1, March 2019

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9655
Open Date: 26/02/2019
Closing Date: 23/04/2019 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.164.07
Prog. Ref.: MP- Studies;Preparation Element
Budget Ref.: E/0401-01 – MP- Studies;E/0600-05 – Preparation Element
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Other
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Science
Department: Future Missions Office
Contract Officer: Weihert, Beatrice
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 26/02/2019
Update Reason: Tender issue

M5 System Studies Parallel Phase A contracts for the three M5 candidate missions.Parallel Phase B1 contracts for the selected M5 mission following the Phase A. SPICA is a Mid- and Far-IR observatory, whose key science goals include galaxy and black hole formation and evolution, resolution of the far-infrared polarisation of galactic filaments and understanding the formation and evolution of planetary systems. SPICA is a joint mission with JAXA, with payload elements funded by the Member States. The SPICA Observatory will be launched on an H3 rocket for a nominal mission of 3 years orbiting the second Lagrange point of the SunEarth system (SEL2). The payload consists a 2.5m Ritchey-Chretien telescope actively cooled to below 8 K together with the shielded cryogenic Payload Module. The two instruments are a Far-IR high-resolution spectrometer (SAFARI), including the far-IR imager/polarimeter (POL) and a Mid-IR spectrometer/camera (SMI).

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