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SYSTEM STUDY OF OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS WITH A HYBRIDISED OPTICAL/RF PAYLOAD DATA TRANSMITTER

on 24 March 2015

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8247
Open Date: 20/03/2015
Closing Date: 01/05/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 15.1ET.02
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 - TRP
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Electrical Engineering Department
Division: RF Payload Systems Division
Contract Officer: Erkelens-Sickinger, Franziska
Last Update Date: 20/03/2015
Update Reason: Tender issue

The activity shall take an end-to-end system engineering approach to examine the potential of an optical communications system thatcombines on the spacecraft some elements of a deep-space RF and optical payload data transmission system, for the purpose of reducing the size, weight and power burden on the spacecraft. Another objective for such demonstrator mission is to avoid a complex groundsegment of several optical terminals. Figures of merit and analytical methodologies shall be developed to conduct system trade studies, and several potential technology integration strategies shall be established.

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