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News article5 September 2022

Cassini IOD/IOV Service – IHE1-1 Cubesat Project: Tendering action extended to 30 September 2022

Tenders can be submitted until 30/09/2022 13:00 CEST on ESA-Star portal

tendering action extended

The IHE1-1 Cubesat Project will provide the Horizon Europe Cassini In-Orbit demonstration/Validation (IOD/IOV) service with carriers based on European cubesats platforms, with a volume of 3U or 6U format.

The IHE1-1 Cubesat Project contractor will be responsible to specify and deliver all elements required to accommodate a set of experiments selected by the European Commission, in order to bring them into space and to allow for demonstration and/or validation purposes.


As featured on the IOD/IOV dedicated webpage, these activities include:

  • System studies, at ground and space segment levels, including accommodation analysis of the IOD/IOV Experiments on the IOD/IOV Carrier and the compatibility analysis with the available launch solutions;
  • Input to the launch mission analysis for the launch service provider;
  • Manufacturing, assembly, integration and test of the whole IOD/IOV spacecraft on the basis of EU manufactured solutions including the selected experiments;
  • Ground segment capabilities (facilities and operators) to operate the IOV/IOV mission;
  • Management of interfaces between the different IOD/IOV experiments and the IOD/IOV carrier;
  • Input to launcher interfaces;
  • Operations of the IOD/IOV spacecraft taking into account the specific needs of the experiments;
  • Delivery of the experiments inflight data to the experiment providers, with a right to use for ESA and EU.

This project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the European Space Agency.


Publication date
5 September 2022