9, February 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9210
Open Date: 08/02/2018
Closing Date: 22/03/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.1MS.12
Prog. Ref.: ExPeRT MarsX;General Studies
Budget Ref.: E/0116-11M – ExPeRT MarsX;E/0600-00 – General Studies
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / AOCS & GNC / Guidance Navigation Control (GNC) / Other
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Dir of Human & Robotic Exploration Prog.
Department: Exploration Group
Contract Officer: Arrabal, Pablo
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 08/02/2018
Update Reason: Tender issue

To achieve the goal of a consolidated CM19 proposal, this activity is intended to be implemented in two phases, with the phase A demonstrating the technical and programmatic feasibility and achieving a mission and system design and the phase B1 consolidating the system and subsystem design and specifications, preparing for the implementation phase by executing RFIs and consolidating the programmatic estimates, includingimplementation cost.The timing of the activity is critical in order to enable an implementation decision by end of 2019 and the limited time available becomes a major driver of the activity. Major effort is being put into the planning, in order to make most use of previous and parallel activities (in particular the MREP-funded MSR-Orbiter industrial pre-Phase A studies (800k parallel contracts completed in 2012), the on-going MSR Architecture Assessment study (245k parallel contracts completing in January 2018) and the E3P-funded payload maturation activities for the sample capture sealing system and Earth Return Capsule (due to begin shortly) to parallelise tasks within the activity and to enable a seamless continuation of the different phases ofthe activity.NASA JPL will in parallel be maturing the design of the SRL mission, including the key interface with the Orbiter which is the Orbiting Sample, which carries the sample tubes with cached samples from the Mars 2020 Sample Caching Rover mission. JPL will be actively involved with the ESA Orbiter Phase A/B1 studies in order to provide the latest interface inputs in a timely manner.In detail, the following activities are foreseen in this activity:Phase A (500 k): Critical review and consolidation of the mission and system requirements Review of mission analysis and selection of mission architecture Starting from the baseline ofthe MSRO Pre-Phase A studies system design and currently on-going mission architecture assessments, define the baseline and backup Orbiter mission architectures and perform a delta-definition of the system design Define the spacecraft configuration and architecture down to subsystem level, incl. equipment selection Specific engineering tasks related to GNC for rendezvous and payload interfaces to the capture and sealing system and earth return capsule Risk analysis including risk mitigation options Establish adevelopment and verification plan incl. schedule and preliminary Implementation plan Estimate of industrial costs Conduct a formal Preliminary Requirements ReviewPhase B1 (2.0 M): S/C design and interfaces consolidation through detailed analysis activities based on the PRR outcome Preparation of implementation phase by preparation of technical requirements specifications to a level required by the RFI process Interfacing with ESA and collecting inputs regarding implementation requirements Elaborate and consolidate the Procurement Plan Preliminary identification of potential subcontractors in the implementation phase for the procurement of ESA provisions Execution of RFIs for critical elements Consolidation of concept of operations Consolidation of development and verification plan and programmatic estimates Update the risk assessment and planetary protection plan Preparation of relevant PA/QA plans Consolidation of industrial costs, which will be critically reviewed by the Agency for establishing ESACost at CompletionDepending on the evolution of the collaboration with NASA and agreements with ESA Member States expected overthe coming 3-6 months, the direction and scope of the study may need to be adjusted to reflect the evolved programmatic situation at the time.

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