Winning a NASA RAPID $6B Spacecraft Acquisition IV Contract
Russell Smith | October 29, 2019
On October 24, the Contracting Officer said that the procurement office would release the final RAPID Spacecraft Acquisition IV solicitation “in the next couple of weeks.” Thus, bidders are on notice, the race for a contract is in the stretch.
Where should Bidders be NOW
Following is an assessment of what progress bidders should have already made in preparing their proposals:
- Team capable of winning task orders is in place
- Strategy is virtually complete
- Over half of the actual proposal writing to the draft RFP is done
Where Bidders actually are NOW
Based on our experience helping prepare 4,000 proposals, we recognize there may be one bidder who is now in good shape. And the others range down to those in various degrees of disarray.
The Path to a Winning Proposal
We know NASA Goddard has said that, all bidders meeting the requirements will get a contract. Therefore, we know we need to score well on every section of our proposal.
How to be in the Winner’s Circle
Let’s assume that your company has already completed the long-lead-items such as team building and strategy formulation. So, the task becomes, how to tell the winning story that you have previously planned.
Telling a Winning Story
The ability to tell a winning story depends on having the necessary resources. Do you have the writers, graphic artists, pricers, and SMEs you need? If the answer to this is “yes,” then read no farther.
The Winning Resources
However, if the answer is “no,” then look no further than OCI. We are a one-stop-shop for the resources you need to win. Fill holes in your team or provide an entire team. Writers with satellite experience; graphic artists; pricers; and whatever else.
Don’t delay, because, when the nearby writers with satellite experience are gone, then you are looking at out-of-state writers.