18, August 2017

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9030
Open Date: 17/08/2017
Closing Date: 20/10/2017 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: Util. Infr. & Payload Exp. Dev. Division
Contract Officer: Hamon, Soisick
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 17/08/2017
Update Reason: Tender issue

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 gravity. Phase 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 ground and flight models of the instrument, including a first set of experiment cells, to perform science experiments on-board the ISS.In the frame of this procurement, the Agency issued an Experiment Scientific Requirements (ESR) Consultation with a briefing meeting that took place on 20 July2017. The purpose of this consultation was to collect comments and questions from industry concerning the ESR Document applicable to this activity.

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