2014 CSA Exploration Core Science Definition Studies for Space Exploration (9F052–131059/A)

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Tender Notice


Publishing status
Days to closing
6 years 10 months ago


Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2014/04/24 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


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Request for Proposal (RFP)
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  • None
Tendering procedure
Procurement entity
Canadian Space Agency
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Canadian Space Agency

Contact Information

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Kardum, Robert
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6767 route de l'Aéroport
St-Hubert  QC
J3Y 8Y9


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Requirement Development is part of the Exploration Core program of the Canadian Space Agency. Through Requirement Development, Exploration Core supports CSA’s exploration planning activities and defines the science and technology developments most likely to be required in future space exploration missions of interest to Canada, and assesses potential contributions that Canada could make to such missions. Concept Studies are part of the Requirement Development activity.

Science Definition studies allow for initial investigation of science needs in areas of CSA priority through the development of science approaches, models and tools. These tools developed under this initial phase are important for trade studies and analysis of de-scope options later in the mission development cycle, and typically have a long lead time for development.

This requirement requests Science Definition Studies proposals in the following areas of space exploration:

* Planetary science investigations associated with priority planetary target bodies for future CSA mission contributions. Priority planetary target bodies are Mars and the moon. 

Proposals are sought for one Science Definition Study (SDS) Category, described in the Statement of Work, SDS-1.

The complete description of the work to be completed under this requirement is provided in Annex “A” of the attached Request for Proposal.

Interested suppliers are required to submit their proposals in accordance with the instructions provided in this RFP.  

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A French version of the RFP will be made available upon request and the closing date will be extended consequently by the amount of time it takes to provide a translated document. Bids can be submitted in either official language of Canada (English or French).

The Canadian Space Agency is not subject to the trade agreements.

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Solicitation Documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
9f052-131059a.english.pdf000English- 2014-04-07
9f052-131059a.english.pdf000French- 2014-04-07

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