NGA posts “Fairchild” RFI
On May 22, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency posted a request for information for wet film as a service – “Fairchild” (Solicitation Number: HM0476-18-Q-0024). Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on June 11.
NGA has a persistent mission to process original negative “wet” film as well as a mission to reproduce positive film copies from original negatives. This mission supports U.S. treaty obligations, with predetermined specifications for how much film will be received, timelines in which it must be processed, and how it must be delivered for follow-on analysis.
To meet these obligations, NGA requires up to 10,000 feet of wet film to be processed, twice per month. Due to the legacy technology required for this processing, NGA shall provide Versamat automatic film processors and Niagra printers as Government-furnished equipment (GFE). NGA’s intent is for the storage, maintenance, and utilization of this GFE to occur at a Contractor-owned and operated facility, but the Government is open to technically feasible alternatives.
NGA envisions fulfilling this mission support requirement through a “film as a service” based model where the processing of wet film would be bought on a per-unit basis, resulting in delivery of one fully processed film roll. The service provider would be responsible for acquiring all required processing materials, the processing of the film, the disposal of all waste, and the shipping of all processed film.
One of the primary objectives of the wet film mission is to ensure that all processed film meets the quality standards required for the film to be used for imagery exploitation. NGA seeks industry input on the most effective method for quality assurance of processed film, given the unique mission requirements and the legacy technology/techniques that must be utilized.
Full information is available here.