Presented by: Jesse Brennan, Kathryn McLaurin, Angela Prince
The retirement of the Shuttle Program has changed the environment in which we operate.
We still need to continue to maintain our unique facilities and resources in the absence of Shuttle funding.
Through a contractual arrangement NASA partners with the contractor to allow other commercial entities to use the facilities excess capacity, providing the following benefits:
Helps NASA keep its unique facilities and/or resources utilized to the maximum extend practicable.
Enables NASA to facilitate the further development of a commercial space industry.
Provides an expedient avenue for commercial access to unique facilities/resources
Achieves cost savings for NASA
Assists in retaining critical skills for supporting future NASA programs.
Excess capacity is enabled through the use of NON-GOVERNMENT USE OF PLANT EQUIPMENT/FACILITIES (NGU) clause included in the initial RFP.
Authorizes use of NGU by the contractor
Per the contract, the Contractor is required to submit for Government review/approval a External Customers Plan or Non-government Use of Plant Equipment Plan, which further defines the responsibilities of the contractor and the Government
Under the authority of an “umbrella” Space Act Agreement (SAA) the prime contractor enters with NASA to allow it to enter into agreements with external customers on behalf of NASA
Terms and conditions are identified in the SAA
Approved requests are documented as Annexes to the SAA
Contract is structured with an incentive fee pool for attracting new business and also includes metrics that allow the Government to evaluate the contractors performance during award fee period.
Contractor/ External Customer Define Project/Work NASA Office Review
Special and/or Unique Issues
Pre-Approved List? Special Senior Board (Special WCB?)
Within WSTF Scope?
Risk Exceed $1M Insurance
Establish value of job
Meets? Pursue as NASA reimbursable project or Not approved Define cost and initiate JSC Form 886 Review and approve Gov. payment schedule SAA Annex final approval by NASA Yes Yes No No
NSOC II: Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) Operations Contract (NSOC)
POP: 10/01/2009- 09/30/2013
Contract Value: $67.6M (CPAF/IF)
After Shuttle Retirement and Station Assembly-Complete:
Excess Capacity Created
NBL down from Dual-Ops to <50% Capacity Utilization and removal of Shuttle payload bay mockup
Removal of SSP Mockups and Shuttle Training in the SVMF
Reduction of Manufacturing in LMF with ISS completion
Need to Retain the Facility as a National Asset for Future Space Development
Need to Retain Capabilities within Workforce and Facility (State of Readiness)
Clause H.17 Non-Government Use of NSOC Facilities.
The Government may allow nonexclusive, non-government use of NSOC facilities by the contractor under this contract. If found appropriate by the Government through the Contracting Officer, the contractor and Government shall enter into a Facility Reimbursable Agreement (FRA) which will outline the benefit the Government will derive from the contractor’s non-government use of designated property through rental receipts along with the terms and conditions related to the use of this equipment.
“ Petrofac Training Services, a global oil firm with an office in Houston, says it will use the 60-meter-long, 12-meter-deep pool to provide offshore survival training for employees. NASA used the pool to train astronauts to build the international space station, and it held mockups of both the station and the space shuttle. The agency still uses the pool but at about 60 percent of the level it did during construction of the station, Paul Hill, director of mission operations, said. ”
Houston Chronicle, November 18 th , 2011
TEST: Test Evaluation and Support Team
POP: 05/01/2011- 04/30/2015
Contract Value: $500M (CPAF/IF)
Services available under excess capacity include clean room services, value shop support, equipment calibration, oxygen compatibility testing, hypergolic compatibility testing, NASA 6001 standard testing, Machining and welding, oxygen systems, pressure systems, and propulsion systems.
Demand for services at WSTF are very dynamic and fluctuate.
Excess Capacity available during low levels of work
NASA and contractor work together to keep WSTF’s unique facilities and/or resources utilized to the maximum extent practicable.
Helps WSTF prevent disparate fluctuations in core contractor staffing and keep critical skills in place for support of future NASA programs.
Clause H.17 Non-Government Use of WSTF Facilities.
The Government may allow non-exclusive, non-NASA use of WSTF facilities by the Contractor under this contract. If found appropriate by the Government the Contractor and Government shall enter into a Facility Reimbursable Agreement (FRA) which will outline the terms and conditions for use of the Government property, as well as the benefit the Government will derive from the Contractor’s non-NASA use of designated property through rental receipts. The Government reserves the right to disallow use of WSTF facilities and equipment by the Contractor under this agreement, if the use should be negotiated directly between the Government and the non-NASA entity.
Titanium Alloy Burning in 8 psia Oxygen Propellant Testing
LOX Methane Engine Test
By structuring our contracts to allow for the commercial use of the excess capacity at government facilities, NASA has been able to develop partnerships that result in numerous benefits to both NASA and various commercial entities.
Jesse Brennan – JSC WSTF Procurement Office
Kathryn McLaurin – JSC Procurement Office
Angela Prince – JSC MOD/EVA Robotics, & Crew Systems Operations Division