ESA Intended Invitation To Tender

18.1TT.17


Title: QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION PROTOCOLS FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS (SCYLIGHT SL.011) EXPRO+ PRIORITY 2
AO Number: 1-9254
Program ref.: ScyLight
Tender Type: C
Quarter: 184
Tender Status: ISSUED
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Budget Ref.: E/0502-01A - ScyLight
Special Prov.: DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+CH+GB+IE+AT+LU+CZ+RO+CA+NO
Establishment: ECSAT
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Products Division
Contract Officer: Andrea Beardsell
Products: Satellites & Probes / RF / Microwave Communication (Platform and Payloads) / Repeaters and Transceivers / Bent-pipe repeaters, regenarative transponders, ...
Techology Domains: RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / Telecommunication Systems/Subsystems / Telecom Security Techniques and Technologies
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Publication Date: 16-FEB-18

(*) Priority 2Objective: Analyse the performance limitations for existing quantum key distribution protocols and their dependenceon hardware and system-level performances.Targeted Improvements:Model for quantum key distribution protocol performance prediction and a development roadmap for the critical enabling technologies.This activity shall identify the performance limitations of existing quantum key distribution protocols (including different quantum channels, wavelengths, entangled versus single photons, errorcorrection, etc.). A model shall be elaborated that allows the key performance parameters of a quantum key distribution link to be calculated taking into account the protocol parameters and the technical implementation (e.g. laser link properties). The technical readiness level of the different hardware components required for the protocol implementation shall be assessed and the required technology developments shall be proposed.(*) Invitations to tender for activities designated Priority 2 will only be initiated on the explicit request of at least one delegation.