European Space Agency planning its own long-range “ESAS”

by | Jan 28, 2010 | ESA, exploration | 1 comment

The European Space Agency is to fund parallel industrial studies to examine how ESA can contribute to international human space exploration over the next 20 years with particular focus on risks, life cycle costs, enabling technologies and “strategic value”. The total worth of the industrial work will be more than €500,000 ($699,000)

Bids have to be in by 8 March and the studies have to be completed by the end of 2010, beginning of 2011. In late 2011 ESA’s member states will make major decisions on Europe’s rocket and Automated Transfer Vehicle development

Go through to the extended portion of this blog post to read the study abstract and find the link to the study’s ESA procurement webpage

[T]he European Transportation and Human Exploration Preparatory Activities Programme…includes a programme element for…scenario development [that] will address future European contributions to extended human operations in Low Earth Orbit…international human missions to the Moon and preparatory activities for human missions to Mars. It will analyse the time horizon up to 2030…For each identified scenario an assessment of the life cycle costs, risk and strategic value for Europe will be performed…[S]elected scenario(s) will then be consolidated in Phase 2 leading to the development of a Strategic Implementation Plan by the end of 2010/early 2011. The scenario analysis will be support by industrial studies. The objectives of these studies are to conceptually define potential European contributions, assess risks, life cycle costs and enabling technologies… Two parallel running studies will be procured in open competition to obtain competitive inputs, in particular with respect to the lifecycle costs…

Go here for the procurement page for this study

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

T+1 as Hyperbola launches itself far, far above the blogosphere

All things spaceflight industry get linked too and commented on in Hyperbola, the new blog from Flight's technical reporter Rob Read more

Romania in space

Hyperbola is a technology orientated spaceflight blog by Flight technical reporter Rob Coppinger

SPUTNIK 50: Take us round the World one more time, tovarisch

Hyperbola is a technology orientated spaceflight blog by Flight's technical reporter Rob Coppinger

From the Earth to the Moon: Apollo astronaut interview videos

Hyperbola is a technology orientated spaceflight blog by Flight's technical reporter Rob Coppinger

Give me one minute and I’ll give you the World

Hyperbola is a technology orientated spaceflight blog by Flight's technical reporter Rob Coppinger

China’s Moon, Russia’s Mars and the UK’s origins of the Universe

Hyperbola is a technology orientated spaceflight blog by Flight's technical reporter Rob Coppinger

Dreams of space based solar power and an end to Constellation delays

Hyperbola is a technology orientated spaceflight blog by Flight's technical reporter Rob Coppinger

Beyond the blogosphere

Hyperbola is a technology orientated spaceflight blog by Flight technical reporter Rob Coppinger

Categories

Archives