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ADVANCED GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION AND CONTROL FOR ACTIVE DEBRIS REMOVAL

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7477 
Open Date: 22/03/2013
Closing Date: 24/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 13.1EC.04
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: 100-200 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag Department: Electrical Engineering
Department Division: Control Systems Division
Contract Officer: Marnix Houten
Last Update Date: 03/04/2013
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)

The activity will establish an advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) concept for active debris removal for the baselined capturing technologies. The activity will include the preparation of a simulation environment (model in the loop) for verification of feasibility from a GNC perspective. This activity will assess scenarios for active debris removal stemming from the baselined capturing technologies and derive a preliminary, advanced guidance and control concept for the phasing, approach, fly around, capture and deorbitation phase (TRL 3). This will include trade-offs concerning the required sensors as well as actuator and the architecturaldesign. Following the assessment of attitude and positioning requirements, the activity will continue with algorithms analysis and evaluation for image recognition, pose identification, path planning and GNC at large. The activity will include the preparation of a simulation environment (model in the loop) for verification of feasibility from a GNC perspective. Particular emphasis will be placed on the verification of the approach towards a target in low earth orbit, precise position and attitude matching, depending on the baselined ADR scenarios, the GNC functions for safe capturing, and the control of the coupled system during de-orbitation.

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