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MREP2: HARWELL ROBOTICS AND AUTONOMY FACILITY (HRAF) - PILOT PROJECT 3

ESA Open Invitation To Tender AO8690
Open Date: 30/06/2016
Closing Date: 11/08/2016 13:00:00


Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 16.1MS.03
Prog. Ref.: AURORA MREP-2 S.E.2
Budget Ref.: E/0432-01 - AURORA MREP-2 S.E.2
Special Prov.: GB
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Development and Construction of Space Segment / Assembly Integration and Test / Other
Technology Domains: Automation, Telepresence & Robotics / Automation & Robotics Components and Technologies / Robot Ground Testing Mission Operation and Ground Data Systems / Ground Data Systems / Mission Control System, Automation, Mission Planning, Simulators and Station M&C and Data Centre Architecture and Technologies System Design & Verification / System Analysis and Design / Design and Simulation Space System Software / Advanced Software Technologies / Advanced software functions
Establishment: ESTEC
Department: ISS Programme and Exploration Department
Contract Officer: Arrabal, Pablo
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Last Update Date: 30/06/2016
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification (English version)

The aim of HRAF is to support the integration, verification and validation of autonomy systems and associated technologies from unit up to mission level. This requires the use of specialist test facilities including mock planetary surfaces, software-based simulation environments and physical field trials in representative environments to provide ground truth. The EDL phases of future ESA missions such as Phootprint and Mars Precision Lander require significant autonomous systems with complex behaviour in unknown and unpredictable environments, especially during the final landing phase. This activity will contribute to further validation of ESA-developed EDL technologies (e.g. vision, lidar and data fusion algorithms and GNC sensor hardware) potentially using flying test beds based on quadcopters/UAVs or other types of flying test beds. A second development proposed through this Pilot 3 activity is the safe and autonomous deployment and operation of a robotic arm for instrument deployment and/or sample collection such as it will be required for SFR and Phootprint. It is proposed to use both the ESA developed DELIAN arm (to be completed in mid-2015) and the UKSA developed LARAD arm in 'field trials' to simulate and validate operations of potential robotic arm designs and compare their respective performances. It is also proposed to include within this activity, in a later phase, the robotic arm breadboard to be developed in the SAMPLER activity to be started in Q4 2014. For this latter solution, only the Phootprint environment will be applicable.

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