11, April 2016

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8588

Open Date: 11/03/2016

Closing Date: 10/05/2016 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED

Reference Nr.: 16.129.03

Prog. Ref.: TRP

Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – TRP


Tender Type: C

Price Range: 200-500 KEURO

Establishment: ESTEC

Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag

Department: Mechanical Engineering Department

Division: Mechatronics and Optics Division

Contract Officer: Jeusset, Benjamin

Last Update Date: 22/03/2016

Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification (English version)

A fibre-based deep space optical data terminal incorporates a seed laser, amplitude, frequency and / or phase modulator, optical amplifier and free-space beam forming optic. Provision is also made for coarse and fine pointing. For little additional Size Weigh andPower (SWaP), the architecture can be extended to that of a coherent Laser Imager Distance and Ranging LIDAR. Unlike conventional direct detection and photon counting schemes, it is relatively straightforward with coherent LIDAR to achieve quantum limited detection performance with unsophisticated detectors. In addition the technique is sensitive to optical phase. Availability of phase (and therefore frequency) information allows well established RF sensing and communication techniques to be exploited at optical wavelengths with the associated advantages of lightweight, reliable fibre-optic components and delivery, better directionality from smaller apertures, and higher bandwidths. A breadboard of the 3D imaging mode shall be developed along with convincing paper-based evidence that the other modes are realisable and could be added to the demonstrator. The LIDAR system shall be developed for implementation into the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) laser communication terminal (Optel-D) and be used for orbital altitudes between 10 and 100 km above the surface of the Asteroid. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news “Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and R&D entities in ESA programmes”.

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