1015257 – Sources Sought – Sources Sought – Optical Calibration Reference Panels

Sep 10, 2020 | Sources Sought


Optical Calibration Reference Panels

This is a SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE ONLY. This is NOT a solicitation for proposals or quotes and does not obligate the Government to award a contract. This notice is for informational and planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation or an obligation or commitment by the Government, nor is it a Request for Proposal (RFQ) at this time. Responses to this Notice must be in writing.

The purpose of this Sources Sought Notice is to conduct market research to determine, in particular, the capability of Small Business firms to provide the supplies/services described below. Documentation of technical expertise must be presented in sufficient detail for the Government to determine that your company possesses the necessary experience to compete for this acquisition. Responses to this notice shall include the following: (a) company name; (b) address; (c) point of contact; (d) phone, fax and email; (e ) DUNS Number; (f) Cage Code; (g) socioeconomic category (i.e., small business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Veteran Owned Small Business, etc.); (h) a technical/capability statement as well as your existing customers (i) any GSA Schedule numbers and expiration dates and (j) if you accept credit cards.

ARS will accept responses from ALL socioeconomic categories in order to gain a more complete understanding of the market for these supplies.

The USDA, ARS, Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center (SPARC) – College Station, TX has a requirement for optical calibration reference panels to support airborne reconnaissance image quality assessment, marine and agricultural research using UAVs to high altitude multispectral platforms, satellite image calibration references and reference panels for autonomous driven vehicle LiDAR sensors.

The technical specifications are:

To manufacture and custom-make six individual fabric target panels each 5M x 5M in dimension, a set of 120 target stakes and two vinyl target transport bags, as well as a stake transport bags..  These panels will consist of Type 822 woven target polyester fabric with an acrylic/silicone coating applied to achieve a diffuse reflecting surface. This coated fabric will have principle reflective surfaces that will average 3%, 12%, 24%, 36%, 48% and 64% across the spectral domain of 420-1050nm. The tolerance in the as-coated band averaged diffuse hemispherical reflectivity (DHR) will be R ± 0.05R where R is the goal reflectivity. The band average reflectivity of the maximum black coated Type 822 material is stated as 3% but may be as low as 2.5%.

The NAICS Code for the expected acquisition is 334516, with a Size Standard of 1000 employees. Any subsequent procurement will be conducted as a commercial item purchase in accordance with FAR Part 12 and as a Simplified Acquisition Procedure in accordance with FAR Part 13.

Please email capability statements to: Joseph Covarrubio at joseph.covarrubio@usda.gov by 5:00 P.M. Central Time on Friday, September 11, 2020. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted. Please note “1015257 Sources Sought Notice – Optical Calibration Reference Panels” in the subject line of the email.

This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that the response is complete and sufficiently detailed to allow the Government to determine the organizations qualifications to deliver the services. Respondents are also advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information or provide feedback about any of the information received. After review of the responses received, the Government may issue a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation in Federal Business Opportunities. No proprietary, sensitive, confidential or classified information shall be included with your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation.

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