11, July 2016

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8686
Open Date: 05/07/2016
Closing Date: 30/08/2016 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 16.129.13
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – TRP
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 100-200 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / AOCS & GNC / Guidance Navigation Control (GNC) / Radars, lidars, GNSS receivers
Technology Domains: Optics / Optical Equipment and Instrument Technology / Optical Communications
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Management
Department: Mechanical Engineering Department
Division: Mechatronics and Optics Division
Contract Officer: Zarifa Kudari
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 05/07/2016
Update Reason: Tender issue

Communication links between GNSS satellites are required if the constellation shall operate for an extended time without ground contact. Under such circumstances, jamming resistance is considered a critical requirement and optical links can provide the ultimate protection from ground-to-space jamming. At the same time, low cost, high reliability and small size, mass and power are important to be implemented on a GNSS constellation. The activity shall review the requirements on intersatellite links based on the GNSS architecture. It shall design the optimal laser linked GNSS constellation, elaborate an advanced preliminary design of the complete terminal, proceed with the component selection, and derive the path to reduce the cost of building and qualifying such laser terminals providing the detailed roadmap for its development toward TRL 9 readiness.

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