Responses Due By
18 Feb 2020 23:59 EST
In anticipation of future missions, the Department of Defense seeks logistics services enabling low cost, responsive access to geostationary (GEO) and other exotic orbits beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). For the purposes of this solicitation, a multi-orbit logistics vehicle (m-OLV) should be capable of autonomously transferring payloads or spacecraft to, within and between LEO, GEO, cislunar and other exotic orbits. Desired solutions should provide commercial services in the form of deep-space capable orbit transfer vehicles, fuel depots or other in-orbit mission enhancement opportunities.
Minimum desired capabilities, by category (Note: Please clearly specify the relevant category for each submission. Multiple submissions may be submitted by the same team.):
The following factors will be strongly considered during the selection process:
The prototype and its pricing should be considered independent of launch cost.
This effort will be a multi-phased effort. The first phase will include a systems engineering study to assure interoperability and completeness of a multi-orbit logistics infrastructure with other efforts. Subsequent phases will focus on employment and demonstration of on-orbit capabilities. Prototype hardware should be ready for flight within 36 months of contract award.
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.
Questions during the solicitation period will be entertained until 13 February 2020. Answers will be posted as appropriate on this page.
AMENDMENT 1: Responses are now due by 17 Feb 2020 23:59 EST.
Companies are advised that any Prototype Other Transaction (OT) agreement awarded in response to this solicitation may result in the direct award of a follow-on production contract or agreement without the use of further competitive procedures. Follow-on production activities will result from successful prototype completion.
The follow-on production contract or agreement will be available for use by one or more organizations within the Department of Defense. As a result, the magnitude of the follow-on production contract or agreement could be significantly larger than that of the Prototype OT agreement. All Prototype OT agreements will include the following statement relative to the potential for follow-on production: “In accordance with §10 U.S.C. 2371b(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project for this transaction has successfully been completed, this competitively awarded Prototype OT agreement may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.”
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