11, April 2016

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8525

Open Date: 22/03/2016

Closing Date: 04/05/2016 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, ¿

Techology 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: 22/03/2016

Update Reason: Tender issue

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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