8, October 2019

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9876
Open Date: 02/10/2019
Closing Date: 15/11/2019 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 19.112.12
Prog. Ref.: GSTP Element 1 Dev
Budget Ref.: E/0904-611 – GSTP Element 1 Dev
Special Prov.: DE+LU+BE
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Mission Operations / Mission Control / Engineering Support (GS S/W dev. and maintenance, …)
Technology Domains: Mission Operation and Ground Data Systems / Ground Data Systems / Mission Control System, Automation, Mission Planning, Simulators and Station M&C and Data Centre Architecture and Technologies
Establishment: ESOC
Directorate: Directorate of Operations
Department: Ground Systems Eng. & Innovation Dept.
Division: Mission Ops. Data Systems Division
Contract Officer: Roettger, Sabine
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 02/10/2019
Update Reason: Tender issue

Objectives:The objective of this activity is to provide an end-to-end solution based on the new ESA Monitoring and Control infrastructure enabling a radical simplification of the monitoring and control of different types of small satellites (e.g. nanosats, cubesats, smallsats, EO low cost missions, etc.).Description:Low Cost Operations can only be achieved if the overall mission is designed in a way which enables a radically different approach to be adopted. The low cost principles are expected to be applied across theboard, including the space and the ground segment, in particular the elements which attract the majority of the development, integration and validation costs. The EGS-CC provides a generic and powerful platform to develop full monitoring and control applications for a specific controlled system. The development effort to provide an EGS-CC based system is expected to be minimum if the controlled system (in particular the spacecraft) complies to the relevant standards. However, the effort to deploy, customize and validate EGS-CC based solutions can be seen as prohibitive for very small and low budget missions. The availability of sufficient help and training material and/or example reference missions will contribute to the acceptance and adaptation.The main objective of this activity is therefore to identify the possible approaches enabling the adoption of EGS-CC based solutions for low budget missions i.e. missions which are prepared to sacrifice aspects such as the reliability and the mission return in favour of a reduction in the budgetary needs to set-up and operate the full mission.

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