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A--PAYLOAD OPERATIONS SCIENCE DATA PROCESSING

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center | Published November 25, 2015  -  Deadline December 9, 2016
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has a requirement for the continuation of general support services under Contract NNG07EK68C.  NASA/GSFC proposes to enter into a contract modification with GATS Inc., of Newport News, Virginia.
NASA/GSFC intends to issue a sole-source Request for Proposal (RFP) to GATS.  The estimated period of performance of this cost-plus-fee (CPF) contract extension will be for 2-years from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.
The procurement provides for GATS to continue to carry out Payload Operations, Science Data Processing and the Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energy Dynamics (TIMED) spacecraft. GATS has been performing payload operations, science data processing, data management and systems administration functions very successfully and this extension will continue the ongoing effort for a period of two years, from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.
GATS is the only organization currently qualified to perform the subject requirements for the following reasons:	The selected Co-Investigator and his company, GATS, have had extensive experience in radiative transfer methods and spaceflight instruments.  GATS invented a radiative transfer method which was used to simulate LIMS observations in seconds with nearly the accuracy of line-by-line calculations and wrote the level 1 and level 2 LIMS processing systems. The LIMS algorithms became the basis for the CLAES processing system on the URAS. Following LIMS and CLAES, the GATS team supplied the same functions for the HALOE instrument.
The success of the LIMS data processing and the EGA and LIMTRAN RTA codes, which were developed and copyrighted by GATS, were the key to the credibility of the SABER proposal and instrumental in the SABER feasibility studies included in the proposal for TIMED. GATS helped establish the SABER design and test requirements and monitored and analyzed the testing. GATS used EGA and LIMTRAN to create an advanced non-LTE model that is used in SABER processing. The EGA speed is what makes possible SABER processing with a full, rigorous non-LTE model. GATS solved and implemented key corrections to the SABER calibration, such as offaxis response using lunar scans. GATS diagnosed and directed a correction for detector memory effects using statistical fitting to derive correct coefficients. GATS developed and maintains the operational SABER processing system consisting of some 50 nodes in a cooled environment. No other contractor has the knowledge, skill and expertise to fulfill the task required by the SABER instrument.  The TIMED satellite procurement and instrument compliment was initiated by Announcement of Opportunity (AO) 92-OSSA-1 dated April 21, 1993, entitled, Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) Mission.	 On June 30, 1993, Wesley T. Huntress, Jr., Associate Administrator for Space Science of NASA Headquarters selected Dr. James Russell of NASA/Langley Research Center, which included Dr. Larry L. Gordley, Co-Investigator at G&A Technical Software, Incorporated (GATS), who was named in the selection letter.  This effort requires the detailed understanding of the instrument and all related software.  Since no other organization was involved with these activities on an in-depth level, no other organization currently has the knowledge and experience to perform the requirement. Statutory authority for this procurement is 10 U.S.C. 304(c)(1)--Only One Responsible Source.  However, organizations who believe they can provide these services without any detrimental impact to the program schedules supported by this work should fully identify their interest and capabilities within 15 days after publication of this synopsis. 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 December 9, 2015.  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.  All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.
The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.	See Note 26.  An Ombudsman has been appointed.  See NASA Specific Note "B".  Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

USE OF THE NASA PHYSICAL SCIENCES INFORMATICS SYSTEM--APPENDIX C

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published September 6, 2016  -  Deadline December 15, 2016
This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA) solicits ground-based research proposals from established researchers and graduate students to generate new scientific insights by utilizing experimental data residing in NASA's Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system (http://psi.nasa.gov), an online database of past and current physical science microgravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle. The solicitation (NNH15ZTT001N-15PSI_C), entitled "Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System - Appendix C," will be available on or about September 15, 2016. Upon release, the solicitation will be found via the following steps:
1. Open the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ 2. Select "Solicitations" 3. Select "Open Solicitations"4. Select "Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System NNH15ZTT001N" 5. Select List of Open Program Elements 6. Select "Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System - Appendix C" 7. Select "Appendix C NNH15ZTT001N-15PSI_C" under Announcement Documents.
NASA plans to host a proposers' conference via WebEx shortly after the release of the Appendix to provide more information and to answer questions about the NRA and the PSI system.
NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program conducts fundamental and applied physical sciences research, with the objective of enabling improved space systems and technological advances that support new products and other benefits on Earth. NASA's experiments in the various disciplines of physical science reveal how physical systems respond to the near absence of gravity. They also reveal how other forces that on Earth are small, as compared to gravity, can dominate system behavior in space.
The PSI system is an online database of science data from past and current physical science ISS and the Space Shuttle flight experiments. It is designed as a tool for investigators to expand upon the valuable research performed on the ISS and the Space Shuttle using it to further science in accordance with the open science approach, while also meeting the requirements of the President's Open Data Policy. This NRA solicits ground-based research proposals that present a compelling case on how the experimental data from the PSI system will be used to promote the advancement of further research. Proposers must show a clear path from the scientific data obtained from the PSI system to the proposed investigation. In addition, the project must address an important problem in the proposed area of research and advance scientific knowledge or technology.
The main NRA will remain open for two years, with multiple opportunities to propose planned to be provided through a series of appendices (A, B, C, ...) This announcement is for the release of the third of the appendices, Appendix C, which solicits proposals in the five research areas for which experimental data will available in the PSI by the Appendix C proposal due date: Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics and Materials Science. The Appendix specifically solicits proposals that utilize data from eligible investigations in the PSI. The eligible investigations at the time of the release of this synopsis are provided in the paragraph below. The Appendix will be amended, if necessary, with an updated list of eligible investigations before the proposal due date. Proposals for Appendix C will be due on or around December 15, 2016.
At the time of the release of this synopsis, the following investigations are eligible for Appendix C. Data for these investigations are currently available in the PSI system (http://psi.nasa.gov), and proposers are encouraged to start examining the data in the system even before the Appendix is released.
For Combustion Science, the investigations include BASS (Burning and Suppression of Solids), DAFT (Dust and Aerosol Measurement Feasibility Test), DAFT-2 (Dust and Aerosol Measurement Feasibility Test-2), FLEX (Flame Extinguishment Experiment), SAME (Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment), SAME-R (Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment Reflight), SLICE (Structure and Liftoff in Combustion Experiment), and SPICE (Smoke Point in Coflow Experiment).
For Complex Fluids, the investigations include ACE-M1 (Advanced Colloids Experiment-Microscopy - 1), BCAT-3 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - 3), BCAT-4 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - 4), BCAT-5 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - 5), BCAT-6 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - 6), InSPACE-3 (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Ellipsoids-3), InSPACE-3+ (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Ellipsoids-3+), PCS (Physics of Colloids in Space), PHaSE (Physics of Hard Spheres Experiment), SHERE (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment), SHERE II (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment II), and SHERE-R (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment Reflight).
For Fluid Physics, the investigations include CCF (Capillary Channel Flow), CFE (Capillary Flow Experiment), CVB (Constrained Vapor Bubble), CVB-2 (Constrained Vapor Bubble - 2), MABE (Microheater Array Heater Boiling Experiment), and NPBX (Nucleate Pool Boiling Experiment).
For Fundamental Physics, the eligible investigations include DECLIC-ALI (Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization - Alice Like Insert), GRADFLEX (Gradient Driven Fluctuation Experiment), and PKE-Nefedov & PK-3+ (Dusty Plasma).
For Materials Science, the investigations include CSLM (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures), CSLM-2 (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures - 2), CSLM-2R (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures - 2 Reflight), CSLM-3 (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures - 3), IDGE (Isothermal Dendritic Growth Experiment), ISSI (In-Space Soldering Investigation), MICAST/CSS 6 & 7 (Comparison of Structure and Segregation in Alloys Directionally Solidified in Terrestrial and Microgravity Environments), PFMI (Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation), and SUBSA (Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules).
This solicitation is applicable to researchers in all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers and other U.S. Government agencies. This NRA is soliciting proposals from two types of investigators: 1) established researchers from all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers and other Government agencies; 2) graduate students (with advisors) from accredited U.S. postsecondary institutions and programs. The proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisor. Principal Investigators (PIs) may collaborate with investigators from universities, Federal Government laboratories, the private sector, state and local government laboratories, and other countries. Proposals including international participation are eligible, provided NASA policies regarding the conduct of research with non-U.S. organizations are met.
Proposals must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Proposers may use either NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ ) or Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov ) for proposal submission.
Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this NRA must be registered with NSPIRES, and such registration must identify the authorized organization representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. Instructions on how to register in NSPIRES are provided in the NRA. Each electronic proposal system places requirements on the registration of principal investigators and other participants (e.g., co-investigators). Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Questions with regard to responding to this NRA may be addressed to the contacts referenced in the full solicitation document.
This is a broad agency announcement as specified in FAR 6.102 (d)(2). Notwithstanding the posting of this opportunity at FedBizOpps.gov, nspires.nasaprs.com, or Grants.gov, NASA reserves the right to determine the appropriate award instrument for each proposal selected pursuant to this announcement.
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