19, October 2018

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9359
Open Date: 12/10/2018
Closing Date: 23/11/2018 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.18I.05
Prog. Ref.: Fut.Mis.Prep.
Budget Ref.: E/E104-E5 – Fut.Mis.Prep.
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Other
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Division: Future Missions & Instrument Division
Contract Officer: Fabrizi, Lavinia
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 12/10/2018
Update Reason: Tender issue

For the development of the next generation of L-Band aperture synthesis radiometer instrument, three critical technological elements have been identified based on the experience gained from the SMOS mission.-Advanced receivers for future L-band instrument-Optical harness for future L-band radiometer-RFI mitigation techniques for future L-band interferometric radiometerThe first two developments have already been started.The objective of this third activity is to develop an on-board data processing technique to detect and to mitigate the effects of the RFI observed by interferometric radiometers. This data processing technique shall be implemented as part of an interferometric correlator breadboard and its effectiveness shall be demonstrated. In addition a design for full a correlator ASIC shall be made in order to demonstrate the feasibility of implementing the processing techniques in a space qualified ASIC technology.The correlator breadboard shall be compatible with the Advanced Receivers and the Optical Harness developed inthe two other parallel activities. In a following activity, this will allow the integration of all three elements to demonstrate the performance of the interferometric receiver pair system, which is the basic element of an aperture synthesis radiometer.

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