2, October 2020

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO10528
Open Date: 25/09/2020
Closing Date: 06/11/2020 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 20.154.19
Prog. Ref.: NAVISP Phase 2 E1
Budget Ref.: E/0365-40 – NAVISP Phase 2 E1
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / AOCS & GNC / Sensors / Optical Navigation Units (including 3D cameras) / Satellites & Probes / AOCS & GNC / Sensors ¿ BB / Optical heads / Satellites & Probes / Parts / Mechanical, Optical and Magnetic parts / Optical Parts (lenses, beam-splitters, …)
Technology Domains: Optics / Optical Equipment and Instrument Technology / Laser Ranging and Imaging, Lidars and Altimeters / Optics / Optical Component Technology and Materials / Optical Components
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Navigation
Department: Strategy and Programme Department
Division: NAVISP Programme Office
Contract Officer: Karger-Kocsis, Anna
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 25/09/2020
Update Reason: Tender issue

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.

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