25, May 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9388
Open Date: 25/05/2018
Closing Date: 11/07/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.138.01
Prog. Ref.: Technology Developme
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 – Technology Developme
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 50-100 KEURO
Products: Orbital Transportation & Re-entry Systems / Descent & Recovery / Descent / Parachutes
Techology Domains: System Design & Verification / System Analysis and Design / Multidisciplinary Analysis
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Tech, Eng. & Quality
Department: System, Software & Technology Department
Division: Systems and Cost Engineering Division
Contract Officer: Singer, Anze
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 25/05/2018
Update Reason: Modified the Letter of Invitation (English version)

Design for Demise is a recent concept, therefore important knowledge gaps still exist. The understanding of how spacecraft are breakup during reentry is extremely complex due to the complex thermo-mechanical environment that the satellite faces during reentry. Furthermore, there are limited observations and in-situ measurements available, and it is difficult and costly to unambiguously reproduce reentry conditions on Earth. Hence, a characterisation campaign is necessary to understand the spacecraft and launchers break-upduring the reentry.The objective of this activity is to support the definition a feasible in-situ re-entry break-up experiment thatcan maximise a broad scientific return.

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