3, May 2016

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8525
Open Date: 22/03/2016
Closing Date: 14/06/2016 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 15.1EE.12
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – TRP
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / System Engineering Software / Environment Models and Computational Tools / Radiation belts, Solar energetic particles, Galactic cosmic rays, ¿
Technology Domains: Spacecraft Environments and Effects / Space Environment / Numerical modelling of environments
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Electrical Engineering Department
Division: Electromagnetics and Space Environment D
Contract Officer: Fabrizi, Lavinia
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 – Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg…
Last Update Date: 03/05/2016
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification (English version)

This activity will develop a highly miniaturised personal radiation detector prototype based on ASIC particle detectors, with appropriate tailored processing to derive biological end-points and with converters to allow tailored responses to neutrons, protons, andions. Particle detectors are being developed on single ASICs that include detecting element and processing electronics, dramatically reducing size compared with “traditional” dosimeters and detectors. This should allow low power, low voltage devices that would be extensively deployed around the astronaut body, in EVA suits, and throughout habitats, dramatically improving the knowledge of individual and area radiation exposures. The chip can also be easily co-located with samples and experiments. In this activity a prototype for a highly miniaturised active detector will be developed using ASIC based radiation sensors such as HMRM. The device will have pulse height analysis capability, built in storage and communications integrated on the same chip as the sensor. The dynamic range of the detector will cover the full spectrum of various particle species from minimum ionizing particles to heavy ions in order to fully characterize the nature of the radiation field and to bin the measurements in terms of charge of the incident particles and their energy spectrum. The on-chip logic will also provide in real-time dosimetric endpoints (e.g. dose-equivalent, LET-H2O spectra). Conversion materials will allow neutrons to be sensed via (n,p) reactions. The prototype will be readied for demonstration on ISS where area and personal data could validate the system. 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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