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ESA Open Invitation to Tender: 1-11474
Open Date: 05/10/2022 16:31 CEST
Closing Date: 10/11/2022 13:00 CEST

Pulled by the ambitious ESA programs such as Voyage2050, TerraNova, as well as rising space logistics for Cis-Lunar and Earth-Mars missions, the attractivity of nuclear propulsion efficiency is clear. In practice, NEP is a bay of electric thrusters powered by a nuclear power source (using fissile material to generate electricity). The main advantage over chemical reaction is the efficiency of the engines. The advantage over solar electric power input is the larger power output and independence of exposure to direct sunlight, especially enabler for transporting heavy cargo with long time constraints and for exploration beyond mars orbit. In addition, NEP could have strong synergies with surface power fission, envisaged to power future habitats on the Moon and Mars.The main objectives of this activity is to collect preliminary feasibility assessments, to perform first safety and security analyses, to identify key technologies, and to search for potential economic and industrial showstoppers

Estabilishment: ESAHQ
ECOS Required: No
Classified: No
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Authorised Contact Person: Karolina Rybarova
Initiating Service: STS-FL
IP Measure: N/A
Prog. Reference: E/0279-01 - FLPP ADVANCED TECHNO
Tender Type: Open Competition
Open To Tenderers From: BE+CH+CZ+FI+FR+GB+PL+RO
Technology Keywords: 3-B-III-Nuclear and Thermo-Electric Power Generator Technologies / 19-C-II-Nuclear Propulsion Systems / 21-D-III-Radiators
Products Keywords: 2-J-3-b- Other / 2-K-3-c-Electrothermal Propulsion Systems / 3-K-2-c-Other

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