Notice of Intent deadline extended to Announcement of Opportunity for hosted payloads
31 Aug 2011
To accommodate the high level of interest in ESA’s Announcement of Opportunity regarding hosted payloads on board one of the EDRS satellites, the deadline to submit a first Notice of Intent has been extended to 15 September 2011.
Interested parties are now asked to submit only a summary page of the Notice of Intent form providing preliminary information of the proposed payload. Other changes have been made relaxing several requirements. For a complete list of changes to the AO, click here.
The Announcement of Opportunity calls for hosted payload proposals to be embarked on EDRS-C with the general concept of sharing the cost of satellite resources and of the launch. This allows lowering the cost for the EDRS programme whilst also providing access to space for a lower cost for the hosted payload proponents.
Key in this initial stage is assessing the compatibility with the EDRS mission, as well as the identification of funding sources, either private or public.
A workshop is planned on 22 and 23 September at ESA’s ESTEC facility in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, to clarify the selection process, conditions, and information required. Presentation sessions will be organised with general Q&A sessions as well as possibility of short slots for one-to-one Q&A on aspects specific to a proponent proposal. More information on the workshop will follow.
Proposal submissions are due by 7 October 2011. Retained proposals will receive additional technical and contractual information to allow for a refined proposal to be submitted by mid December 2011. The final selection of EDRS hosted payloads will be made on the basis of these refined proposals.
The EDRS programme intends to ignite the emergence of a new type of satellite telecom service for future Earth Observation constellations by providing a data relay function via a new telecom geostationary infrastructure. Through a public-private partnership, the EDRS-C GEO satellite is being developed as part of this infrastructure and will ultimately be owned and operated by the selected EDRS operator and service provider.
Please refer to the following documents located on ESA's Electronic Mail Invitation to Tendering system (EMITS) for complete details:
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Last Update: 31 Aug 2011