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Patrick Air Force Base, near Cocoa Beach, FL, is conducting a commercial solutions opening authorized by Section 879 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328). Under a CSO, the Space Force may competitively award proposals received in response to a general solicitation, similar to a broad agency announcement (BAA), to acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, and services, based on a review of proposals by scientific, technological, or other subject-matter expert peers within the Space Force. Under this CSO, all items, technologies, and services shall be treated as commercial items.

The Space Force intends to obtain “innovative” solutions or potential new capabilities that fulfill requirements, close capability gaps, or provide potential technology advancements. Solutions may include existing technologies or procedures, not currently in use by the Space Force, that would enhance or streamline Space Force mission capabilities. “Innovative” is defined as any technology, process or method that is new as of the date of submission of a proposal. It also includes any new application of an existing technology, process, or method.  

Based on available funding, the Space Force is targeting solutions priced less than $100,000. However, the Space Force will still evaluate proposed solutions priced greater than $100,000. The total for all awarded proposed solutions will not exceed $500,000.

This CSO contains broadly defined areas of interest and interest in more specific requirements. While these areas of interest are geared towards meeting Patrick AFB requirements, the Government reserves the right to award contracts from this CSO to meet Space Force requirements outside of Patrick AFB with similar areas of interest and mission requirements.

Patrick AFB will utilize an open, two-step CSO evaluation process. In step 1, offerors must submit a white paper and a pitch deck for evaluation. Once the evaluations are complete, all offerors will be notified as to whether they will be invited to pitch their proposal at a Pitch Day event.

In step 2, offerors that are selected will receive an invitation to make a live pitch to the Patrick AFB team during a Pitch Day event to be held March 4, 2020 in Cocoa, FL. Offerors will pitch their solution to evaluators and will be notified at the event if they are selected for an award.

In order to expedite funds, the Government intends to pay for these contracts with the Government Purchase Card (GPC), a credit card, which will require you to have the ability to accept a credit card payment during the event.

Additionally, companies must verify they are registered in System for Award Management (SAM) to receive contracts (not just grants), that your SAM address matches your proposal, and that you are able to accept Government Purchase Card payments.

Further information on Patrick AFB Pitch Day will be made available as the event date gets closer. Information can also be found at

Pitch decks (not to exceed 15 slides) and white papers (not to exceed 5 pages)should be e-mailed to  See attached instructions

Ask Me Anything Instructions

Questions, comments, and concerns about any of the challenges can be submitted via email at from January 6, 2020 through January 24, 2020, 4:30 PM EST.

Responses will be posted via not later than January 29, 2020.

The NC Military Business Center, the NC Community College System, and the State of North Carolina do not officially endorse events. These items are posted strictly for the information and convenience of NCMBC customers.

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