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Range Safety and Launch Services at Cecil Spaceport


Location
Florida
Publication Date
04/18/2019 05:03 AM EDT
Closing Date
05/10/2019 02:00 PM EDT
Issuing Organization
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Solicitation Number
Description

Specifications include, but are not limited to: Cecil Spaceport is located at 13365 Simpson Way, Jacksonville, Florida 32221 and is owned and operated by JAA. JAA is seeking a third-party organization to provide comprehensive launch services for Cecil Spaceport and launch providers operating from Cecil Spaceport. The objective is to provide launch services in a manner to allow maximum operational capacity and flexibility, while minimizing launch provider costs without compromising safety. Cecil Spaceport prefers one contractor who can provide all services which may be required, but will accept proposals for those providing less than all the services noted below. The selected launch service organization will employ the tools and architecture necessary to ensure Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements outlined in Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 417 (Launch Safety) are satisfactorily met. The selected launch service provider will employ flexibility making amenities available ranging from the purchase of individual applications to facilitate a one-time operation, to a package made up of multiple applications used over a long-term. The services and capabilities to be provided by the selected launch organization will include the following:  Launch Collision Avoidance: Launch Collision Avoidance service will provide the capability of collecting data and safety information necessary to employ a solution to prevent collisions with orbital objects during launch.  Air/Sea/Orbit Surveillance and Coordination: The Surveillance and Coordination service will provide the coordination tools necessary to ensure safe flight while operating in the air/sea/space domains.  Telemetry Monitoring, Vehicle Tracking, and Situational Awareness: Receives positional and performance information transmitted from the launch vehicle. Launch vehicle inflight location and performance data available to determine mission success or anomaly resolution. Telemetry signal is processed and distributed in a user-specified format.  Weather: Provides wind, moisture, solar, cloud, sea states, and lightning reporting and predictions for launch customers to comply with FAA and Department of Defense (DoD) mandated Launch Commit Criteria.  Frequency Monitoring: Monitors radio frequency spectrum to identify and geo-locate interference to position, navigation and timing, communication, and datalink broadcasts.  Optics: Provides electro-optical, infrared, and synthetic aperture radar images for sea-space/airspace clearance, launch vehicle anomaly resolution, and marketing products.  Voice Transport: Provides networks for launch countdown, payload interfaces, airspace warnings, instrumentation and weather delays, and anomaly discussions.  Data Transport: Provides weather, airspace, maritime, frequency, situational awareness, and safety analysis decision-aiding tools.  Flight Safety Analysis: Maintain the capability to perform ground and flight safety analyses in accordance with FAR Part 417 to comply with launch and reentry vehicle and site licensing requirements in order to prepare a deliverable to launch providers consisting of license application submissions, availability studies, and launch countdown analyses, and associated presentations and documentation. The execution of ground and flight safety analyses will include the ability to evaluate and model vehicle design for aerodynamic performance, structural integrity, debris lists, launch and reentry survivability, thermal demise, vehicle failure modes, reliability/failure probability, and failure trajectory simulation. Additionally, this service will comprise the ability to evaluate mission safety systems, including tracking and flight termination systems, and perform flight risk analyses for debris modeling, consequence analyses for inert and explosive debris, risk due to toxics and hazardous materials, and distant focusing over pressure analysis. In order to support the calculations, a resource will be necessary as part of this service to maintain databases, such as population and weather. The generation of all risk metrics required by the FAA, including, but not limited to, collective risk to the public and ground, ship, and aircraft hazard areas will be required, as well as the ability to define risk mitigation approaches, including mission rules, flight safety limits, and data loss flight times. As part of the risk metric generation and mitigation approaches, it will be necessary to maintain the ability to estimate real-time risk to ships, boats, and aircraft. This service will require the capacity to assess hazardous ground operations and explosive siting requirements for storage and handling of solid and liquid propellants.

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