10, March 2017

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8873
Open Date: 09/03/2017
Closing Date: 08/06/2017 13:00:00


Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 16.1TT.53
Prog. Ref.: ARTES 5 Sub-El. 5.1
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01B – ARTES 5 Sub-El. 5.1
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Techology Domains: Ground Station Systems and Networks / Ground Station System / Microwave and Optical Active/Passive Systems
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Product Division
Contract Officer: Rinaudo, Nicole
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 – Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg…
Last Update Date: 09/03/2017
Update Reason: Tender issue

Objective: Development of a low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) unit integrating SSPA, LNA and diplexer operating in L and S bands. Generic but easily customisable design (e.g. filtering) for specific applications e.g. Inmarsat and Thuraya, and supporting non-constant envelope waveforms. Key parameters are mass of < 200g and power in the order of 5-7W (at the diplexer).Targeted Improvements: – Performance improvement (mass reduction, power efficiency, footprint, volume). – Market share increase for EU industry, no product known in this range at the moment. – New market opportunities in relation to the evolution of the RPAS market.Description: Terminals currently available for Unmanned Vehicles (UAV) are suited to large and medium-size aircrafts. The market is however evolving and several applications are emerging for very small Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPAS) with extended range, for which Beyond Line of Sight communications will be required. Current aeronautical terminals are too heavy and too large for these category of aircrafts (mass<25kg. and alt<500ft but with a range of ~100km) therefore not suitable for small RPAS category The activity, starting from the current state of the art, will investigate the most promising technologies (e.g. GaN and ceramic Diplexer) to achieve a low weight (<200g) and power (5-7 W at diplexer) RPAS terminal. Small RPAS requirements and constraints will be taken into account.The technology assessment phase will be followed by the design and development of a representative prototype. The activity will be completed by validation performed in a lab environmentProcurement 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 RD entities in ESA programmes”.

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