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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7461
Open Date: 14/03/2013
Closing Date: 08/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 13.1ED.01
Prog. Ref.: TRP;Strategic Initiative
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 - TRP;E/0800-07 - Strategic Initiative
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag Department: Electrical Engineering
Department Division: Data Systems Division
Contract Officer: Marianne Verplancke
Last Update Date: 24/04/2013
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)

In this study results from activities "Delta radiation characterisation of RH power EEE components" and "Survey of critical components for 1Mrad (new requirement: 150krad) power converter/system design" are employed to design and verify power converters and systems compliant with mission requirements and radiation levels observed (150krad). The prototype shall be tested up to as a minimum 150krad and subsequently up to failure point.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7466
Open Date: 11/03/2013
Closing Date: 31/03/2014



Status: ISSUED Reference Nr.: 13.1TT.61
Prog. Ref.: ARTES 5.1
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01A - ARTES 5.1
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+CDN+RO
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Product Division
Contract Officer: Ulrich Sterzl
Last Update Date: 11/03/2013
Update Reason: Closing Date Extended

A key role of ESA in telecommunications is to promote a significant level of R&D activities to ensure the readiness and competitiveness of European industry in the short and long term. ARTES Element 5 sub-element 5.1, short ARTES 5.1, is the Agency's main programme for preparatory development of satellite communications, and it covers the long-term R&D activities. ARTES 5.1 activities contain significant amount of industrial research and technical risk and are therefore fully funded. ARTES 5 is concerned with the early stages of development of systems and exploitation of new and promising technologies for satellite communications.

In several cases the ARTES 5 activities are a continuation of a TRP activity. Within the TRP the components are developed and basic feasibility is demonstrated, while within ARTES 5 the equipment are developed to breadboard or engineering model level. The further development to a space qualified or industrialised product is supported within the co-funded ARTES 3-4 element. Through ARTES 5, ESA supports the exploitation of new technologies into equipment such that in the long-term the industry will be able to offer state-of-the-art equipment and systems at competitive prices. It encompasses activities related to the development of subsystems and equipment for satellitecommunications.

The Workplan 2013 addresses specifically the Technology and Equipment activities in support of the activity lines defined in the Telecommunications Long Term Plan. The Workplan 2013 has been coordinated with other ESA technology programmes according to the end-to-end process described in ESA/IPC(2008)61, rev.1. The activities are organised per application area with System, Space Segment (Platform and Payload) and Ground Segment.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7386
Open Date: 12/03/2013
Closing Date: 08/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.129.21
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 -TRP
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag Department: Mechanical Engineering
Department Division: Mechatronics and Optics Division
Contract Officer: Susana Fernandez San Roman
Last Update Date: 20/03/2013
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)

This activity is to demonstrate reliable bidirectional optical transmission (up to 100Gbps) through the atmosphere in a scenario representative (in terms of link attenuation and optical turbulence) of an optical feeder link between a GEO telecom satellite and an Optical Ground Station. For that purpose, this activity shall design, manufacture and test an end-to-end optical communications breadboard (OCB) representative of an optical feeder link. The technical feasibility and the performances of such OCB ( e.g.maximum achievable data communications rate, bit error rate statistics, availability ) shall be demonstrated under relevant field conditions (e.g. inter island link using the ESAs Optical Ground Station in Tenerife). Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-primecontractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news (dated 05/02/2001) "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and R&D entities in ESA programmes".
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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7458
Open Date: 08/03/2013
Closing Date: 17/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.123.04
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 - TRP
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Mechanical Engineering Department
Division: Propulsion & Aerothermodynamics Division
Contract Officer: Carla Binedell
Last Update Date: 16/04/2013
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)

Develop and test miniaturised measurement techniques applicable to flows in reduced gravity. Accurate detection of free-surfaces and of volumes of gas and liquids present in a component (tank, pipe,...) requires Improvements in ground and flight sensors. Presently ESA is initiating a GSTP activity on developing mathematical models to describe the behaviour of the fluid under microgravity conditions which could benefit of the here proposed activity and vise-versa for future validation activities. Here it is proposed to investigate other techniques than the usual ones emphasising particularly on the methods developed in medicine and on promising ultrasound methods that are under development in other engineering fields.

Another point is the interest of innovative non-intrusive techniques. The presence of a probe in a flow has always some disturbing effects on the flow-field. The application of holographic interferometry to aerospace application the last years has shown the capabilities of these methods. However, the extraction of 3D mappingof the flow-field is not simple and another issue is to evaluate the existing mapping methods. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news (dated 05/02/2001) "IndustrialPolicy measures for non-primes, SMEs and R&D entities in ESA programmes".

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7449
Open Date: 11/03/2013
Closing Date: 20/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.1TT.31
Prog. Ref.: ARTES 5.1
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01A - ARTES 5.1
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+CDN+RO
Proc. Prop: DIPC
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Keywords: GROUND SEGMENT / GROUND STATION EQUIPMENT
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems
Dep Division: Technologies and Product Division
Contract Officer: Erich Melliger
Last Update Date: 11/03/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

The proposed activity aims to define and develop a HW/SW platform that can accommodate different air interface protocols in order to facilitate a rapid deployment of radio communication links under hostile conditions.Targeted Improvements: to facilitate deployment of satellite/terrestrial links for disaster relief, disaster recovery or tactical operations. The proposed solution is aimed to improve the speed of deployment, reliability as well as the accommodation and physical connectivity issues of multiple hardware systems. For the full description of this activity, please consult the telecom website:http://telecom.esa.int/telecom - 'current and future tenders'. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and R&D entities in ESA programmes".


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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7463
Open Date: 08/03/2013
Closing Date: 01/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 11.1EE.23
Prog. Ref.: TRP;Strategic Initiative
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 - TRP;E/0800-07 - Strategic Initiative
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Electrical Engineering Department
Division: Electromagnetics and Space Environment D
Contract Officer: Gian Lorenzo Casini
Last Update Date: 18/04/2013
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version)
Background: The magnetic cleanliness of past or present programmes for Science and Earth Observation has been extensively based on multiple dipole modelling at unit level using so-called Mobile Coil Facilities (MCF) and at system level e.g. in the Magnetic Field Simulation Facility (German: Magnetfeldsimulationsanlage, MFSA) of IABG. These facilities use a small number of magnetometers and employ rotational measurements to obtain a magnetic signature around a unit under test. Disturbances of the ambient field during the test can require several repetitions.

The rotation could be replaced by an increased number of fixed magnetometers. This could increase reproducibility and reduce measurement uncertainty while considerably reducing test time and operator expertise. Activity:
1) Study possible multi-magnetometer setups, which reduce measurement time below 1 s to allow obtaining a "snap-shot" of the magnetic signature for a unit. Focus on optimum number of magnetometers and optimal locations for minimum uncertainty and maximum reproducibilityof results. This includes consideration of combining individual magnetometers to gradiometer configurations.
2) Develop new softwareor adapt existing programs to solve the discrete inverse problem of finding the minimum number of magnetic sources able to cause the measured magnetic signature within an allowed uncertainty margin.
3) Build prototype facility for proof-of-concept, including a. hardware facility with magnetometers and/or gradiometers and mechanical unit support, b. automatic data acquisition system, c. modelling software based on 2) and report generator.
4) Verify with known magnetic sources like arrangements of dipole magnets, quadrupolesources and current-fed coils.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7443
Open Date: 08/03/2013
Closing Date: 03/06/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.133.03
Prog. Ref.: TRP
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 - TRP
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+RO+PL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 100-200 KEURO
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag Department: Mechanical Engineering
Department Division: Structure and Mechanisms Division
Contract Officer: Carla Binedell
Last Update Date: 16/04/2013
Update Reason: Modified a Clarification(English version) 1

The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture, characterise and validate European lubricants suitable for space mechanisms. European manufacturers of space mechanisms are highly reliant on space-approved fluids which are sourced outside Europe. In particular, cyclopentane oils - such as Nye 2001a - are routinely used in European spacecraft but are manufactured solely in the USA.As such, any political/economic action preventing their export, even if only of a temporary nature, could have important consequences on the ability of ESA-member states to produce fluid-lubricated mechanisms for space applications. Previously ESTL surveyed European-sourced fluid lubricants with potential for use in space mechanism applications (ESA-ESTL-TM-0021) and no European equivalent of Nye 2001a (a multiply alkylated cyclopentane oil) was identified.

Therefore, the purpose of the proposed activity will be to develop an European synthetic hydrocarbon oil suitable for use in space applications. This oil will have to have the ability to be formulated as a space compatible grease. The intended activity will consist of the following tasks: -Preparation of requirements specification, -Review and survey of relevant chemical compounds, materials, technologies and facilities, -Trade-off and definition of the candidate oils, -Definition of manufacturing specifications, processes and procedures, -Formulation of the most promising candidates, -Evaluation of rheological and tribological properties, -In-situ testing of the selected oils, At least 4 different oil formulations shall be fully developed and tested. Should the developed oil(s) be found acceptable for space mechanisms, then a follow on activity will consist of formulation a space compatible grease. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news (dated 05/02/2001) "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEsand R&D entities in ESA programmes".
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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7448
Open Date: 06/03/2013
Closing Date: 15/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.1T1.34
Prog. Ref.: ARTES 5.1
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01A - ARTES 5.1
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+CDN+RO
Proc. Prop: DIPC
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Keywords: ENGINEERING/ TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Future Projects Division
Contract Officer: Andrea Dean
Last Update Date: 06/03/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

To demonstrate the feasibility of beam hopping techniques by implementing the key technologies both at payload and ground segmentas well the required interactions, taking into account the results of system studies on the beam hopping in reduction of the on- boardDC power consumption as well as reduction in the mass by sharing one tube to serve several beams. Targeted Improvements: Beamhopping can match offered capacity with traffic demand. Compared to uniform power and bandwidth assignment per user beam, the beam hopping provides 50% reduction of DC power consumption. Using the beam hopping, one power amplifier can serve up to 8 beams providing significant saving in required mass particularly for multi-beam systems with user link in Ka band with a large number of beams. Description: For the full description of thisactivity, please consult the telecom website: http://telecom.esa.int/telecom - 'current and future tenders'.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7454
Open Date: 04/03/2013
Closing Date: 29/04/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.197.20
Prog. Ref.: General Studies
Budget Ref.: E/0600-00 - General Studies
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+CDN+RO+PL
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 50-100 KEURO
Establishment: ESAHQ
Directorate: Directorate ESA Polic, Plan & Control
Department: ESA Policies Department
Division: Future Prep. & Strategic Studies Off.
Contract Officer: Margaret O'Sullivan
Last Update Date: 28/03/2013
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification(English version) RE-ISSUE.

The proposed 'Bit Torrent' network is an adaptation of the well known internet data distribution model for mission operations. It is characterised by a high density mesh network of mini, non-pointing antennas on ground that act as seeders (uplinkers/downlinkers) for spacecraft when they are receiving commands and the mission centres or mobile terminals on ground when they are receiving mission or housekeeping data. This concept is to be assessed for technical feasibility and capacity of data transfer possible.

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ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO7447
Open Date: 06/03/2013
Closing Date: 31/05/2013



Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 12.1TT.66
Prog. Ref.: ARTES 5.1
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01A - ARTES 5.1
Special Prov.: B+DK+F+D+I+NL+E+S+CH+GB+IRL+A+N+FIN+POR+GR+LUX+CZ+CDN+RO
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Keywords: COMMON SPACECRAFT BUS AND PAYLOAD ELEMENTS/ TELECOMMUNICATION AND TT&C/RF Equipment Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems
Dep Division: Technologies and Product Division
Contract Officer: Erich Melliger
Last Update Date: 06/03/2013
Update Reason: Tender issue

Development of advanced diplexer concepts suitable for multibeam (Ka, Q and V band) applications, allowing significant reduction ofmass and footprint while preserving state-of-the-art RF performance. Targeted Improvement: 30% mass and footprint reduction. For the full description of this activity, please consult thetelecom website: http://telecom.esa.int/telecom - 'current and future tenders'. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non- prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and R&D entities inESA programmes".
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