AURA Bid Opportunities

The AURA Bid Opportunities Web site displays all pending RFB’s, RFP's, and amendments issued by the AURA Contracts Office for the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, National Solar Observatory, Gemini Observatory and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. AURA displays, on this Web site, the name and contact information of companies that have attended pre-bid meeting(s). This will apprise prospective subcontractors and the public which firms attended the pre-bid meeting(s). Interested sub-contractors may contact such firms for purposes of supplying subcontract prices. It is the bidder’s obligation to check this Web site to view and obtain copies of amendments and announcements related to the RFB’s.

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RFB# Title Documents Bid Due Date


Pre-Bid Meeting

Pre-Bid Meeting


DKIST Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics
Wavefront Sensor Cameras

All documentation relating to this solicitation

will be available for download at:

1. Q&As for ND7132C

Award Pending

There will be no bidders

conference for this procurement.

For any questions

regarding the RFP;

Please see Article 3 in the Instructions to Offerors.


Barbara Peterman




Gemini North Laser Launch Telescope (LLT)

1. Announcement of Opportunity

2. Statement of Work (V4) 

3. Specifications (V2)

4. Instructions to Offerors (rev D)

5. Main Document

6. Offeror's Budget Template

7. GNAO Reference Drawings

8. GNAO Systems Requirements

9. ICD 1.9 to 5.0 Science Instruments to Transport Storage Operational Environments Rev D

10. Gemini Hilo Facility Guidelines

11. Gemini Maunakea Facility Guidelines

12. Proposer's Conference Agenda and Connection Info

13. Proposer's Q & A (V6)

14. GNAO LLT Optical Train v1.0


Close Date

3:00PM MST

21 May 2020

***note new date***

30 March 2020

Time: 1:00 PM MST

Bidder's Conference Presentation

Bidders Conference Recording


Barbara Peterman


ND1503C Gemini North Adaptive Optics Bench

1. Announcement of Opportunity

2. Statement of Work

3. Specifications

4. Instructions to Offerors

5. Main Document

6. Offeror's Budget Template

7. Offeror's Budget Justification Termplate

8. Applicable & Reference Documents

9. AOB Proposer's Conference Agenda and Connection Info (added 1/24/2020)

10. Instruction to Offerors Rev B (added 1/24/2020)

11. GNAO AOB Proposer's Conference Q&A (added 2/5/2020)

12. Recording of AOB Proposers Conference (added 2/6/2020)

13. Instructions to Offerors Rev C (added 2/14/2020)

14. Instructions to Offerors Rev D (added 25 Feb 2020) 

15. GNAO AOB RfP Q&As (added 10 Mar 2020)

*NEW Date*

06 April 2020

3:00PM MST

3 February 2020

11:00AM MST

* not mandatory but highly recommended * 


Barbara Peterman




Gemini North Adative Optics Imager (GNAOI)




Barbara Peterman



Gemini North Adaptive Optics "Real Time Controller"


1. Announcement of Opportunity

2. Statement of Work

3. Specifications and Requirements (7 Nov)

4. Science and Facility Common Requirements (7 Nov)

5. ICD 1.9 to 5.0 Science Instruments to Transport Storage

Operational Environments (7 Nov)

6. Instructions to Offerors

7. Draft Contract

8. The SCS to MCAO RTC

9. ICD 20 Synchro Bus to Node-Page

10. Questions and Answers (22 Nov.1)

11. Software Coding Standards (12 Nov)

12. GeMS RTC External Interfaces

13. ICD 1.14.2 - 1.14.8 MCAO RTC to RTC EPICS Interface


13 November 2019

1:00PM MST

Recording of Bidder's Conference



Tito Agbayani


ND8433C Development of the EPO/Operations Website Request for Bid

17 April 2020

5:00PM MST


David Kittelson