26, October 2015

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8452
Open Date: 20/10/2015
Closing Date: 14/12/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 15.164.17
Prog. Ref.: MP- Studies;General Studies
Budget Ref.: E/0401-01 – MP- Studies;E/0600-00 – General Studies
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Science & Robotic Explor.
Department: Future Missions Preparation Office
Division: Advanced Payload and Missions Concepts Office
Contract Officer: Byberg, Helena
Last Update Date: 20/10/2015
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)

M4 System Studies Parallel Phase A contracts. Parallel Phase B1 contracts for the selected M4 mission following the Phase A. THOR will address the fundamental science theme “Turbulent energy dissipation and particle energization” which ties in with ESA’s Cosmic Vision. In particular, THOR will address the following specific science questions: – How is plasma heated and particles accelerated? – How is the dissipated energy partitioned? – How does dissipation operate in different regimes of turbulence? The THOR spacecraft would be launched to a geocentric High Elliptic Orbit (HEO) with an orbital plane close to the ecliptic plane (10 deg inclination). The nominal mission duration is 3 years, split in 3 phases of 1 year each.

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