6, July 2017

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO9030
Open Date: 30/06/2017
Closing Date: 20/07/2017 13:00:00


Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.139.04
Prog. Ref.: Materials Science
Budget Ref.: E/0152-01S – Materials Science
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Payloads / Instruments / Other Instruments / Gradiometers, Plasma detectors / Techology Domains: Life & Physical Sciences / Instrumentation in Support of Physical Sciences / Sensors and Analytical Instrumentation / Life & Physical Sciences / Instrumentation in Support of Physical Sciences / Imaging Diagnostics and Image Treatment Technologies
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Human Sp. & Robotic Exp.
Department: Development Department
Division: Materials Science Payload Unit, Util. Infr. & Payload Exp. Dev. Divisi
Contract Officer: Hamon, Soisick
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 04/07/2017
Update Reason: Summary updated

VIP-GRAN aims at conducting experiments that study the dynamical and statistical properties of granular media in a micro-gravity environment, from dilute to dense regimes. The objective of the activity is to design and build an instrument and a first set of experiment cells that allow to study, on board the ISS, convection, segregation, and jamming phenomena when subjecting granular media to vibrations without the symmetry-breaking influence of gravityPhase B2 aims at defining the accommodation on-board the ISS and the preliminary design of the instrument, making use as much as possible of the design of the existing VIP-GRAN instrument for parabolic flight. Phases C/D shall result in a ground and a flight model of the instrument, including a first set of experiment cells, to perform science experiments on-board the ISS,In the frame of this procurement, prior to issuing the ITT, the Agency intends to issue an ESR Consultation on the list of open ITTs. The purpose of this consultation is to collect comments and questions from industry concerning the ESR (Experiment Scientific Requirements) Documents applicable to this activity. These comments and questions can be answered during the period that the ESR Consultation is open and/or at a Briefing meeting to be organised at the end of the consultationperiod. After the closure of the consultation, the Agency may decide to update the ESR(s). In any case, the final requirements applicable will be those published at the time of issuing the ITT.

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