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NSTP-2 Call for Sub-Orbital and Small Launcher Research Proposals PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation and Space Technology (CEOI-ST) invited proposals for industrial research projects that will contribute to the introduction of sub-orbital flight and satellite launch operations in the UK, as part of the National Space Technology Programme (NSTP).

The Call is now closed, the proposals have been assessed and all applicants have been notified of the outcome.

 

Following the publication of the UK’s National Space Policy, the Government intends to provide support for research into spaceflight. In particular the UK government has the ambition to establish a spaceport in the UK and is examining the case for commercial spaceflight and small satellite launch activities, as set out in the recently published National Space Policy. This Call aims to develop the growth of the UK space sector by funding research into commercial sub-orbital flight and small satellite launch systems that are intended to operate from the UK.

The objective of this call is to investigate the challenges with the introduction and operation of such services in the UK, to investigate solutions that could be commercially viable and to identify the underpinning technology developments required to support these activities.

 

Proposals should involve research projects that will:

 

  • determine how sub-orbital or small satellite launch vehicles primarily designed for operation outside of the UK can be adapted to operate on a commercial basis in the UK, and/or;
  • develop capabilities in the UK that will increase the UK’s ability to operate sub-orbital or small satellite launch services, and/or;
  • identify the technology developments that will be needed and how UK companies can play a significant role in the supply chain for future sub-orbital and small satellite launch systems

 

The Call invited proposals for research and development projects with grants typically in the range of £150,000 to £250,000 that will complete within 6 months. Matched funding is required from industrial bidders in accordance with EU State Aid Regulations.

 

The timescale is:

  • Release of Call
  • Notification of Capability to be Offered (optional)
  • Notification of Intention to Bid
  • Closing date
  • Proposal selection
  • Projects typically starting

5th January 2016
22nd January 2016 (noon)
29th January 2016 (noon)
16th February 2016 (noon)
During February 2016
From March 2016

 

Full details of the Call are contained in the 'Announcement of Opportunity' document, which is available here, together with the other bid documents:

 

 

* Potential bid leads should contact the relevant organisation(s) directly for further information *

 

Full bids must conform with the requirements in the Announcement of Opportunity (AofO) document.

 

The Call was issued on behalf of the UK Space Agency by the CEOI-ST Partners (Airbus DS Ltd, QinetiQ Ltd, STFC/RAL Space and University of Leicester), who will also manage the selected projects on behalf of the Agency.

 

For further information or to discuss any aspect of this call, please contact:

 

Mr Doug Liddle

AO Manager on behalf of CEOI-ST

Director, In-Space Missions Limited

Mob: 07984 097736

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or

Mr Chris Brownsword (CEOI-ST Technology Director)

Tel: 01252 393918 (land line)

Mob: 07825 762527 (mobile)

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0r the CEOI-ST Director.

 

 

NSTP-2 Call for Space Technology Fast Track Proposals PDF Print E-mail

On behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation and Space Technology is pleased to announce the NSTP-2 Round 2 Space Technology Call for Technology FAST TRACK projects.  The total budget available for projects to be funded through this Call is £2M. This Call is now closed and proposals are being evaluated.

 

 

The goal of NSTP is to advance UK technologies to higher technology readiness levels (TRLs) to support UK industry’s ability to accelerate innovation, and expand sales in both institutional and commercial space markets.

 

This Call aims to support the growth of the UK space sector by funding FAST TRACK projects.  We are looking for highly innovative proposals with strong enabling potential for future space activities. Successful proposals will accelerate the development of space technologies for future commercial or scientific missions. Projects developing instrumentation for commercial applications are strongly encouraged.

 

Proposals are sought for space technology research and development projects that relate to, and align with, the NSTP Strategy, Technology Roadmaps and IGS within one of the 5 main themes;

 

  • Telecommunications
  • Sensing
  • Position, Navigation and Timing
  • Exploration and Robotics
  • Access to Space

 

Proposals addressing technology areas that fall outside the roadmaps will be considered, but will be expected to provide more comprehensive justification.

 

The timescale is:

  • Release of Call
  • Notification of Intention to Bid
  • Closing date
  • Proposal selection
  • Projects typically starting
3rd September 2015
23rd September 2015 (noon)
14th October 2015 (noon)
During November 2015
From January 2016

 

Proposals for Technology FAST TRACK projects are limited to £150K grant.  Industrial co-funding will be required in accordance with EU State Aid Regulations.

 

Bidders should provide CEOI-ST with notification of their intention to bid into this call by 12.00 noon on 23rd September 2015, as described in the Announcement of Opportunity (AofO) document. This information will be held in strict confidence. It will assist in the efficient evaluation of bids and ensure that bidders can receive any related information during the bid period.

 

Full details of the Open Call are contained in the 'Announcement of Opportunity' document, which is available here, together with the other bid documents:

 

 

Full bids must conform with the requirements in the Announcement of Opportunity (AofO) document.

 

For further information or to discuss any aspect of this call, please contact:

 

Mr Chris Brownsword (CEOI-ST Technology Director)

Tel: 01252 393918 (land line)

Mob: 07825 762527 (mobile)

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

or the CEOI-ST Director.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 19:18