Project details

Overview

Project title

ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS FOR SCIENTIFIC MISSIONS AND THE DEEP SPACE GATEWAY (5G.002/SL.003) - EXPRO+

Tender / Procurement notice
17 Oct 2020

Published

17 October 2020

Deadline

25 January 2021

Budget

 


Procurement type

Services

Reference

ESAZ214381

Funding Agency

ESA - European Space Agency (ESA)


Countries

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

AO10473


Title: ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS FOR SCIENTIFIC MISSIONS AND THE DEEP SPACE GATEWAY (5G.002/SL.003) - EXPRO+

Closing Date: 25/01/2021 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED


Reference Nr.: 20.1TI.13

Prog. Ref.: OP-Other Act. CC

Budget Ref.: E/0534-05A - OP-Other Act. CC

Special Prov.: BE+DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+ES+SE+CH+GB+IE+AT+NO+PT+GR+LU+CZ+RO+PL+HU+CA


Tender Type: C

Price Range: 200-500 KEURO

Products: Satellites & Probes / Optical Communication / Optical Comm ¿ BB / Laser sources, modulators

Satellites & Probes / Optical Communication / Optical Comm ¿ BB / Telescopes

Satellites & Probes / Optical Communication / Optical Comm ¿ BB / Receivers

Satellites & Probes / Optical Communication / Optical Comm ¿ BB / Detectors *See AOCS&GNC

Technology Domains: Optics / Optical System Engineering / Overall Optical System Definition, Design and Engineering

Establishment: ESTEC

Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica

Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep

Division: Institutional and European Programme Off

Contract Officer: Ferreol, Audrey

Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply


Objective:In order to better understand requirements coming from outside of the satellite communications community, and to prepareindustry for such applications, the objectives of this study are: 1) To investigate the end-to-end communications system architecture for long distance communications or scientific missions, including the Deep Space Gateway, and to assess the system requirements. 2) To perform a preliminary design of the optical terminals required to support communications, based on established requirementsat the overall optical terminal level. 3) To identify the critical subunits of the optical terminals and to define the associated performance requirements. 4) To perform a technology survey and derive the technology roadmap for the critical technologies (e.g., optical/optoelectronic). Targeted Improvements: System and sub-system performance requirements for scientific missions or in general long distance communications and a development roadmap for the critical enabling technologies. Description: The feasibility of optical communications between the Moon and the Earth was demonstrated in 2013 with the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD) payload on board the Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). The LLCD ground and space terminals (respectively called LLGT and LLST) were developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory and implemented a bidirectional communications link with 20 Mbit/s uplink and 622 Mbit/s downlink data rates. The EDRS system provides optical return services at 600 Mbit/s (Sentinel mode) and at 1800 Mbit/s (advanced mode) from low earth orbit satellites via GEO to ground. However, the laser communications technology implemented in the EDRS laser communication terminal cannot be easily extended to provide optical communication links between the Earth and the Moon (or beyond). In this activity optical technologies and techniques suitable for deep space communications are to be considered, likethose employed in the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration, or those investigated under ESA contracts (e.g., DOLCE optical linkdemonstrator for end-to-end deep space communications in 2007; OCTAL optical communications transceiver for fade tolerant data relay links in 2012), which are compatible with data return data rates greater than about 100 Mbit/s.