12, July 2021

ESA Open Invitation to Tender: 1-10843
Open Date: 07/07/2021 12:11 CEST
Closing Date: 01/10/2021 13:00 CEST

BIOMASS is ESA’s 7th Earth Explorer mission. The mission was selected for implementation in 2012. BIOMASS is implemented as a single platform repeat pass interferometric and fully polarimetric P-band SAR mission. The instrument is operated in a simple stripmap mode acquiring global data in a predefined orbit scenario.The main objective of BIOMASS is to provide estimates of the distribution of the above ground forest biomass, of forest height and its temporal dynamics and disturbances, mainly for the tropical forest. This information shall greatly reduce the uncertainty of the land component in the global carbon cycle.BIOMASS launch is foreseen in Q3 2023 with a commissioning phase of 4 months. The phase E2 is composed by two phases. The tomographic phase of 14 months and the interferometric phase for the remaining 4 years, cumulating 5 years of expected lifetime.This procurement targets the delivery of the X-band acquisition service for the BIOMASS mission. The X-Band Acquisition service aims at the on-ground reception of data sensedby the BIOMASS satellite and the delivery of the acquired data in the form of RAW data stream for further ground segment operations. ESA intends to procure as much as possible standardized services using Contractors’ owned state-of-the-art, off-the-shelf facilities and satellite-independent interfaces.The activity is broken into two phases covering:-development and commissioning for a period of 22 months, indicativelyRoutine operation for 2 years extendable by 3 years depending on performance, mission situation and funding availability.

Estabilishment: ESRIN
ECOS Required: No
Classified: No
Authorised Contact Person: Emma Frigot
Initiating Service: EOP-GEP
IP Measure: N/A
Prog. Reference: E/0087-E4 – EOEP-4 Earth Explo.7; E/0060-F1 – Mission ManagementB3
Tender Type: Open Competition
Technology Keywords: 2-E-I-Data and Information Processing and Exploitation
Products Keywords: 4-A-4-Other

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