27, July 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9422
Open Date: 23/07/2018
Closing Date: 18/09/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.187.05
Prog. Ref.: Data Access Contrib
Budget Ref.: E/E016-01 – Data Access Contrib
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Mission Operations / Other
Techology Domains: Space System Software / Earth Observation Payload Data Exploitation / Data and Information Processing and Exploitation
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Department: EO Mission Management & GS Department
Division: EO Mission Mngmt & Product Quality Div.
Contract Officer: Govaert, Luc
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 23/07/2018
Update Reason: Tender issue

Within the Copernicus programme, several Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from different sources are currently being used operationally. Within the three components of Copernicus (Space, Services and In Situ), a need has emerged during the last years to: (1) Improve the accuracy of the DEMs used. This need was mainly driven by the Sentinel-2 mission, for which it was observed that the accuracyof Sentinel-2 Level-1C products does not fulfil the geometric specifications (i.e. 12.5m CE95) over mountainous or cliffy areas dueto the lack of accuracy of the DEM used in the data processing chain; (2) Harmonise the DEMs used by the different actors, such as in the case satellite products over the same area-of-interest need to be combined; (3) Optimise economic resources investing in a single DEM solution across the Copernicus Programme rather than procuring several DEMs. The above needs led to the initiative to procure a programme-level DEM for Copernicus. The objective of this activity is to procure a DEM for use within the Copernicus Programme.Four DEM datasets will be considered as deliverables within this project, with differences in terms of geographical coverage, horizontal sampling and type of license.This Invitation to Tender will be open exclusively to economic operators which have their registered officein an EU Member State or Iceland or Norway.The European Space Agency (ESA) will make the ITT (Cover Letter, Statement of Work, Special Conditions of Tender, Draft Contract) available on its tendering website (EMITS and on its dedicated Copernicus server ( order to access the ITT package from EMITS,a Tenderer must be registered as a potential ESA Tenderer. Any potential Tenderers wishing to register with ESA as a potential Tenderer is requested to complete the online questionnaire on the esa-star registration website: While the registration process is underway, Tenderers may access the ITT package through ESAs dedicatedCopernicus server, which is accessible at: are informed, however, that before submitting a proposal they must at leasthave completed the light Registration as described in the following esa-star Registration Manual: information on the registration process can be found on the Industry Portal pages available at:

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