The objective of this IAP (ARTES element 20) Feasibility Study is to assess the feasibility of using space based assets to assist in predicting landslides and subsidence likely to affect the transport infrastructure in order to reduce the damage to this infrastructure, the risk to the transport users and the cost of both operation and travel disruption. The study will address both the road and rail sector.
The study shall assess the feasibility and viability of providing various types of services:
An integrated solution providing these services shall be defined in the study, demonstrating the added value of multiple space assets. A critical element of the integrated solution is the provision of two services: it must enable alerting of predicted events, as well as real time or near real time alerting of actual events. Three space-based capabilities are relevant for the integration into the potential services: Earth Observation, Satellite Communications and Satellite Navigation.
These space capabilities would be deployed to complement a variety of terrestrial solutions, e.g. LIDAR (both fixed and aerial), mobile patrols, video surveillance, pre-emptive clearance. The aim is to identify the optimum combinations for a range of different types of target locations. The study content will include as tasks: stakeholder / user consolidation, refinement of user requirements, state of the art analysis, service definition, system definition, proof of concept, viability analysis, and implementation roadmap.
Information on the call for proposals has been published on ESA’s Electronic Mail Invitation to Tendering System, EMITS (http://emits.esa.int), under the reference AO 6884 (under “Open Invitations to Tender”). The applicable tender solicitation package can be downloaded by registered users under this 'Announcement of Opportunity' (AO). This specific call is open for applications until 1st of November 2011. 'Entity Registration' is possible on the same website.