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Title Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Program, Satellite Communication Service Providers
Announcement Type Market Survey
Date Posted 01/05/2015
Date Closed 01/16/2015 02:00 PM
Solicitation / Contract # 19198
Name / Organization Samantha Williams / AAQ-340
Region Issuing Office WA - FAA Headquarters (Washington, DC)
Phone / Email 202-267-9653 /
Set-Aside n/a
NAICS Code 334511 -- Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
Classification Code 18 -- Space vehicles
Procurement Method Complex Noncommercial
Region(s) of Performance Nationwide
Abstract This is a Market Survey announcement.  This Market Survey is being released in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acquisition Management Policy (AMS) policy  The responses to this Market Survey will be used for information purposes only and will not be released, except under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Proprietary information will be protected if appropriately marked.  This announcement is not intended to guarantee procurement of a product, and shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government to enter into a contract.  If the FAA decides to conduct an open competition, only responses to this market survey will be considered to meet the immediate need for an additional Geostationary Earth Orbiting Satellite.  This is not a Screening Information Request (SIR) or Request For Proposal (RFP). The FAA is neither seeking nor accepting unsolicited proposals.

All parties are advised that the FAA will not pay for any information or any administrative costs associated with any response received in response to this announcement.  Any costs associated with the Market Survey submissions will be solely at the interested party’s expense.  Responses to this Market Survey will be used to develop a Source List which will be used if a solicitation for this requirement is issued. 
This market survey is also being conducted in order to obtain the information necessary to determine whether adequate competition exists to set-aside the competition among small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses or 8(a) certified firms.

The Government has identified the principal North American Industry Classification System (NAICS code) 334511 - Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing, with a size standard of 750.  If you believe that another NAICS code can be responsive to the work specified in this market survey, include supporting justification with your alternate NAICS code.  Suggestion of an alternate NAICS code does not require that the work be set-aside or solicited under that alternative code.
The FAA must maintain and sustain the existing Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Program Satellite Communication Segment.  The WAAS Program Satellite Communications Segment consists of three Geostationary Earth Orbiting (GEO) satellite systems and associated uplink and control capability.  Each GEO satellite system consists of the Geostationary Uplink Subsystem (GUS) and the GEO Satellite Payload (GSP).  The GUS interfaces with the WAAS system through a government furnished Signal Generator Subsystem (SGS).  The GUS provides the Radio Frequency Uplink (RFU) to the GSP with the WAAS broadcast messages.  The GSP converts the uplink frequency to L-band for Earth coverage re-transmission.
This Market Survey seeks industry input to identify industry’s ability to provide the desired functional capabilities for one or more future GEO satellite lease requirements.  Information collected will be used to validate when operational service-based operations might be available and the benefits and risks in obtaining those services.  Responses to this Market Survey will be factored into investment decisions regarding the acquisition of satellite communication services.
You are invited to submit documentation addressing the following items:

1.   Does your company expect to participate in the launch and operation of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites over North America between 2017 and 2022? The orbital arc of interest for the FAA is from 115 to 137 degrees West longitude, with a strong preference for 119 to 129 degrees West longitude.
1.1   Identify the orbital locations for the candidate satellite(s).
1.2   Identify satellite builder, payload builder and the state of development in context of the development cycle for any candidate satellites. Please provide any written letter from satellite provider indicating its intent to build the satellite (e.g. board approval of business case and authorization to secure satellite builder), if available.
1.3   Identify space and power availability on candidate satellites for adding an L-band navigation transponder payload (Global Positioning System (GPS) L-band frequencies L1 & L5) with signal conversion from the planned uplink frequency. Historical transponder uplink has been C-band with onboard C-to L-band conversion.  Use of uplink frequencies other than C-band uplink frequency could be acceptable provided they meet equivalent downlink L-Band performance. The use of L-band for the transponder payload will remain.
1.4   Identify the End-Of-Life (EOL) projection(s) for candidate satellites currently planned (or already in-orbit, if applicable), and the associated satellite restoration philosophy.
1.5   Identify if this satellite will replace an existing on-orbit satellite or if it is going to a new orbital location. 
1.6   Identify assurances or conditions associated with keeping the satellite/transponder available for FAA use for the full duration of a 10 year lease term in the assigned orbital arc.

2.   Describe the experience your company has on the architecture, design, construction, testing, launch, In-Orbit-Test (IOT), and integration of satellite communications systems.

3.   Describe the experience your company has on specialized L-band transponders (preferably C-band uplink), including but not limited to:
3.1   Experience in architecture definition and design of L-band transponders;
3.2   Experience in design, construction and payload integration of L-band antennas;
3.3   Experience with onboard payload hosting; and
3.4   Experience with the signal fidelity aspects associated with navigation quality ranging signal generation.

4.   If your company designs, constructs and/or operates GUS, 
4.1   Describe GUS site implemented; to include location(s) and satellite(s) used; and
4.2   Describe how implementation was accomplished (in-house or via contractors).
4.3   Propose GUS sites for any candidate satellite along with the high level design approach for each site.

5.   Would your company consider making capital investments for the design, construction, integration, and launch of specialized L-band transponders which will be utilized for navigation quality ranging signals?  If so, what would be the percentage investment relative to the total navigation transponder cost?

6.    Identify the payload development contract award date necessary to support your candidate satellite’s expected on-orbit operations.
6.1   Define and state any payload development risks or opportunities associated with the intended technical, performance, cost, or schedule approach.  Identify any differences based on percentage of direct investment. 
6.2   Define your Risk Mitigation approach for assuring the payload would meet the FAA’s WAAS GEO requirements.

All information provided in response to this request is subject to release under the FOIA.  Therefore, please clearly and properly mark all documentation you consider proprietary.  All information not identified as proprietary will be used at the FAA’s discretion and may be publicly released without further review.
The FAA may provide you an opportunity to discuss your response in person.  Please indicate as part of your response to this Market Survey if you would like to schedule such a one-on-one session to discuss your input.  Please also identify your preferred times and dates for your session.  The FAA may choose to accommodate all or none of the requested sessions depending on the demand for these sessions and whether or not they can be accommodated within a reasonable amount of time.

Interested firms are required to submit the attached Business Declaration form and a copy of their SBA 8(a) certification letter, if applicable.

In order to make this determination the FAA requires the following from interested vendors:

1.  Capability Statement - This document should identify:
•Type of services provided by your firm.
•Size and type of services provided by previous contracts (elaborate and provide detailed information and past performance).
•Number of years in business
2.  Geographical areas where your company can provide services.
3.  Expected programmatic approach (in-house, teaming, subcontracting, etc.)  Respondents must provide their strategy for accomplishing this work, including the percentage of work that will be done by eligible small, service-disabled veteran-owned and 8(a) certified businesses.

The FAA will consider any cost information provided in a market survey response.

Interested parties must submit a response by 2PM Eastern Daylight Time, January 16, 2015.  Responses must be delivered via email to:

Please remember, all costs associated with the preparation and submission of responses is the responsibility of the responding sources.  The FAA will not reimburse any costs associated with this Market Survey.

Please direct any requests for clarification regarding this Market Survey to Samantha E. Williams, Contracting Officer.  Phone number (202)267-9653.

Thank you for participating in this Market Survey.
Attachments Attachment Symbol Business Declaration (.doc)     (74 KB)