14, July 2020

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO10414
Open Date: 14/07/2020
Closing Date: 22/09/2020 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 20.1EC.06
Prog. Ref.: Technology Developme
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – Technology Developme
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / AOCS & GNC / AOCS & GNC On Board SW / *See On Board Data Management
Technology Domains: Space System Control / Control Systems Engineering / Autonomy and FDIR
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: Systems Department
Contract Officer: Seynaeve, Christophe Rene R.
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 14/07/2020
Update Reason: Tender issue

To investigate the AOCS architectural and functional solutions to mitigate the failures and degradations introduced by the use of COTS hardware for low-cost missions (Earth Observation, Science, Telecom, IOD). The use of equipment based on COTS for small/constellation/low-cost platforms is impacting the reliability, availability, performance and robustness of the commonly used AOCS [Attitudeand Orbit Control System] equipment (e.g. Gyros, star trackers, GNSS receivers). This activity explores innovative solutions at AOCSfunctions and architecture level (incl. AOCS FDIR) to mitigate the changes introduced by the use of COTS hardware for AOCS equipment. European Hardware (HW) will be considered. Performance and functionality of some of these equipment show reasonable degradation and are attractive for small/low-cost missions. Solutions at AOCS level to accommodate this type of equipment would benefit to ESA small mission as well as favouring European competitiveness in terms of performance/cost for low-cost missions. The following topics needs to be studied:- review of specific impacts of the use of COTS components for standard AOCS equipment: failure risk,availability degradation, performance degradation, environment robustness degradation, end-of-lifedegradation, cost reduction and miniaturisation- assessment of promising techniques/tools to overcome above listed issues (e.g. Optimisation of HWredundancy scheme and on-time, . On board autonomous detection of HW failure/degradation, On board autonomous reconfiguration of AOCS HW under constraints of mission/service continuity)- preliminary validation of updated architectures/functions for 2 types of missions, including contingencyThis activity encompasses the following tasks: Analysis of the performance and robustness of AOCS COTS-based (EU) HW for EO/SCI/TEL/IOD typesof mission Techniques survey to overcome at AOCS subsystem level (architecture, functionality,FDIR, autonomy,…)The specific issues introduced by the use of COTS-based AOCS hardware, in the frame of small/lowcost/constellation missions. Application of the most promising techniques identified to use cases based on EO/SCI/TEL/IOD missions:definition of use cases, design/tuning, justification of the proposed new items Prototyping simulator development and validation of the expected benefits from the architecture/functionalstudied updates Conclusion and recommendations

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