Intended Invitation To Tender


Title: Copernicus Sentinel-1CD ITT DC & PYRO Harness
AO Number: AO30211
Status: ISSUED
Budget Ref.: E/E001-01-D - Copernicus Programme
Tender Type: C
Quarter: 161
Price range: > 500 KEURO
Establishment: Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A
Directorate: Earth Observation Domain
Officer: Paolo Romani

The Copernicus programme (Copernicus), previously known as GMES, is based on a partnership between the Union, ESA and the Member States. Copernicus is a programme fully funded by the European Union, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), to which the Commission has entrusted the tasks relating to the Implementation of the elements of the Copernicus Space Component. ESA has concluded a contract with the Prime Contractor Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A (TASI) for the procurement of the Copernicus Sentinel-1C and Sentinel-1D Satellites. The Copernicus Sentinel-1C and -1D Satellites are a follow-on to the current series of two Copernicus Sentinel-1 Satellites, called Sentinel-1A & -1B. TASI intends to publish the Invitation To Tender for the procurement of the Copernicus Sentinel-1C and 1D DC &Pyro Harness. The Harness subsystem includes all the on-board interconnection hardware. In particular, the DC harness provides the electrical interconnections for the distribution of power, telemetries, telecommand, pyrotechnic and synchronization signals among the equipment, including also the MIL-1553 bus, Space Wire links and the interconnections relevant to the thermal hardware (for heaters supply and thermistors signal acquisition). Parts of the DC harness are also the internal connectors brackets and the S/C skin connectors (e.g. umbilical, battery continuity connectors). The design of S1 DC Harness is composed of the four parts: - The Platform harness is the harness integrated on the central structure (including all subsystems: EPS, ICS, TT&C, THC, PDHT, PRP). The harnesses of the PDHT and PRP s/s shall be realized and manufactured separately with respect to the Platform harness. - The PDHT harness is the stand-alone harness integrated on PDHT panel and terminated at the PDHT bracket interface. - The Propulsion harness is the stand-alone harness integrated on Propulsion platform and inside the cone. This harness is terminated at a propulsion bracket interface. - The Pyro harness is totally dedicated to Electro actuated units. The Pyro Harness is not interrupted by connector brackets. The present ITT, fully funded by the EU, is addressed to all Union Member States and the States participating in the Copernicus Programme, and contracts may be placed with economic operators from industry and organisations (including subcontractors), whose registered seat is located in all such States. The Union Member States and the States participating in the Copernicus Programme to date are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. ESA BEST PRACTICES IPC(2012)65, rev.2 as amended by the Copernicus Agreement shall apply. No geographical return requirements as defined in the ESA Convention, are applicable to this ITT. Bidders may access the ITT Package on EMITS E.E. ( at least 2 weeks after the publication of this Intended ITT. Any Bidder who is not yet registered with ESA as a potential supplier, may access the ITT Data Package through ESA’s dedicated Copernicus server (