Call for technical proposals for the design, manufacture, launch and commissioning of a constellation of 3U and 6U nanosatellites

The African Association for Technology and Innovation (AATI), whose objectives are the promotion and development of technology and innovation in Africa invites local and international companies specializing in the design and implementation of nanosatellite technology to submit technical and financial proposals for the design, manufacture, launch and commissioning of a 3U and 6U nanosatellites.

The missions of the two nanosatellites AkwabaSat-1 and AkwabaSat-2:

  • AkwabaSat-1 is to provide satellite earth observation using multispectral/hyperspectral or LiDAR imaging cameras to enable administrative authorities and agencies in African countries to monitor the environment.
  • AkwabaSat-2 is to provide commercial IoT services via satellite to public and private institutions in African countries.

The realization of the AkwabaSat-1 and AkwabaSat-2 projects, by creating the bases of a NewSpace sector, will boost the development of space technology and its applications in Africa. The earth station facilities will support the development of new satellites. The professional success of the technicians and engineers trained under this program will make it a model for the development of capacity building in space technology in Africa. The success of the AkwabaSat-1 and AkwabaSat-2 projects and the development of new advanced technologies will help create new jobs and ensure the retention in Africa of young talents passionate about advanced technologies.

The invitation is extended to relevant satellite manufacturers/contractors/suppliers/industry partners to submit technical and financial proposals for consideration as the implementer of the satellite constellation project. This RFP aims to attract interested bidders who can demonstrate the technical know-how, skills and experience required in the design, manufacture, launch and operation of nanosatellites, and who have the ability to provide financing options. Interested and qualified companies are invited to submit their letter of intent to participate in the pre-qualification exercise.

Program Objectives

The main objective of this program is to build human capacities and develop technologies capable of solving socio-economic development problems in Africa. More specifically, this program aims to:

  1. Design a 3U and 6U nanosatellite mission with optical camera payloads for the following missions:
    1. Space-based Internet of Things (IoT)
    2. Fight the terrorist threat
    3. Detect and combat illegal mining
    4. Fight deforestation
    5. Climate change and environmental studies
    6. Cartography or cartographic imagery
    7. Precision farming
    8. Fight against illegal fishing
    9. 5G internet connectivity
    10. Smart city management
    11. AIS vessel traffic monitoring and control
    12. Search and rescue
  2. Find out how 3U and 6U nanosatellite technology can be used to meet the different needs listed above.
  3. Develop a model capacity development program to be implemented alongside the satellite project, which will ensure that trained specialists are well equipped to actively contribute to the development of the full constellation. Training programs must be delivered both in a designated country and at the consultant’s premises.
  4. The consultant will be responsible for the overall design and implementation of the assignment’s value chain. This includes the design of mission requirements, the development of the satellite, the ground segment as well as the arrangement of launch services and up to two years of technical support.

Eligibility and pre-selection criteria

  1. The candidate must have more than five (5) years of experience in similar services and successful in-orbit missions.
  2. The candidate must justify adequate material and technical means and key personnel to implement the mission
  3. The applicant must prove that he has the financial capacity to begin the performance of the services as soon as the contract is notified (attach the documents attesting to access to financing such as cash, lines of credit, etc.);
  4. The applicant must not have a history of non-performance of a contract. He must establish that he has executed and completed all contracts obtained during the last three (3) years at least and that he has no pending litigation against him.

Submission requirements

The tender file must include a well-detailed technical and financial proposal which also contains:

  • Full company/consortium names, verifiable office address(es), contact person, postal address, telephone/fax and email address. For a consortium, the names and contact details of each member;
  • A letter of intent to form a grouping, signed by all its members and a copy of the draft grouping agreement;
  • Power of attorney/resolution of the board of directors, in the case of a consortium, identifying the principal member of the consortium authorized to submit the proposal and committing all members of the consortium;
  • Certificates of recognition and recommendation for satisfactory performance of similar services;
  • Ability to organize and deliver capacity building programs to project office and local talent relevant to the assignment;
  • Audited financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) of the bidding company or consortium members for the last three (3) years (2019 – 2021);
  • Tax clearance certificates for the last three (3) years (2019 – 2021); and
  • Sworn statement that the company is not in bankruptcy, receivership or liquidation or involved in any litigation that may affect the company’s ability to effectively discharge its liability if incurred and confirming that all information presented in its offer is true and correct in every detail.

Mode of presentation of application files

Proposals and all correspondence should be written in English and French and submitted digitally via email to: [email protected], [email protected] The submission must arrive no later than April 15, 2022.

Interested companies/consortia should note that:

  • Late submissions will be rejected;
  • Only pre-selected firms/consortia will be contacted;
  • Submission of proposals will be in English and French only;
  • AATI reserves the right to verify the authenticity of any claim made in the documents submitted by the companies;
  • This notice should not be construed as a commitment on the part of AATI to award any form of contract to any respondent(s), nor does it authorize any organization submitting a document to claim compensation from the AATI.

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