ESA Intended Invitation To Tender


Program ref.: SSA P3 Space Surveil
Tender Type: C
Quarter: 182
Tender Status: INTENDED
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Budget Ref.: E/0716-04 - SSA P3 Space Surveil
Proc. Prop.: YIPC
Special Prov.: AT+CH+CZ+DE+FI+GB+NO+PT+RO+SE
Establishment: ESOC
Directorate: Directorate of Operations
Department: Space Safety Programme Office
Responsible: Densing, Rolf
Technology Domains: Space Debris / Ground- and Space-based Debris and Meteoroid Measurements / Ground-based Optical Measurements of Debris and Meteoroids
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Publication Date: 28-MAY-18

This activity shall start the study and development of space-based sensors instrumentation for SST. A space-based sensor architecture is already available from previous GSP activities delivering a viable Phase A concept. That concept uses a platform in a sun-synchronous dusk/dawn Low-Earth Orbit to scan the entire GEO daily. A passive fix-mounted telescope with a modest aperture of about 20 cm is sufficiently performing for SST tasks. In a different mode, the same sensor can significantly contribute to improving the statistical knowledge on the sub-catalogue small-size space debris population in LEO. Further consolidation under an on-going GSTP activity considers also recent TRP study results for the image processing. In this activity, the systems requirements for either as a small demonstrator mission or as a hosted payload on an Earth observation mission shall be defined. Possibilities for building and operating such a mission in collaboration with national entities need to be considered. The activity is intended to be followed by an activity targeted at building the engineering model of the sensor for a space-based SST component.