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EARTHCARE PDGS INSTRUMENT CALIBRATION AND MONITORING FACILITY (ICMF) AND QUALITY CONTROL FACILITY (QCF) DEVELOPMENT

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7958
Open Date: 11/09/2015
Closing Date: 30/10/2015

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 14.187.11
Prog. Ref.: EOEP-3 ECARE (PhC,D)
Budget Ref.: E/0011-E3 - EOEP-3 ECARE (PhC,D)
Special Prov.: BE+DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+ES+SE+CH+GB+IE+AT+NO+FI+PT+GR+LU+CZ+CA
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESRIN
Directorate: Directorate of EO Programmes
Department: Ground Segment & Mission Operations Dep
Division: ESA EO Mission Management Division
Contract Officer: Bode, Silke
Last Update Date: 11/09/2015
Update Reason: Tender issue

As part of the Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS), the Agency is developing the Instrument Calibration and Monitoring Infrastructure (ICMF) as well as the Quality Control Facility (QCF). Within the PDGS, the ICMF is in charge of performing the instrument calibration and products monitoring functions together with associated configuration control. The QCF is responsible for the on-line quality screening of the operational products and the generation of monitoring files and quality reports that are used as input by the ICMF. The scope of this Contract is to define, design, implement, test and integrate the ICMF into the PDGS and overall Ground Segment as well as to provide training, warranty and evolutive maintenance up to the end of the EarthCARE commissioning phase. The QCF is a non-mandatory option to the contract. In case the bidder decides to propose for the QCF, the scope of activities for the QCF is the same as for the ICMF, exploiting potential synergies. The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite mission for implementation as the third Earth Explorer Core Mission in cooperation with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The mission objective is to improve the understanding of the interactions of cloud, precipitation and aerosols with radiation by providing three-dimensional retrievals of cloud, precipitation and aerosol scenes with simultaneously measured top-of-atmosphere radiances and fluxes. The EarthCARE payload comprises four instruments: a cloud profiling radar (CPR) with Doppler capability operating at 94GHz, a cloud-aerosol lidar (ATLID) operating at 355nm with a high spectral resolution receiver to separate molecular from particle back-scatter plus a depolarisation channel, a multi-spectral imager (MSI) with channels in the visible to thermal infrared and a broad-band radiometer (BBR). The mission Flight Acceptance Review date is currently May 2018.

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