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Call for expression of interest for In Orbit Demonstration/Validation (IOD/IOV) Experiments




1. Objectives 


The purpose of the Call is to gather feasible experiments (e.g. instrument, part of instrument, equipment, technologies, system experiment, mission concept) which could be considered for IOD/IOV actions. 

Only experiments which have reached a sufficient maturity level would be considered to proceed as IOD/IOV experiments. It shall be noted that experiments will have to bear the costs of their own development up to and including the flight models. 

Experiments will be self-standing with simple and direct mechanical, thermal, electrical and data interfaces with the host spacecraft (i.e. carrier). Direct interfaces means that it is not required a space unit to be developed around each proposed experiment. 


2. Constraints and requirements 


Experiments shall comply with the following constraints and requirements: 

a) The launch of the dedicated IOD missions will be performed with European manufactured launcher solutions (i.e. VEGA/VEGA C, Ariane 6 for the first cut-off). 

b) The candidate experiment providers are expected to perform all Product Assurance (PA) activities (including Configuration Management, Quality Assurance, Safety, EEE Components, Materials, Mechanical Parts and Software Product Assurance), according to plans drawn up by the provider, during all phases of the project to ensure that the experiment will perform its functions as intended with a high probability of success. 

c) Beside the delivery of the flight model, the experiment provider will support, for its experiment(s), the integration and testing of the spacecraft and as required with engineering analysis, engineering models and adaptations to interface requirements. 

d) The approach for the achievement of the experiment qualification (TRL 7) from the current TRL level (preferably 5/6) shall also be part of the providers’ response. 

e) In order to establish the full Technical Dossier (description and interfaces requirements) of the experiment, the experiment provider shall engage a dialogue with ESA at the request of the Commission. 

f) At the project implementation stage, Interface Document(s) including all technical and programmatic interfaces will be established by the spacecraft integrator with the support of experiment(s) provider(s) and the Launch service provider and will be applicable to the experiment provider(s). Experiment (s) provider(s) and other concerned entities shall provide adequate visibility to ESA given its role to ensure the overall coherence of interfaces. 

g) Indicative overall planning respectively to the envisaged calls for proposals: 

? Mission phase CD : early 2020 (call 2019) and early 2021 (call 2020) 

? Flight model delivery: late 2020 (call 2019) and late 2021 (call 2020) 

? Indicative launch: 2021 – 2023 


3. Submission process 


The Call for Expression of Interest shall be open throughout the duration of Horizon 2020 with a first cut-off date on 22 May 2018. 

Applicants are invited to submit their proposal for one or several experiments. Each experiment shall constitute a separate candidature file. 

All proposals submitted by the first cut-off date shall be assessed in view of preparing a guidance document to be published at the opening of the call for proposals1. 

All correspondence and documentation shall be sent in English. 

Applications shall be sent to with "Call for Expression of Interest – IOD/IOV experiments" in the subject line, together with the completed annexed forms. 

Applicants are kindly invited to register by email to their intention to apply. 

The Commission will inform applicants of the outcome of the assessment. 

Any requests for additional information must be made in writing to the Commission using the following e-mail address


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