2, October 2017

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9102
Open Date: 20/09/2017
Closing Date: 01/11/2017 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.197.11
Prog. Ref.: General Studies
Budget Ref.: E/0600-00 – General Studies
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Payloads / Instruments / Other Instruments / Gradiometers, Plasma detectors, ¿
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: System, Software & Technology Department
Division: Future Prep. & Strategic Studies Off.
Contract Officer: Ekatomati, Georgia
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 20/09/2017
Update Reason: Tender issue

The European Space Agency is interested in the advancement, maturation and demonstration of lunar In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) technologies. These technologies will eventually be deployed at the lunar surface to provide consumables and materials that will enable the sustainability of future human exploration missions. The goal of this AO is to demonstrate critical technologies in the end-to-end ISRU process chain for production of oxygen at the lunar surface and to characterize the ISRU feedstock at a location which is representative of those which will be visited by future human missions. The objectives of this activity are: (1) to identify a candidate ISRU payload, payload suppliers and partners interested in jointly enabling research and development; (2) to identify commercial providers for Lunar surface delivery and communications services; (3) to study two mission concepts and their implementation feasibility. (4) to select one successful mission concept in a final ESA review.

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