Amendment 01 – Posted on Dec 20, 2013
CCtCap Pre-Proposal Conference Agenda – Posted on Nov 20, 2013

General Information
Solicitation Number: NNK14467515R
Posted Date: Nov 01, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Nov 01, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Nov 08, 2013
Current Response Date: Jan 22, 2014
Classification Code: 18 — Space vehicles
NAICS Code: 336414
Contracting Office Address
NASA/John F. Kennedy Space Center, Procurement, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to compete requirements for Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) Phase 2 of the Commercial Crew Program. The CCtCap contract is the second phase of a two-phased procurement strategy to develop a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability to achieve safe, reliable and cost effective access to and from the International Space Station (ISS) with a goal of no later than 2017. The Certification Products Contract (CPC), Phase 1 of the phased acquisition, has been awarded and began certification efforts for the purchase of early lifecycle certification data products related to an end-to-end Crew Transportation System (CTS) for an International Space Station (ISS) Design Reference Mission (DRM). Phase 1 contract deliverables included Alternate Standards, Hazard Reports, Verification and Validation Plan, and Certification Plan. Phase 2 will build on the results of Phase 1 and is to complete the design, development, test, evaluation, and certification of an integrated CTS capable of transporting NASA crew to and from the ISS. Phase 2 also includes post certification missions to the ISS (includes ground, launch, on-orbit, and return and recovery operations), and special studies services for risk reduction related to its CTS.The CCtCap award criteria for Phase 1 contractors will include demonstrated completion of Phase 1 requirements as defined in the RFP. The Government expects that only Phase 1 contractors will be capable of successfully competing for Phase 2. Notwithstanding the expectation that only Phase 1 contractors will be capable of successfully competing for Phase 2, all proposals will be considered. Any other responsible source may indicate its desire to submit a proposal by responding to this synopsis and by obtaining the solicitation (once released) from the NASA Business Opportunities internet page shown below. In order to contend for a Phase 2 award, however, such prospective offerors that where not awarded a phase 1 contract must demonstrate an integrated design maturity and certification maturity equivalent to that of the Phase 1 contract (CPC) deliverable requirements. Failure to fully and completely demonstrate the appropriate level of design and certification maturity may render the proposal unacceptable with no further consideration for contract award. The contract type for CCtCap will be Firm Fixed Price.The CCtCap procurement is a full and open competition acquired using FAR part 15 with the goal for completion of the baseline work no later than 2017 and providing for issuance of IDIQ task orders within an ordering period not to exceed 5 years from the effective date of the contract. All responsible sources may submit an offer to the RFP which shall be considered by the agency. The CCtCap procurement will not be set-aside for small businesses and will require a small business subcontracting plan. A draft RFP has been released for CCtCap; issued under NNK14467515R DRAFT.The anticipated release date of the CCtCap RFP is on or about November 19, 2013, with an anticipated due date for proposals on or about January 22, 2014. After the release of the RFP, NASA/KSC plans to hold a pre-proposal conference on or about December 4, 2013. Details concerning the pre-proposal conference will be provided once the RFP is released.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/Omb.html . The NAICS Code and Size Standard are 336414 and 1,000 employees, respectively.

The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA Business Opportunities page is http://prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/bizops.cgi?gr=D&pin=76 . It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site 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).

Prospective offerors shall notify this office of their intent to submit an offer by November 8, 2013. This notification shall be sent via e-mail to the Contracting Officer at e-mail address listed below.

A procurement specific website has also been established for CCtCap and can be accessed at: http://commercialcrew.nasa.gov/ (click the “Certification-CCtCap” tab).

Prospective offerors are also invited to submit written comments or questions via electronic transmission to the Contracting Officer at the following e-mail address ksc-cp2@mail.nasa.gov. When responding, please reference NNK14467515R. All contractual and technical questions must be submitted in writing (e-mail). Verbal questions will not be accepted.

Point of Contact
Name: Rogelio Curiel
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 321-867-7498
Fax: 321-867-7132
Email: rogelio.curiel@nasa.gov
Name: Brian S. Hinerth
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 321-867-5159
Fax: 321-867-7132
Email: brian.s.hinerth@nasa.gov

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Any inconsistency between the printed document and the disk or electronic document shall be resolved by giving precedence to the electronic copy residing on the NAIS server.

If you have any questions, please contact Rogelio Curiel, Contracting Officer, Phone 321-867-7498, Fax 321-867-7132, Emailrogelio.curiel@nasa.gov, or Brian S. Hinerth, Contracting Officer, Phone 321-867-5159, Fax 321-867-7132, Emailbrian.s.hinerth@nasa.gov

A Right Image Solicitation (Posted on Nov 19, 2013)


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Cover letter – CCtCap 158768-SOL-001-001.pdf 4,191,491 Adobe PDF
Solicitation package NNK14467515R – CCtCap 158768-SOL-001-002.pdf 1,665,850 Adobe PDF

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A Right Image Amendment 01 (Posted on Dec 20, 2013)


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Question and Answers 158768-AMEND-001-001.docx 63,165 Microsoft Word
Amendment 001 158768-AMEND-001-002.pdf 1,590,250 Adobe PDF

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A Right Image CCtCap Pre-Proposal Conference Agenda (Posted on Nov 20, 2013)


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All Files 158768-OTHER-001.zip 230,690 Zip Compression
CCtCap Pre-Proposal Conference Agenda 158768-OTHER-001-001.pdf 241,129 Adobe PDF

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