ESA Intended Invitation To Tender


Program ref.: TRP
Tender Type: C
Tender Status: INTENDED
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Budget Ref.: E/0901-01 - TRP
Proc. Prop.: DIPC
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Technical & Quality Manag
Department: Mechanical Engineering Department
Division: Mechatronics and Optics Division
Responsible: Gianfranco Visentin
Publication Date: 18-MAR-16

Development of a robust and minimum footprint computer platform and motor control electronics for robotic control applications inside the ISS environment. The system shall be based as much as possible on Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Single Board Computers (SBC) that are paired with custom Single Event Upset (SEU) protection circuitry. Custom electronic boards can be based on RAD-tolerant IC's. In order to host advanced robotic control stations and equipment within or outside the ISS environment in the future, modifiedCOTS components must be developed and qualified for total dose and SEU compatibility. Standard processing power, comparable with Pentium-type (dual-core) Central Processing Unit (CPU's) must be made available for future robotics programmes, such as e.g. the METERON project, in order to provide access of novel robotics technologies to space. The target application of this activity is the METERON (Multipurpose End-To-End Robotic Operations Network) project. In METERON, it is the scope to validate, in orbit, the use of advanced robotics for haptic telepresence and bilateral control applications. The proposed activity shall aim at developing a demonstration model of a new generation on-board computer stack and distributed joint controller units tested for Total-dose and SEU of an ISS environment (internal as well as external). The on-board computer, as well as several motor controller Printed Circuit Boards (PCB's) with SEU protection shall be developed in an distributed architecture. The motor controller PCB's shall be connected through a high-speed data bus, suitable for high-bandwidth robotic control applications (in the 100Mbit/s range). Along with the hardware development, testing and application software shall be developed in a ' model-based' way, thus, allowing maximum re-use for different applications. The output of the activity shall directly be used with a haptic device, scheduled for launch into ISS under the METERONproject. So, in addition to development and testing, the verification in an end-to-end scenario shall also be the scope of this activity. The activity is anticipated to run under close supervision of the METERON project team. 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".