22, May 2015

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7970
Open Date: 21/05/2015
Closing Date: 01/07/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 14.187.12
Prog. Ref.: EOEP-3 ECARE (PhC,D)
Budget Ref.: E/0011-E3 – EOEP-3 ECARE (PhC,D), EOEP-4 Level 2 Products: E/0024-E4
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Department: Ground Segment & Mission Operations Dep
Division: ESA EO Mission Management Division
Contract Officer: Boisard, Nathalie
Last Update Date: 21/05/2015
Update Reason: Tender issue

As part of the Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS), the Agency is developing the Core Processing Facility (CPF). Within the PDGS, the CPF is in charge of the systematic generation of Level 0, Level 1 and Level 2 products for all the EarthCARE instruments (ATLID, BBR, CPR and MSI) as well as the automatic dissemination/circulation of those products to external entities (JAXA, ECMWF) and other PDGS facilities (Data Handling Facility and Instrument Calibration and Monitoring Facility). The scope of this Contract is to define, design, implement, configure and test the CPF. It also covers the integration of the various EarthCARE processors (~ 20) that will be delivered as CFIs by the Agency. In addition this contract also covers warranty and engineering support from on-site acceptance up to the end of the EarthCARE commissioning phase. Hosting and operations of the CPF are on the other hand out of scope. The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite mission for implementation as the third Earth Explorer Core Mission in cooperation with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The mission objective is to improve the understanding of the interactions of cloud, precipitation and aerosols with radiation by providing three-dimensional retrievals of cloud, precipitation and aerosol scenes with simultaneously measured top-of-atmosphere radiances and fluxes. The EarthCARE payload comprises four instruments: a cloud profiling radar (CPR) with Doppler capability operating at 94GHz, a cloud-aerosol lidar (ATLID) operating at 355nm with a high spectral resolution receiver to separate molecular from particle back-scatter plus a depolarisation channel, a multi-spectral imager (MSI) with channels in the visible to thermal infrared and a broad-band radiometer (BBR). The mission Flight Acceptance Review date is end 2017.

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