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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7462
Open Date: 04/04/2013
Closing Date: 30/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.1TF.18
Prog. Ref.: ARTES 1-V Budget Ref.: E/0501-01A - ARTES 1-V
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+CDN+PL+RO
Proc. Prop: NO
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems
Dep Division: Future Projects Division
Contract Officer: Ulrich Sterzl
Last Update Date: 04/04/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

The aim of the present activity is (1) to synthesise the requirements on DSM based components when used for the next generation of OBP-based payload architectures, (2) to validate the benefits of using the DSM technology for OBP based payloads and (3) to define the associated technological roadmaps.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7497
Open Date: 15/04/2013
Closing Date: 27/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 11.1ED.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: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Electrical Engineering Department
Division: Data Systems Division
Contract Officer: Anna Karger-Kocsis
Last Update Date: 15/04/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

Objectives: This activity will build a configurable Test Bed to validate Failure Detection Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) concepts and implementations for spacecraft Avionics data systems. As an important result of this activity a report containing recommendations and suggestion in advance of an ECSS standard for a correct design and implementation of FDIR concepts (for the part that affects the Avionics Data system). Description: Starting from the already available Reference Architecture System Testbed for Avionics (RASTA) system and pushed by recent anomaly events, the aim is to have a real HW test-bed where the conceived or implemented FDIR concepts can be validated. The currently available RASTA system has to be upgraded mainly in order to: - implement redundancies (needed to test FDIR concepts); - improve its configurability/functionality features. At the same time the opportunity will be taken to take account of the latest processor modules (e.g. LEON 3, SCOC?). The upgrade will also provide the reference platform for all applicable building block activities. Reconfiguration Mechanisms, correct use of Safe Guard Memory, fault coverage, BIT are only some of the topics that the availability of a real Test Bed can allow to investigate and validate.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7485
Open Date: 12/04/2013
Closing Date: 24/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 13.138.01
Prog. Ref.: GSTP Period 5 Elem 4
Budget Ref.: E/0904-054 - GSTP Period 5 Elem 4
Special Prov.: CH
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: System, Software & Technology Department
Division: Systems and Cost Engineering Division
Contract Officer: Franziska Erkelens-Sickinger
Last Update Date: 23/04/2013
Update Reason: Summary updated

CubeSat nanosatellites may serve to develop, demonstrate and operationally validate some active debris removal technologies at low cost before they are used on larger operational missions to remove defunct spacecraft and upper stages. Critical technologies to be developed include GNC sensors, actuators and software for rendezvous and close proximity operations, debris capture mechanisms, and propulsion or other devices for de-tumbling and de-orbiting. This activity covers the evaluation and trade-off of technologies relevant to Active Debris Removal to be later developed in miniaturised form in a follow-on activity and intended to be finally demonstrated in Low Earth Orbit on a CubeSat nano-satellite mission.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender  AO7452 
Open Date: 04/04/2013
Closing Date: 21/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 13.129.04
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: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Department Division: Mechatronics and Optics Division
Contract Officer: Rudolfo Almeida
Last Update Date: 04/04/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

This activity aims at developing theoretical and experimental knowledge on throw-nets for grasping orbital debris. The intended final result is a validated model of how a net behaves in the capture operation, accounting for all theon orbit environmental and system design parameters. This activity shall: 1) Elaborate detailed system requirements for the net system. Starting from a list of userrequirements provided by the Agency, the activity shall produce a complete set of requirements specifying the net system and the validation to be performed. 2) Develop a mathematical model of the net and the interdependence of the various system design parameters(e.g. cable dynamic parameters, knot type, mesh size, size of flying masses, closing mechanism), and on orbit environmental parameters (e.g. distance of throw, speed of throw). 3) Realise a parametric simulator of the capture operation. 4) Identify and experimentally characterise materials and assembly technology for the net. 5) Design a parabolic flight test campaign, related test equipment and measurement instrumentation/techniques. The campaign shall envisage different test items/test so that all parameters can be investigated with at least 2 data points. 6) Procure/manufacture integrate and validate test equipment on ground. 7) Perform the test with a representative sample of net and launcher specimens to cover the principal design parameters and validate the mathematical model. 8) Perform a mathematically rigorous validation of the model against the test results. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news (dated 05/02/2001) "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and R&D entities in ESA programmes".

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7467
Open Date: 04/04/2013
Closing Date: 30/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.167.04
Prog. Ref.: Research & Scien. S
Budget Ref.: E/0429-01 - Research & Scien. S
Special Prov.: POR
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Science & Robotic Explor.
Department: Science OperationsDepartment
Contract Officer: Elena Katsampani
Last Update Date: 04/04/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

The contract will tackle an important item missing from the ESA's current software model for its space science missions, namely thelong-term preservation of scientific data analysis software. Once a project has finished and its specialist operational and softwareengineering personnel have dispersed, new technologies can enable long-term preservation of the data analysis software as computeroperating systems evolve. The work is an initial study that will entail four steps: first, cast the data analysis software of two current and two historical ESA missions into Virtual Machines (VMs); second, prototype tools to perform data analysis in VMs for standard and expert users; third, benchmark VM performance in different computing environments; and fourth, assess the prospects of a general solution for the long-term preservation of data analysis software for all ESA space science missions.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7479
Open Date: 05/04/2013
Closing Date: 17/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 13.1QM.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: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Product Assurance and Safety Department
Division: Materials & Components Technology Divisi
Contract Officer: Susana Fernandez San Roman
Last Update Date: 05/04/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

The study will be focused on the developing of 5A 1200V Silicon Carbide (SiC) Schottky diode in hermetic package with the main goalto characterize the performances of the devices in terms of switching capability, reliability of the technology and main characterization of static and dynamic parameters as a function of temperatures as well as to characterize the thermal impedance and resistanceof the proposed package solution. The device will also be characterized the tolerance of the device to Total Ionizing Dose (TID) and proton fluence in order to evaluate their potential future application in space missions. The goal is having a device whose electrical characteristics are enveloping the performances of the devices already available on the market: - Zero Reverse Recovery Current - Zero Forward Recovery Voltage - Temperature independent switching behaviour - Low figure of merit QC/IF where QC is the totalcapacitive charge (goal is QC<20nC) - Package in TO-257 or LCC style As one of the main feature of SiC compound is the high thermalconductivity (around twice the Si one) the maximum operating junction temperature and consequently the maximum power density is expected higher with respect the Si devices.

The reliability of the developed diodes should as well be assessed in this study establishing a limit for the junction temperature for reliable operation as well as the thermal properties of the package At the present stage, the SiC Schottky devices have been already commercialized for mainly automotive market, but the developing and evaluation of anhermetic 1200V SiC Schottky diodes would be appealing for TWTA and other space voltage space application due to the demonstrated performances of the devices on the market. The study will be organized with the following work structure:
-Phase 1: critical analysisofthe technical requirements, compliance matrix of goal values for the main key parameters
-Phase 2: trade-off analysis of the main design structure and topology with relevant simulation
-Phase 3: manufacturing processes definition and main trade-off analysis, first issue of draft Process Identification Document (PID), first run in foundry
-Phase 4: Electrical characterization and stability verification of first run in foundry and analysis of the results
-Phase 5: Review of the manufacturing processes implementing anycorrective actions come from the previous phase, second issue of PID and second run in foundry
-Phase 6: Definition of the electrical and thermal resistance/impedance characterization, reliability assessment and radiation test program. For the overall test program the sample size should be at least 100 devices.
-Phase 7: critical analysis of test results. Reliability analysis and identification of future activities needed to qualification of the device, analysis of manufacturing cost and forecast of yield. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news (dated 05/02/2001) "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and R&D entities in ESA programmes".

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7473
Open Date: 04/04/2013
Closing Date: 17/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 13.133.03
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: Mechanical Engineering Department
Division: Structure and Mechanisms Division
Contract Officer: Rudolfo Almeida
Last Update Date: 04/04/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

The objective of the activity is to conceptually assess a tentacles based capture mechanism for debris removal and to bring the design to a PDR level. The activity involves several trade-off: - mechanisms design, - deployment scenario, - capture scenario, - adequacy of the mechanism to properly withstand the deorbiting & re-entry loads - selection of adequate set of sensor to obtain an autonomous capture mechanism. The interaction will the AOCS sub-system shall be also considered through adequate multi-body simulations, so to answer questions like: to which level the relative motion between the chaser and the target can be minimised? And is the capture system robust to unwanted early collision between the chaser and the target ? As a study case for the requirements, a mission similar to Envisat shall be studied and, to make the tentacles mechanism of general applicability, the capability to grasp the launcher I/F cone shall also be considered as a requirement. A baseline design for the mechanism shall hence be selected. and in preparation for the next step, the design details shall be identified up to a PDR level.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7478 
Open Date: 28/03/2013
Closing Date: 06/06/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 13.155.01
Prog. Ref.: EOEP-4 Data User Ele
Budget Ref.: E/0096-E4 - EOEP-4 Data User Ele
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL+CDN
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Department: Science, Appl & Future Technologies
Dept Division: Exploitation and Services Division
Contract Officer: Alexandra Louise Madden
Last Update Date: 28/03/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

The GlobTemperature project will focus on improving the uptake of global-scale satellite land surface temperature information by the broad research and operational user communities. The project scope has been defined based on user requirements collected following the GlobTemperature User Consultation meeting held in Edinburgh on 27-28 June 2012 (see www.globtemperature.info). Activities under the GlobTemperature project include: user driven LST product development and processing maximising the use of European satellite mission data, product validation, intercomparison and quality assessment, satellite data merging, land surface model verification,development of a prototype LST climate data record, and construction of an LST information portal.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7432
Open Date: 04/04/2013
Closing Date: 30/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 13.1TT.58
Prog. Ref.: ARTES 5.1
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01A - ARTES 5.1
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+CDN
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Keywords: ENGINEERING/ TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Product Division
Contract Officer: Wilhelm Theodor Engels
Last Update Date: 04/04/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

The objective is to demonstrate the suitability to a spacecraft electrical architecture of low insertion force high-density connectors (~250 points) mixing low level signals, power and RF coax connections. Targeted Improvements: The expected improvement is to reduce dramatically the number of connectors in the Service Module to Communication Module interface of a GEO spacecraft and to reduce the number of interception connectors used in AIT. The target is to reduce by 10 days the AIT sequence and to divide by 10 the number of connectors concerned by the two mentioned applications. The mass improvement will be also studied. For the full description of this activity, please consult the telecom website: http://telecom.esa.int/telecom - 'current and future tenders'.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7472
Open Date: 27/03/2013
Closing Date: 22/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.155.14
Prog. Ref.: EOEP-4 Data User Ele
Budget Ref.: E/0096-E4 - EOEP-4 Data User Ele
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL+CDN
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes Department: Science, Appl & Future Technologies
Dept Division: Exploitation and Services Division Contract Officer: Luc Govaert
Last Update Date: 19/04/2013
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)

Ocean Surface Currents (OSC) are the coherent horizontal and vertical movement of surface ocean water (over a specific depth regime) with a given velocity and an upper boundary in contact with the atmosphere that persist over a geographical region and time period. The user portfolio for OSC measurements is extensive and includes: ship routing, offshore operations, ports and harbours, maritime pollution, ice forecasting, maritime search and rescue, offshore renewable energy, wave forecasting, operational oceanography, weather forecasting, sailing, navigation, hydrographic offices and navigation, fisheries, aquaculture, marine infrastructure design, environmental protection, oceanography and climate amongst others. OSC can be derived from space using a variety of techniques including altimetry, gravimetry, SAR radial Doppler, optical (VIS and TIR) feature tracking, passive microwave measurements, ice movement,inferred from scatterometry, and sun-glitter patterns. Sparse in-situ measurements including drifting and moored buoys, buoys, coastal HF-RADAR installations, ARGO floats, and ship measurements complement satellite measurements. Not all of these techniques have reached full maturity: each measurement technique has specific characteristics (e.g., resolution, coverage, accuracy, depth integration etc) that are complementary and there is scope for development of enhanced novel products, particularly through data merging and synergy.

The ESA Data User Element (DUE) is a programmatic component of the Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP) with a mission to encourage long-term relationships between the user communities and Earth Observation. Against this background, the work-programme of the GlobCurrent project is intended to improve the uptake of satellite-derived OSC data by the scientific, operational and commercial user community. GlobCurrent includes the following activities: 1. Develop a framework (inter-comparison and trade-off analysis of algorithms and methodology) to use two-dimensional surface manifestations of OSC to infer the three-dimensional surface ocean (<50-100m) circulation through data-driven merging and synergy. A critical aspect will focus on understanding the information content of each technique in terms of OSC and how complementary data can be combined in the most optimal manner in a data-driven framework to support modelling. 2. Provision and maintenance of a uniform, harmonised, quality controlled, multi-sensor set of satellite OSC data and ancillary information (L2/L3), in a common format, with consistent characterisation of errors and biases. 3. Inter-comparison of OSC data with colocated in-situ measurements, ocean model data and cross characterisation between different satellite datastreams to establish product error and bias methodologies/information (uncertainty). 4. Provision and maintenance of merged (L4-synergy) OSC products (data driven) based on synergy between different satellite and in situ data at local, regional and global scales for user-driven applications including uncertainty estimation for each grid point. 5. Implementation of an integrated set of user-driven demonstrators based on satellite OSC data, and the operation and maintenance of these demonstrators for a finite period, to help the global user community make full use of satellite OSC data, to facilitate scientific, operational and commercial exploitation. 6. Development and maintenance of a GlobCurrent web portal providing a single point of reference for satellite and in situ OSC data together with associated documentation, search and data access, OSC community information, data calibration and validation information.


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