ESA has issued the Invitation to Tender(ITT) to support the Alphasat Application Development Initiative. This ITT has been listed in ESA´s EMITS tender system under AO 1-6651/11/NL/CLP Alphasat-BGAN/GSPS. Closing date is 26 May.
The Alphasat I-XL satellite is being developed through a public private partnership (PPP) between Inmarsat and ESA. Alphasat will provide coverage over Europe, the Middle East and Africa from the end of 2012 and will support existing and future Inmarsat services.
As part of the PPP agreement, ESA and Inmarsat are launching the Alphasat Applications Development Initiative to promote the development of innovative applications based on Inmarsat’s BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) and GSPS (Global Handheld Service) services. This initiative will also support the design and development of new products and services to exploit Alphasat’s enhanced capabilities.
Companies are invited to respond to this ITT to develop and trial applications addressing new and/or under-served markets. Access to bench testing facilities, satellite air time for over-the-air testing may be provided by Inmarsat upon request to the selected bidders.
Participation in the Alphasat Applications ITT is limited to companies located in ESA Member States participating in the ARTES 8 Alphasat Ground and User Segment programme. Currently these countries are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway and United Kingdom. For companies located in an ESA Member State but not currently participating in the Alphasat programme, the support of their delegations will have to be confirmed for ESA to be in a position to a place a contract. Please contact ESA (email@example.com)
if you need support in addressing your delegation.
For more information, see the EMITS links located in the column to the right.