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GROUND SEGMENT LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGICAL AND QUANTITATIVE

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9105
Open Date: 01/11/2017
Closing Date: 18/01/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.138.03
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 - TRP
Special Prov.: BE+DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+ES+SE+CH+GB+IE+AT+NO+FI+PT+GR+LU+CZ+RO+PL+EE+HU
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 100-200 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Mission Operations / Other
Techology Domains: Mission Operation and Ground Data Systems / Advanced System Concepts
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: System, Software & Technology Department
Division: Systems and Cost Engineering Division
Contract Officer: Singer, Anze
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Last Update Date: 01/11/2017
Update Reason: Tender issue

The objective of this activity is to perform a Life Cycle Assessment of the environmental impact of different ground segments for the range of European missions, developing methodological guidelines and datasets for integration into the ESA LCA database. Finally,ecodesign options will be investigated to reduce the environmental impact of European ground stations. The LCA studies previously performed by ESA looked at both spacecraft and launchers and identified the environmental impact in terms of various environmental indicators such as Global Warming Potential, Ozone Depletion Potential, Human Toxicity Potential, Metal Depletion Potential to name but a few. As space is a very unique sector, some adaptations were needed in order to apply LCA to space, which are captured through an ESA handbook and LCA database. One area studied in less detail during the space missions study was that of the ground segment. Itwas also identified as an environmental hotspot, particularly for toxicity indicators. A different industrial breakdown exists forground segment buildings and equipment and each mission will have specific ground segment constraints. The combination of these factors means that a deeper study of the ground segment is relevant and necessary to fully understand the environmental impacts of space activities in order to take the next step of reducing the impacts.

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