NOAA Sources Sought: Long-term sustainment GOES-R Ground System and Geostationary (GEO) Ground Sustainment Services (GGSS)

“The Department of Commerce (DOC) in conjunction with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking information on innovative and cost-effective approaches for long-term sustainment of the GOES-R Ground System and its subsequent migration to a services-based enterprise capability – Geostationary (GEO) Ground Sustainment Services (GGSS). The goal of the GGSS contract is to manage ongoing sustainment and to address obsolescence of existing hardware and software through the provision of any necessary hardware and software updates.  It is expected that the GOES-R Ground System (GOES-R GS) will evolve to add cloud technologies and/or new mission support.  Any new IT security requirements will need to be addressed.  Engineering support to the GOES-R GS to support the GOES-U launch activities will be required.  Finally, science algorithm support will be needed.”

This Sources Sought Notice (SSN) was developed as a means to communicate the current state and needs and to provide forward-thinking capabilities the Government believes are needed to sustain the current GOES-R GS, in order to receive potential vendor interest and capability statements.

The Government is seeking to: 1) Determine industry capabilities to fulfill the requirements outlined in this SSN; 2) Determine size standard of respondents capable of fulfilling the requirements; and 3) Identify any special requirements associated with this industry.

NESDIS/GOES-R also intends to explore further how to deploy agile, flexible and modular enterprise elements (hardware and software) at scale while effectively accounting for security, governance, and modern architectures without impact to operational needs.

Additionally, NESDIS/GOES-R intends to investigate cloud-based solutions for data ingest, storage, product generation, science development, and distribution to serve as the secure, reliable, affordable, and scalable foundation for NESDIS operational services. The goal is to be consistent with the NESDIS Cloud Strategy [ ]

The scope of the GGSS contract is to use cost-effective approaches for long-term sustainment (as defined, and differentiated from maintenance, in Table 1) of the GOES-R GS and its subsequent migration to a services-based enterprise capability. It will also include analysis and replacement activities to respond to portions of the GOES-R GS (hardware and software) that become obsolete or exhibit high failure rates during the period of performance of the contract. Appendix A provides an overview of the GOES-R GS.

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