22, June 2015

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8298
Open Date: 22/06/2015
Closing Date: 15/09/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 14.123.14
Prog. Ref.: GSTP Period 6 E1 PRJ
Budget Ref.: E/0904-611 – GSTP Period 6 E1 PRJ
Special Prov.: GB+PL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Mechanical Engineering Department
Division: Propulsion & Aerothermodynamics Division
Contract Officer: Almeida, Rudolfo
Last Update Date: 22/06/2015
Update Reason: Tender issue

Hydrogen Peroxide has been investigated and used as a propellant since the 40’s. However, since the 70’s there has been significantcontroversy regarding the storability, long term chemical compatibility and handling of the high purity grades required for the useas a propellant. In the past decade, extensive research has been devoted to hydrogen peroxide including major efforts in Europe (e.g. EU FP7 GRASP). This includes a better understanding of the hydrogen peroxide chemistry but is not yet conclusive. Therefore there is a need to provide a definitive status on the storability / compatibility and safety characteristics of this propellant. The goal is to have a neutral entity perform analysis & testing via a meticulous experimental approach to provide definitive, credible conclusions on storability and material compatibility and identify space propulsion applications for which hydrogen peroxide is appropriate. The activity should include: – “ Propellant Safety characterisation (e.g. resistance to radiation, adiabatic compressibility), – Material compatibility (e.g. long term storage, material surface treatment investigation), – Long term storability (e.g. influence ofthe impurities on the hydrogen peroxide chemistry).

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