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Sinequone - Quickly getting to and operating in XGEO space via commercial services


Responses Due By

2022-12-21 23:59:59 US/Eastern Time

Problem


Primary Challenge & Objective: There is a vast region of space that begins at Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) and extends out to the Earth-Moon Lagrange point on the far side of the Moon (L2).



Commonly referred to as xGEO (beyond GEO), this region will experience a rapid influx of activity from national, international, and commercial sources in this decade. As the U.S. prepares to return to the Moon, the need for responsive access to this region is absolutely necessary, or in Latin “sine qua non”. The Department of Defense (DoD) seeks commercial solutions for implementing responsive access to xGEO and demonstrating timely and precise delivery of a space vehicle (SV) to a predetermined orbit in xGEO.


Secondary Challenge & Objective: Operating vehicles and payloads in xGEO is another challenge. The communications infrastructure is sparse, the radiation environment is harsh, and gravity from the Moon and Sun have greater effects on station keeping and maneuvering. As such, the DoD further seeks technical demonstration of a suite of payloads or instruments on board the Sinequone SV in the xGEO region of space and provide the means to develop and improve procedures and best practices for operation.


Desired Solution Attributes


In addition to being (A) relevant, (B) articulating the technical merit and feasibility of your proposed solution, and (C) novelty or uniqueness, competitive offers should address the following:


For the Primary Objective:


  • Affordability: Identify solutions that can significantly drive down cost of delivering SVs to xGEO space;
  • Speed: Identify solutions that can increase the speed of delivering SVs to xGEO space on a responsive timeline (days, weeks, couple months at most) and a demo delivery within 12-18 months of award; and
  • Preserve SV life: Identify solutions that can increase SV life by reducing the need to use SV-propulsion for orbital insertion.


Delivery methods may include a combination of terrestrial-based launch and multi-orbit logistics. Space vehicles of interest range in size from 12U cubesat to ESPA Grande; proposals do not need to be able to accommodate the entire range of SV sizes. Regions of interest in xGEO space include, but are not limited to, one or more of the five (5) Earth-Moon Lagrange points and lunar orbits. 


For the Secondary Objective:


  • Capability: Identify payload solutions with some, or all, of the following capabilities of interest, or other, unlisted capabilities:
    • visible and infrared (IR) imaging,
    • onboard image processing,
    • high impulse propulsion,
    • autonomy,
    • space-radiation monitoring, and
    • communications to include free-space optical.


Note that solution responses do not need to address both the primary and secondary objectives. The DoD would also like to explore the capability to integrate commercial and government-owned payloads onto the space vehicle.


The Government may facilitate teaming arrangements among submissions offering complementary capabilities to achieve desired effect. Companies are also welcome to present their own teaming arrangements in their solution briefs.


Companies are advised that any prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) awarded in response to this AoI may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of further competitive procedures. The follow-on production contract or transaction will be available for use by one or more organizations in the Department of Defense and, as a result, the magnitude of the follow-on production contract or agreement could be significantly larger than that of the prototype OTA. As such, any prototype Other Transaction Agreement will include the following statement relative to the potential for follow-on production: "In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 4022(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project for this transaction has been successfully completed, this competitively awarded prototype OTA may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.”


Questions during the solicitation period will be received until the AoI close-out date. Answers will be posted as appropriate on https://www.diu.mil/work-with-us/other-notifications.

FAQs

(Q) Do you prefer one solution brief for both objectives or separate briefs?

(A) Please submit separate solution briefs, one per objective. If you team with another company on one or both objectives, please submit one solution brief per objective for both companies, in other words:

Example - Company A submits one solution brief for the Primary Objective; whereas, Company A and Company B submit one solution brief together for the Secondary Objective

Agile Fuel Management (AFM)


Responses Due By

2022-12-16 23:59:59 US/Eastern Time

Problem Statement

 

The Department of Defense (DoD) lacks the capability to deliver bulk liquid fuel into austere environments and rapidly dispense the bulk fuel into ground-based equipment, vehicles, and aircraft. The U.S. military operates numerous equipment, aircraft, and massive vehicle fleets that run almost exclusively on conventional military-grade fuels (e.g., JP-8, F-24, JA, JA1, diesel gas oil, automotive diesel, automotive fuel, AVGAS (aviation gasoline), diesel fuel oil, JP-5, TS1 fuels, and arctic fuel grades). This capability will be utilized globally to pre-position fuel or resupply fuel with speed, agility, and safety. 

 

Desired Solution Attributes

 

DoD seeks commercial solutions for both airborne and ground-based pumping units that are mobile, rapidly deployable, and able to connect to easy to store, collapsible fuel storage containers. This capability will be utilized globally to fuel or resupply fuel at the point of need.

 

When operating as a system of pump and collapsible fuel storage containers, this solution must enable the delivery of fuel in austere environments and dramatically improve the capacity, readiness, and response of military fuel resupply. This capability will be utilized globally to pre-position fuel or resupply fuel with speed, agility, and safety at the point of need.

 

The DoD further seeks new concepts, technologies, or upgrades for legacy aerial delivery capabilities, which currently require bulk liquid to be loaded and filled on the ground before being transported by military airlift to a destination and integrated into a ground fuel distribution system. The major intent behind this is to identify a commercial variant that can be readily modified or engineered to meet our new military standards.

 

The solution should be compliant with DoD regulations for airworthiness, air transportability, fuel storage, and handling safety, ergonomics, and electromagnetic interference. The solution should be scalable regarding aerial and ground delivery of fuel to be able to connect with and pump fuel to and from multiple collapsible fuel containers and other fuel sources. The goal is to identify a commercial variant that can be readily modified or engineered to meet our new military standards.

 

Solutions with the following characteristics are of particular interest:

 

Collapsible Bladders

  • A family of collapsible fuel containers with immediate need for a minimum fuel container capacity of 3,000 U.S. gallons.
  • Collapsible container made of suitable fabrics and equipped with internal liquid stabilizing baffles to reduce fluid surge, external tie down harness, as well as fill/drain and vent fittings.
  • Demonstrates permeability, abrasion resistance, impact resistance, fitting strength, slosh and vibration resistance that would be applicable to fixed and rotary wing air transport solutions.
  • Can be airlifted up to 40,000 feet without fluids seeping from connections. Shall not be affected by airlift altitudes, survive +/-G-forces during take-off, in flight pressures and combat drop landings.
  • Collapsible containers provide protection from catastrophic loss of contents when subjected to small arms fire and fragmentation.
  • Ability to interoperate with Type V Aerial Delivery Platform (108” by 240”).  

 

 

Pumping Units

  • Aircraft Model pumping unit shall not exceed 5,000 lbs with all hoses and any required hose storage methods.
    • Model shall be transportable on at least military cargo aircraft (C-130, C-17 and C-5 variant aircraft) when fitted to 463L delivery platform and shall not exceed (104”x 84” 96”) length x width x height.
  • Ground Model pumping unit shall not exceed 5,500 lbs with all hoses and any required hose storage methods and wheeled assembly w/tow bar.
    • Air transportable on military cargo aircraft (C-130, C-17 and C-5) when fitted to 463L delivery platform and shall not exceed (104”x 84” 96”) length x width x height.
    • Model shall be capable to sling load and airdrop from same sling from 463L delivery platform.
    • Capable of rolling/towing when removed from 463L delivery platform.
  • Operating System Filtration
    • >350 gallon/minute per filter separator capability.
  • Pumping Operations
    • Two separate, self-priming pumps
      • Be able to draw fuel >80’ away.
      • Be able to issue fuel >125’ away.
    • Provide >350 GPM individually, or 750 GPM combined.
    • Self-powered independent of aircraft or alternative power source (12-24V battery) to jumpstart.
      • Issue fuel for >20 hours a day in austere locations.
      • Be designed for 15-year service life.
  • Issue Nozzle + Hoses
    • Not to exceed 55 PSI at single point of nozzle
  • Minimize the need for special tools not able to be sourced from commercial sources
  • Critical items (repair kits; plug/clamps included that can repair minor issues in the collapsible containers and hoses) need to be rapidly repaired <60 minutes in austere locations

 

Vendors that specialize only in collapsible fuel containers or fuel pumping systems are encouraged to apply. It is not necessary to be able to support both for selection. Likewise, should a vendor only be able to provide a fixed wing or rotary wing solution, they are still encouraged to apply. However, if a vendor does desire to propose a holistic solution that requires them to team up with other vendors, they are encouraged to do so.   

Environmental Remediation and Restoration from PFAS (E2RP)


Responses Due By

2022-12-09 23:59:59 US/Eastern Time

Since the 1970s, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been using aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) to suppress liquid fuel fires. AFFF contains multiple per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to include perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), a long-lived man-made chemical. 


Researchers have demonstrated an association between exposure to select PFAS and various health effects, including thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, gestational diabetes, birth defects, and certain types of cancer. The EPA is currently developing a proposal to designate these chemicals as hazardous under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); also referred to as the Superfund. Due to the widespread usage of AFFF, these chemicals exist at hundreds of DoD installations across the country.


The DoD is looking for commercially-viable technologies for the on-site destruction and remediation of PFAS tied to AFFF usage. A preferred solution incorporates technologies capable of treating impacted materials of concern, including soils, sediments, biosolids, investigation derived wastes (IDW), storm waters, and groundwater. The desired solution should be capable of one or more of the following:


  • Destructive, on-site treatment of solid or aqueous materials impacted with PFAS, with PFAS ranging in concentration from low ppb to high ppm
  • In situ treatment of PFAS-impacted groundwater via concentration, immobilization or destruction
  • Ex situ treatment of PFAS-impacted groundwater or storm water via concentration or sorption coupled with on-site destructive treatment of produced solids or aqueous concentrates.


The DoD has a preference for destructive technologies capable of fully mineralizing all PFAS impacting these materials. Preferred solutions will permit unrestricted disposal, discharge, and/or reuse of materials on-site as well as the treatment of groundwater in situ.


Proposed solutions should include a pathway to rapidly scale the capability to full scale implementation and commercialization across one or more sites in multiple geographies.


The DoD seeks commercial solutions. This solicitation is not limited to U.S. companies. Companies currently performing on an existing DoD contract should highlight the unique, innovative, and/or previously under-utilized aspects of their solution submitted in response to this area of interest in order to be considered for an agreement award.


Note: Proposed technical solutions must address one or more of the following materials of concern: soils, sediments, biosolids, investigation derived waste (IDW), storm waters, and groundwater.