13, August 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9535
Open Date: 08/08/2018
Closing Date: 28/09/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.154.19
Prog. Ref.: NAVISP Element 1
Budget Ref.: E/0365-10 – NAVISP Element 1
Special Prov.: AT+BE+CZ+DK+FI+NO+RO+CH+GB+NL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 100-200 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Other
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Navigation
Department: Strategy and Programme Department
Division: NAVISP Programme Office
Contract Officer: Papaioannou, Maria
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 08/08/2018
Update Reason: Tender issue

This EXPRO+ procurement is part of the NAVISP Programme, under Elelment 1, Work Plan 2018.Through NAVISP, ESA seeks innovative, groundbreaking, and high impact developments in the Positioning, Navigation and Timing sector. The general objective of this activityis to assess the feasibility of neutrino particles as a PNT source in the future. Today, standard navigation approaches amongst them satellite navigation rely on RF and optical communications. Using neutrino sources as navigation beacons enables navigation and tracking directly through normal matter even in conditions where classical technologies cannot be used. Because neutrinos have no electric charge they show low interactions with normal matter. These extraordinary characteristics could enable the use of neutrino beams for communication, navigation and time dissemination with buried or submerged crafts and even distant planets, without the need to deploy antennas or use relay satellites. The desire is to explore under which circumstances and for which use cases neutrino-based concepts can represent a viable PNT source. Several aspects like user environment, detector and generator performance, information coding/decoding concepts, etc, are to be evaluated during this activity.

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