27, October 2016

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8719
Open Date: 25/10/2016
Closing Date: 20/12/2016 13:00:00


Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 16.1EC.03
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – TRP
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / AOCS & GNC / AOCS & GNC Eng. SW / SW for AOCS&GNC design, analysis, simulation, etc.
Techology Domains: Space System Control / Control Systems Engineering / Control Design and Verification
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Electrical Engineering Department
Division: Control Systems Division
Contract Officer: Fabrizi, Lavinia
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 25/10/2016
Update Reason: Tender issue

In 2009, the Nanosat study recommended a high degree of integration between data handling, AOCS and power distribution.Meanwhile, industry has come with innovate solutions where AOCS sensors are miniaturised and can be progressively introduced fully or partiallyin the central processor, typically coarse gyros, GNSS receivers or the processing part of the Star Trackers, leaving only optical heads or GNSS antennas to be accommodated as external units.The main tasks of this activity shall cover:a) the identification of candidate European sensors, off-the-shelf or to be developed, which have the potential to be miniaturised and integrated (star tracker, sun sensor, gyro, accelerometer, optical navigation sensor, magnetic torquers);b) the selection of one candidate AOCS configuration, able to serve a large number of missions in LEO, MEO and GEO (Earth Observation, Telecom, Navigation) and one candidate GNC configuration able to serve a large number of in-orbit servicing (including Clean Space) and Exploration missions;c) the review of electrical and functional interfaces between these units and an innovative Reconfigurable Data Handling Core (powerful microprocessor and one or several high-end reprogrammable FPGAs) and the optimised partitioning of hardware / software elements of the AOCS GNC functional chains, including redundancy and failure management;d) the high level definition of the various software algorithms, allowing as much as possible on-ground adaptation and in-flight reconfiguration;e) the prototyping of critical hardware and software elements, and adequate testing demonstrating the feasibility of HW miniaturization, integration and reconfigurability.Eventually theseelements will be part of the Compact Reconfigurable Avionics test bench installed in ESTEC Avionics Lab.

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