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ESA Open Invitation to Tender: 1-11425
Open Date: 19/07/2022 17:08 CEST
Closing Date: 14/09/2022 13:00 CEST

One of the main objectives of the Space Strategy for Europe is to foster a globally competitive and innovative European space sector in particular by improving support to technological maturation, for sub-systems, equipment and technologies, including in-orbit demonstration and validation activities, to reduce time to market.To ensure the European Union non-dependence and competitiveness in technologies, there is a clear need for a regular, sustainable, cost-effective and responsive In-Orbit Demonstration/Validation (IOD/IOV) service in the European Union. Space flight heritage in real conditions and environment is often required to de-risk innovations such as new technologies, products, concepts, architectures, and operations techniques are they for unique or recurrent, institutional or commercial missions.On 28 March 2022, the European Commission issued a call for expression of interest in In-Orbit Demonstration/Validation (IOD/IOV) of experiments (available here). The objective is to promote European competitiveness and non-dependence by offering flight opportunities through IOD/IOV for european experiments. The European Commission expects to select a number of experiments that would fly with the Horizon Europe Cassini In-Orbit Demonstration/Validation (IOD/IOV) Service.The IHE1-1 CubesatProject will provide the Horizon Europe Cassini In-Orbit demonstration/Validation (IOD/IOV) service with carriers based on Europeancubesats platforms, with a volume of 3U or 6U format.The IHE1-1 Cubesat Project contractor will be responsible to specify and deliver all elements required to accommodate a set of experiments selected by the European Commission, in order to bring them into spaceand to allow for demonstration and/or validation purposes.These activities include: system studies, at ground and space segment levels, including accommodation analysis of the IOD/IOV Experiments on the IOD/IOV Carrier and the compatibility analysis with the available launch solutions; input to the launch mission analysis for the launch service provider; manufacturing, assembly, integration and test of the whole IOD/IOV spacecraft on the basis of EU manufactured solutions including the selected experiments; ground segment capabilities (facilities and operators) to operate the IOV/IOV mission; management of interfaces between the different IOD/IOV experiments and the IOD/IOV carrier; input to launcher interfaces; operations of the IOD/IOV spacecraft taking into account the specific needs of the experiments; delivery of the experiments inflight data to the experiment providers, with a right to use for ESA and EU.This project is funded by the European Union. ESA is the contracting authority and runs the procurement under theESA/REG/001 rev.5. adapted as per the signed FFPA agreement.

Estabilishment: ESTEC
ECOS Required: No
Classified: No
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Authorised Contact Person: Roman Roussel
Initiating Service: TEC-SPS
IP Measure: N/A
Prog. Reference: E/A869-01 - IOD/IOV HEurope Indu
Tender Type: Open Competition
Technology Keywords: 26-OTHERS
Products Keywords: 2-P-Other

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