9, March 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9139
Open Date: 08/03/2018
Closing Date: 19/04/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.187.10
Prog. Ref.: GSTP Element 1 Dev
Budget Ref.: E/0904-611 – GSTP Element 1 Dev
Special Prov.: AT
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Mission Operations / Other
Techology Domains: Space System Software / Earth Observation Payload Data Exploitation / Core Infrastructure and Architectures
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Department: EO Mission Management & GS Department
Division: EO Mission Mngmt & Product Quality Div.
Contract Officer: Bode, Silke Friederike
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 – Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg…
Last Update Date: 08/03/2018
Update Reason: Tender issue

The general aim of the project is to design, implement and deploy an infrastructure for an advanced packaging of thematic EO products, in order to support effective access, management, analysis and exploitation of EO data in the field of Atmospheric Sciences, taking into account heritage, current, and future missions. The core of the project is the development and demonstration of technologies to prepare and homogenize the datasets for joint use, since this is a highly relevant aspect in Atmospheric Sciences, where a large variety of data in terms of sensing method, time, geometry, resolution, format and dimensionality (1D simple profile, 2D maps, 3D data volumes, 4D time series, etc.) usually prevents the combined use of various datasets, in particular e.g. for data fusion, trends analysis or data assimilation. The project shall therefore develop and implement the main components necessary to provide the requested functionalities, integrate them in the final infrastructure and demonstrate the resulting prototype. It shall at least consider the following aspects: Data collection and archiving, Data preparation and ingestion, Data (hosted) processing and analysis functions, Data packaging and provision, and Data visualisation.The activity subject to the present Invitation to Tender (ITT) has been selected for the application of the ESA policy C1 measureto ensure the fair allocation of activities among the economic operators,in response to the specific request of ESA Council at Ministerial level of 4th March 1997. The present Invitation to Tender is in open competition with the specific requirement that Large System Integrators (LSI) may only participate as subcontractor and subject to specific conditions. This measure aims at supportingthe creation of a level playing field for equipment suppliers, SMEs (as per definition given by the European Commission in its recommendation 2003/361/EC : see and RD Organisations.Currently the following economic operators are considered as being LSI:-Airbus Defence and Space SAS-Airbus Defence and Space Ltd-Airbus Defence and Space Gmbh-ArianeGroup SAS (previously known as Airbus Safran Launchers SAS)-ArianeGroup Gmbh (previously known as Airbus Safran Launchers GmbH)-OHB System AG-Thales Alenia Space France SAS-Thales Alenia Space Italia SpaLSI(s) may only be part of the tender as subcontractor(s) and provided all the conditions hereunder are fulfilled:1.The tasks assigned to the LSI do not constitute the core activities of the proposed development;2.The technical and/or expertise brought by the LSI is essential for the tender;3.The non-LSI economic operator(s) in the team retain the key capacities to develop and produce equipment;4.The presence of LSI in the team does not undermine or limit the leading role of the non-LSI economic operator(s) in the industrial team.The following requirements shall apply in case of participation ofLSI(s) as subcontractor(s):the cover letter of the tender shall list the LSI(s) participating as subcontractor(s) and explicitlyconfirm that such LSI(s) participation complies with all the 4 (four) conditions given in the ITT cover letter;a dedicated section of the tender shall evidence that all the conditions above for the participation of LSI(s) as subcontractor(s) are fulfilled;the cover letter of the tender shall indicate the reference of the dedicated section of the tender evidencing that all the conditionsfor LSI(s) participation are fulfilled. Please note that the Special Conditions of Tender for this ITT contain a specific Key Acceptance Factor related to this C1 measure.For any clarification related to SME status, please contact the Agencys SME Office (e-mail:

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