5, June 2017

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO9038
Open Date: 02/06/2017
Closing Date: 15/05/2018 13:00:00


Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.1MS.05
Prog. Ref.: ExPeRT LEO & Moon
Budget Ref.: E/0116-41M – ExPeRT LEO & Moon
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Orbital Transportation & Re-entry Systems / Structures / Structures – BB / Other
Techology Domains: Environmental Control & Life Support (ECLS) and In Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) / ECLS / Habitability
Establishment: ESTEC
Department: ISS Programme and Exploration Department
Contract Officer: Graziano, Patrizio
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 02/06/2017
Update Reason: Tender issue

Through the present open call ESA solicits proposals from potential commercial partners for co-funded studies on concepts for platforms and facilities in low Earth orbit, as well as associated infrastructure services such as ground segment, transportation, and communication. Here, platforms refers to installations providing all required functions of in-orbit maintenance, power supply, servicing, consumable logistics, spare part logistics, meteoroid, and radiation shielding, thermal protection, and provision of operational environment. In light of new technologies becoming available, there are opportunities to increase the affordability of capabilities in LEO by making use of such innovations to address the challenge of operational cost.It is envisioned that the concepts support utilisation from a wide variety of users: from the institutional as well as the private sector. The expectation is that a marketing of the services of the proposed platform is achieved relying partially on the private sector. Given the international context described above, partnership scenarios including non-European entities are encouraged. This approach allows taking due account of the engagement of the global private space sector in the provision of transportation and research services (e.g. SpaceX Falcon 9 and private space station concepts). ESA funding provided to commercial partners in the frame of the present announcement of opportunity will be limited to entities registered in European participating member states in the Exploration Envelope Programme. However, this restriction will not apply for the co-funded amount.

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