GB-Newcastle Upon Tyne: T21/0009 CubeSat Hardware and Services

Competitive Contract Notice

1. Title: GB-Newcastle Upon Tyne: T21/0009 CubeSat Hardware and Services
2. Awarding Authority:
Northumbria University
Pandon Building, Camden Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, United Kingdom
Tel. 0191 227 4303, Email:, URL:
Contact: Jon Borley, Attn: Jon Borley
3. Contract Type: Supplies

4. Description: Satellite antennas. Satellite-related communications equipment. Satellite communications equipment. Satellite platforms. Spacecraft, satellites and launch vehicles. Satellites. Communication satellites. The space communications sector is currently booming with the emergence of low cost, short-turnaround and high production rate satellites, such as CubeSats, small-sats and low earth orbit (LEO) constellations. Here we explicitly refer to the CubeSat technology although much of what we propose could be applied to all forms of small-satellite platforms. One significant drawback for CubeSats is that they are not currently applicable for data intensive applications, spanning from commercial telecommunications to remote sensing science missions (Earth observation, solar/terrestrial and astrophysics). We are seeking a supplier who can provide us with expert knowledge of the thermal and mechanical environment of CubeSats in low Earth polar Sun-synchronous orbits, as well as the listed 3U CubeSat hardware, so that we can incorporate and lab demonstrate (TRL-7) a prototype system for 1 Gbps FSO-based CubeSat-to-CubeSat (C2C) communications.
5. CPV Codes:
32324310 - Satellite antennas.
32530000 - Satellite-related communications equipment.
32531000 - Satellite communications equipment.
32534000 - Satellite platforms.
34712000 - Spacecraft, satellites and launch vehicles.
34712200 - Satellites.
35631100 - Communication satellites.

6. NUTS Codes :

7. Main Site or Location of Works, Main Place of Delivery or Main Place of Performance: NORTH EAST (ENGLAND),
8. Reference Attributed by the Awarding Authority: T21.0009 CubeSat Hardware and Services
9. Estimated Value of Requirement: Category H: 100K to 500K
Currency: GBP
10. Deadline for Expression of Interest: 22/10/2021 12:00:00
11. Address to which they must be sent:
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12. Other Information:
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Suitable for VCO: No
Procedure Type:OPEN
Period of Work Start date: 01/11/2021
Period of Work End date: 17/03/2022
Is this a Framework Agreement?: no