Commerce RFQ: NOAA Enterprise Scheduling System (NESS)

Solicitation: NEEB1000-20-00772

“The NESDIS Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) ground system assets used to manage the telemetry, commanding, analysis and navigation of POES and GOES weather satellite require scheduling to effectively and efficiently use these assets. OSPO wants to move to an enterprise scheduling solution that would provide better plans, faster, with fewer resources, more insight, and less risk. OSPO is procuring engineering services and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software to build on the capabilities of the current OSPO implementations of Satellite Tool Kit (STK), a proprietary software product developed by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), and STK Scheduler, developed by Orbit Logic, to provide a NOAA Enterprise Scheduling System (NESS). NESS will leverage the STK/STK Scheduler COTS capabilities to generate valid, optimized, and de-conflicted NOAA contact schedules for satellites, ground sites, and other resources needed for NOAA operations.

The support contractor shall provide the necessary personnel, material, software, equipment, and engineering to complete the following tasks as directed by the Government:

  1. The contractor shall implement antenna scheduling software to support contact scheduling for all satellites that NOAA supports. This includes all the ground stations, antennas, LEO and GEO satellites, DSCOVR, and other resources and tasks for NOAA scheduling. Note: The antenna scheduling software is being procured by NOAA via a separate contract action. This Statement of Need only addresses the services needed for implementing the NESS.
  2. The contractor shall provide initial model development for the NOAA Enterprise Scheduling System (NESS) to configure scheduler software to include all the ground stations, LEO satellites, DSCOVR, and other resources and tasks for NOAA scheduling.
  3. The contractor shall provide some basic modeling in the NOAA Enterprise Scheduling System for GOES scheduling including collection planning.
  4. The contractor shall provide professional services to train and work with NOAA engineers and schedulers to get further details on how the scheduler software system currently functions, including goals and constraints for each satellite mission. This will include collecting information about interfaces with other systems (both input and output) that NOAA Enterprise Scheduling System will encounter…”

The period of performance is anticipated to be 08/01/2020 – 07/31/2021.

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