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MULTI-PURPOSE CUBESAT AT THE ISS

on 24 August 2015

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8321
Open Date: 17/08/2015
Closing Date: 25/09/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 15.197.05
Prog. Ref.: General Studies
Budget Ref.: E/0600-00 - General Studies
Special Prov.: BE+DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+ES+SE+CH+GB+IE+AT+NO+FI+PT+GR+LU+CZ+RO+PL+CA
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 50-100 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: System, Software & Technology Department
Division: Future Prep. & Strategic Studies Off.
Contract Officer: Anastasiia Bezulenko
Last Update Date: 17/08/2015
Update Reason: Tender issue

Cubesats are routinely deployed at the ISS but only for classic stand-alone missions, relying on the natural decay of the spacecraft orbit and positive separation from the ISS. Future human exploration missions will require a number of techniques which could be efficiently demonstrated at the ISS with increasing levels of complexity with a small Cubesat, serving as a multi-purpose platform adaptable for various missions. Among others, the purpose of station inspection shall be demonstrated. The purpose of this study is todefine a multi-purpose 8U-class Cubesat to be launched from the ISS in a pressurised logistics module and connected to an internal and external docking station for power supply and data transfer.

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