31, August 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9372
Open Date: 28/08/2018
Closing Date: 28/09/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.18I.06
Prog. Ref.: Operations, Studies
Budget Ref.: E/E018-01 – Operations, Studies
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Other
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Department: Future Systems Department
Division: Copernicus Space Office
Contract Officer: Guedel, Berenice
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 28/08/2018
Update Reason: Tender issue

The intended tender shall establish a worldwide benchmark for the access to Sentinels data. ESA operates and distributes data from Sentinels 1, 2, 3 (land) and 5P through terrestrial networks and makes data available to all users on the Sentinels Open Access Data Hub (, as well as to dedicated user communities on dedicated hubs (i.e. CopHub, IntHub and CollHub), via powerful application programming interfaces ( In addition, 4 Data Access and Information Service (DIAS) contracts are being started by ESA to provide access to Sentinels data through highly scalable cloudcomputing environments. ESA constantly monitors and reports about the performances of the access points under its own responsibility. However, the user experience may depend on other factors (e.g. local connectivity and infrastructures conditions) that cannot be directly related to the hub performances. The current activity aims at establishing an independent, geographically characterized benchmark from the user perspective. This shall be achieved by accessing Sentinels data from different locations in Europe and beyond, and by systematically recording the corresponding performances. The obtained results shall be carefully analysed with respect to the statistics obtained locally at the data access points and also with respect to analogous access experiences from notable third party sites providing similar services (i.e. EO data discovery, view and download). The obtained benchmarks shall be described inan effective way in view of future possible open releases. In order to safeguard the independency of the exercise, bidders shall show substantial absence of potential conflicts of interest with respect to Sentinels data distribution.This ITT is funded by the Copernicus Programme and will be open exclusively to economic operators which have their registered office in an EU Member State or Iceland or Norway. The European Space Agency (ESA) will make the entire ITT package (Cover Letter, Statement of Work, Special Conditions of Tender, Draft Contract) available on its tendering website, EMITS, and on its dedicated Copernicus server. In order to accessthe ITT Package from EMITS, a potential tenderer must be registered in ESA STAR. Any potential tenderer not yet registered with ESA must complete the online questionnaire, read more about the process here While the registration process is underway, tenderers may access the ITT Package through ESA’s dedicated Copernicus server, which is accessible at: are informed, however, that they must beregistered in ESA STAR before they can submit a proposal.

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