26, April 2021

ESA Open Invitation to Tender: 1-10528
Open Date: 15/03/2021 00:00 CET
Closing Date: 26/04/2021 13:00 CEST

Optical solid Corner Cube Retro-reflectors (CCR) are often implemented to allow laser tracking of satellites from ground. Hollow CCRs have the potential to deliver the same functionality as solid CCRs and with improved performance and lower mass. However, an advance in technology is required to achieve long-term mechanical stability and accurate control of the corner cube angles. This activity intends to address this need for an advancement in hollow CCR technology. The main objectives of this activity are:1) to design,manufacture and test a hollow CCR for space Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) that can be part of an array assembly. 2) To investigate the mass saving potential of a hollow CCR compared to a solid CCR while maintaining a similar performance.

Estabilishment: ESTEC
ECOS Required: No
Classified: No
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Contracts Officer: Anna Karger-Kocsis
Initiating Service: NAV-PNI
IP Measure: N/A
Prog. Reference: E/0365-40 – NAVISP Phase 2 E1
Tender Type: Open Competition
Open To Tenderers From: AT+BE+CH+CZ+DK+EL+FI+FR+GB+HU+IT+NL+NO+RO+SE
Technology Keywords: 16-B-I-Optical Components / 16-C-III-Laser Ranging and Imaging, Lidars and Altimeters
Products Keywords: 2-A-1-g-Optical Navigation Units (including 3D cameras) / 2-A-1.1-c-Optical heads / 2-H-1-b-Optical Parts (lenses, beam-splitters,…)

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