FBO Notice Date 12/14/17
BIDS Reference Number 829
Document Type: Special Notice
Information Technology Services, Telecommunications Services

Department of the Air Force, Air Force Space Command, HQ CONF, 80909-4554

D -- Air Force Space Launch Infrastructure User Survey on Launch Supportand Modernization SOL 20171214-03 DUE 010518 POC John Mann, Phone 719.554.2524 , Email john.mann.17@us.af.mil

The Air Force Space Command (AFSPC),Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and ISR Operations Directorate (A2/3/6), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado hereby issues the following special notice.

The purpose of this special notice is to is to formally solicit industry's input via the attached Space Launch Infrastructure User Survey on Launch Support and Modernization to gather insights and data from current and anticipated future users of the Air Force space launch infrastructure to inform elements of a DoD report to Congress with user perspectives on the four topics listed below. For this discussion, Air Force space launch infrastructure includes launch base infrastructure and range capabilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida (CCAFS) plus the Eastern Range (ER), and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (VAFB) plus the Western Range (WR)

(1)
Investments in launch base and range infrastructure modernization and sustainment (to include roads, bridges, utilities, frequency spectrum, facilities, range systems, data transport systems, communications, etc.) to improve operations at the ER and WR that may benefit all users, to enhance the overall capabilities of the Air Force space launch infrastructure, to improve safety and to reduce the long term cost of operations and maintenance.

(2)
Measures to normalize processes (including property management, safety approvals, and utilization of land, as well as cleared air, land and sea areas to support launch and test activities), systems, and products across the Air Force space launch infrastructure to minimize the burden onusers.

(3)
Improvements in transparency, flexibility, and responsiveness for launch scheduling.

(4)
Feedback on government-commercialpartnerships and the Defense Cooperation Space Launch Account under the DoD Commercial Space Launch Cooperation program authorized by Section 2276 of Title 10 United States Code (10 U.S.C. §2276).

Specifically, this survey is intended to generate quantifiable feedback from range users to help DoD to assess:

(1)
Space launch infrastructure users' most desired resources provided by the Air Force.

(2)
Air Force space launch infrastructure processes most/least beneficial tousers, and how processes can accommodate innovation.

(3)
Strengths and weakness of the launch scheduling process at each Air Force launch base and range.

Additionally, the survey is intended to solicit user feedbackin a narrative form in response to open-ended questions regarding how the Air Force can minimize burdens on its space launch infrastructure users.

DIRECTION FROM CONGRESS: The Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, Section 1609 requires the Department of Defense to "submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the plan for the implementation of the launch supportand infrastructure modernization program ... [to] include:

  1. a description of plans and the resources needed to improve launch support infrastructure, utilities,support equipment and range operations;

  2. a description of plans to streamline and normalize processes, systems and products at the Eastern and Western Ranges, to ensure consistency for range users; and

  3. recommendations for improving transparency, flexibility, and responsiveness in launch scheduling."

CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFSC/HQCONF/20171214-03/listing.html