1, March 2019

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9657
Open Date: 26/02/2019
Closing Date: 23/04/2019 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.164.12
Prog. Ref.: MP- Studies;Preparation Element
Budget Ref.: E/0401-01 – MP- Studies;E/0600-05 – Preparation Element
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Other
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Science
Department: Future Missions Office
Contract Officer: Byberg, Helena
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 26/02/2019
Update Reason: Tender issue

M5 System Studies Parallel Phase A contracts for the three M5 candidate missions. Parallel Phase B1 contracts for the selected M5 mission following the Phase A. Carrying 6 experiments (an S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar, a Subsurface Radar, 3 spectrometers and a Radio science experiment), Envision will investigate Venus from its interior to its atmosphere at an unprecedented resolution, characterizing in particular signs of active geology and looking for evidences of the past existence of oceans. Envision will help understanding why the most Earth-like planet in the solar system has turned out so differently, opening a new era in the exploration of our closest neighbour. EnVision would be launched on an Ariane 6.2, arriving at Venus after a 5 months cruise, undergoing a nearly 2 years aerobraking phase before starting a ~2.5 years science mission in a low polar orbit. EnVision is foreseen to be implemented with significant NASA participation.

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