2, October 2017

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO8977
Open Date: 20/09/2017
Closing Date: 01/11/2017 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.133.06
Prog. Ref.: GSTP Element 1 Dev
Budget Ref.: E/0904-611 – GSTP Element 1 Dev
Special Prov.: LU
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Launchers / Structures / Fairing
Launchers / Structures / Payload adapters
Satellites & Probes / RF / Microwave Communication (Platform and Payloads) / Antennas – BB / Antenna Towers and/or Reflectors
Techology Domains: Structures / Inflatable and Deployable Structures / Structural Material Concepts
Materials and Processes / Materials Processes / Advanced Materials Manufacture
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: Mechanical Engineering Department
Division: Structure and Mechanisms Division
Contract Officer: van Hilten, Linda
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 20/09/2017
Update Reason: Tender issue

3D honeycomb is foreseen to drastically facilitate the manufacturing of all complex curved and bi-dimensional panels, fairing, mastand booms, antenna reflectors andsub-reflectors, telescope mirrors and re-entry vehicles.The following tasks will be performed:1.Review of all space (sub)systems that are using curve structure based on honeycomb including launchers, telecommunication and structure applicationin general.2. Development of materials to answer all type of application (i.e. Space grade Aluminium, Fibre reinforced resin).3. Trade-off and selection of 3 systems/structure that will show an increase in productivity, functionality and reliability when using 3D honeycomb (i.eantenna, fairy, boom) compare to system using classical honeycomb and splicing process.4. Production of 3D honeycomb (metal and polymer).5. Planning for detailed design, manufacturing, and testing for full space qualification.6. Manufacturing and testing for space related performance and model optimisation.7. Manufacturing of demonstrator/breadboard and full testing and model evaluation.8. Critical revision of 3D honeycomb based structure and eventual manufacturing process modificationNOTE: THIS ACTIVITY IS CURRENTLY IN THE GSTP WORK PLAN BUT WILL ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED AFTER CONFIRMATION OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM DELEGATIONS. AT THAT TIME A PLANNED QUARTER FOR TENDER ISSUE WILL BE CONFIRMED AND BIDDERS WILL BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR INTEREST IN THE ACTIVITY.

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