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2020-08-08 23:59:59 US/Eastern Time
The Department of Defense seeks commercial solutions for low-cost, responsive access to space ‘as a Service’ using launch systems with capacity between 450-1,200 kg to LEO. The mission under consideration is to precisely place spacecraft and/or payloads into their mission-designed orbit. Both dedicated government missions and commercial rideshare-based prototype approaches are of interest to meet this mission area need. Disruptive technologies with unique military applications for timely, low-cost orbital capability may also be considered. Innovative manufacturing approaches may also be viewed favorably. Companies must demonstrate an initial launch to LEO (minimum) within 18 months; however, novel approaches of special interest to the government will also be considered. This will be a competitive solicitation limited to U.S. owned companies only.
PLEASE NOTE: This Area of Interest solicitation will be awarded in accordance with the Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) process detailed within W15QKN-19-X-04L1 (ACC-NJ CSO), posted to FBO, now beta.sam.gov, in Nov 2018.
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.”
If we think there’s a good match between your solution and our DoD partners, we’ll invite you to provide us with a full proposal — this is the beginning of negotiating all the terms and conditions of a proposed prototype contract.
After a successful prototype, the relationship can continue and even grow, as your company and any interested DoD entity can easily enter into follow-on contracts.
We solicit commercial solutions that address current needs of our DoD partners.
You send us a short brief about your solution.
We’ll get back to you within 30 days if we’re interested in learning more through a pitch. If we're not interested, we'll strive to let you know ASAP.