8, May 2020

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO10337
Open Date: 06/05/2020
Closing Date: 15/07/2020 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 20.1ET.11
Prog. Ref.: Technology Developme
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – Technology Developme
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / RF / Microwave Communication (Platform and Payloads) / Repeaters and Transceivers / Bent-pipe repeaters, regenarative transponders, … / Satellites & Probes / RF / Microwave Communication (Platform and Payloads) / Receivers / “Navigation Receivers *See AOCS & GNC – Single-frequency (Platform/Low-end missions) – Multiple-frequency (Science mission/hig-end missions)”
Technology Domains: RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / Telecommunication Systems/Subsystems / Networking Techniques / RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / Telecommunication Systems/Subsystems / Telecom Security Techniques and Technologies / RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / Radio Navigation Systems/Subsystems / Navigation System Tools
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: Electrical Department
Contract Officer: Seynaeve, Christophe Rene R.
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 06/05/2020
Update Reason: Tender issue

Passive ranging relying on broadcast signalling is very attractive in terms of scalability, and allows to provide passive ranging capabilities to billions of users worldwide with medium earth orbit satellites. Passive ranging rely on the fundamental assumption that the observed propagation delay relates to the geometric range.To enhance resilience to spoofing of the positioning-navigation-timing (PNT) services, it appears attractive to implement 2-way communication and ranging systems to introduce secure bootstrapping and waypointing. Unfortunately, 2-way communications faces multiple-access limitations as the system must interact with each user. Wireless Local Area Network and Ultra-Wideband provide 2-way ranging but in very limited coverage, while 4G Long Term Evolution only offers passive ranging signal. The introduction of a satellite component hybridized with terrestrial systems should be explored to support two-way ranging available globally.This activity encompasses the following tasks- Gather state-of-the-art and emerging technologies- Identify, design and develop the innovative techniques- Assess their performances- Synthesis and recommend ways forward

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