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USE OF SECURE OPTICAL COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES TO PROTECT EUROPEAN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE - SCYLIGHT WORKPLAN (SL.010) - EXPRO PLUS

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9080
Open Date: 09/08/2017
Closing Date: 20/10/2017 13:00:00

 

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.1TI.01
Prog. Ref.: ScyLight
Budget Ref.: E/0502-01A - ScyLight
Special Prov.: DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+CH+IE+AT+LU+CZ+RO
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Development and Construction of Space Segment / Assembly Integration and Test / Optical Ground Support Equipment
Techology Domains: Optics / Optical Component Technology and Materials / Optical Components
Onboard Data Systems / Payload Data Processing / System Technologies for Payload Data Processing
Establishment: ESAC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Institutional and European Programme Off
Contract Officer: Dean, Andrea
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Last Update Date: 09/08/2017
Update Reason: Tender issue

ScyLight Workplan has been established based on an ESA internal ARTES ScyLight Call for Ideas.This activity have been selected in line with with the programme objectives for Line 4 (Quantum Cryptography Technologies). Line 4 covers the related development as well as in-orbit and service demonstration, including Quantum Key Generation and Distribution systems, and the demonstration of related end-to-end systems.This activity targets the protection of European critical infrastructure through the exploitation of secureoptical communication technologies. European critical infrastructure means critical infrastructure located in European Union states, the disruption or destruction of which would have a significant impact on at least two states (e.g. related to energy, health, transport, telecommunications, finance, security and space assets).The activity shall identify the potential deficiencies of existing secure solutions for critical infrastructure protection, including crypto key management and distribution. It shall identify the required technology developments, concepts of operation and possible scenarios for deployment in space in a 2020 - 2025 timeframe. The technical and operational requirements for space-based systems (e.g. low earth orbit satellites, geostationary satellites, ground segment) shall be established and a business case developed for the protection of critical infrastructures using optical communication technologies, such asquantum key distribution.

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