29, June 2016

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8687
Open Date: 10/06/2016
Closing Date: 08/08/2016 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 16.164.06
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
Products: Satellites & Probes / Other Satellites & Probes / On-board SW / Other Satellites & Probes / On-board Data Management / On Board Data Management / Other Satellites & Probes / RF / Microwave Communication (Platform and Payloads) / Communication Systems – C&P / *See EEE Components Satellites & Probes / Power / Power Monitoring and Control / PCDUs, …
Technology Domains: Onboard Data Systems / Onboard Data Management / Onboard Computers Spacecraft Electrical Power / Power Conditioning and Distribution / Power Distribution RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / Telecommunication Systems/Subsystems / Telecom Equipment Structures / Structural Design and Verification Methods and Tools / S/C Design and Design Tools Thermal / Thermal Analysis Tools / Thermal Analysis Methods
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Science
Department: Future Missions Office
Contract Officer: Weihert, Beatrice
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 29/06/2016
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification (English version)

SMILE (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) is a joint science mission between ESA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) with a planned launch date in 2021. The mission aims at increasing our understanding of the connection between the interaction of the Solar wind with the Earth magnetosphere by looking at the nose and cusps of the magnetosphere and the aurorae at the North pole simultaneously while monitoring the in-situ plasma environment. The mission adoption by the Science Programme Committee is currently planned early 2018. The space segment consists of a Propulsion Module (PM) and Service Module (SVM), both provided by CAS, and a Payload Module (PLM) provided by ESA and including the four science instruments, the PLM Control Unit and the X-band communication system. The launch of the complete space segment will be under ESA responsibility. CAS will be in charge of the MOC, with possible ESA contribution (e.g. for ground stations), and both ESA and CAS will participate to the SOC. The four SMILE instruments are provided by ESA Member or Participating States (UVI and SXI), and CAS (MAG and LIA).The SMILE PLM is the mission element that is the object of this statement of work. Its procurement is divided in two main phases: a) Phase 1, corresponding to a parallel competitive phase A/B that will be concluded with a SRR and the contractor selection for the phase 2. The down-selection process will include the review of the updated SRR data package which will serve as a PDR data package. The PDR will be concluded at the start of phase 2.b) Phase 2, corresponding to the phase C/D/E1, will be subjected to a CDR and QAR. Following the PLM flight model delivery for S/C AIT, the Contractor shall support the S/C level activities for the aspects related to the PLM. This will include support to S/C AIT, LEOP and in-orbit commissioning.

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