DESP Framework – Advanced Applications and Services

calendar_month June 8, 2023


The European Space Agency (ESA) has issued this procurement which aims to expand the DestinE Core Service Platform (DESP) capabilities through attractive advanced applications and services which support the exploitation of Destination Earth (DestinE) generated data and information.  

ESA intends to place one 12-month contract with the possibility of extending it to cover DestinE’s continuation into the future. Specifically, this procurement will build a rich and dynamic ecosystem of DESP Registered Services making use of the Core Platform Services in place and unlock the potential of Earth-system modelling. 

Organisations are encouraged to submit their proposals for a chance to be involved in this prestigious initiative which supports the European Commission’s progress towards its sustainable development objectives and to contribute to the European Green Deal and EU’s Digital Strategy. 

This activity shall cover continuous on-boarding, setup, integration and operation of a wide range of applications and services focused on various thematic domains such as descriptive and predictive analytics, forecasts and simulations capabilities, analysis and modelling services, AI/ML-based services, interactive representation of the Earth, and educational services.  

The setup and operations of the DESP Collaborative Services are also part of this procurement and will include open-source libraries; hosting environments where users can build repositories and publish datasets, AI/ML models and applications, and information resources such as code, data, text, graphics, videos, documents.  

This procurement follows the awarding of the DESP Data Management Services procurement call from ESA that will setup, integrate, and operate an open ecosystem of essential services, including platform and data management services in the DESP.  

About the Core Service Platform (DESP) 

The DESP is being developed by ESA and its contractors as the main access point for the Destination Earth system which includes the Data Lake (DEDL) and the Digital Twin Engine and first two Digital Twins. The DESP will provide applications, models, and simulations for expert and non-expert users to obtain accurate, actionable and significant information for policy and decision making in support of the Green and Digital transformation, leveraging applications in the field of climate change, energy, hydrometeorological extremes, wildfires, urbanization, ecosystem monitoring, amongst many others. 

The platform combines generic and user specific services in a user-customisable environment to: 

  • unify access to data generated or collected, referenced by DestinE 
  • provide applications to support development, modelling, analysis, and visualisation 
  • provide tools for carrying out simulations, data retrievals, data transformations 
  • develop and operate own applications and services 
  • share results, data, applications and libraries 

The platform is being developed to be open, interactive, collaborative, performant, evolutive, attractive and extensible. 

More information about the tender 

Please note that the information in this website aims solely to inform interested parties of potential opportunities related to Destination Earth. Full or more accurate information on the requirements, conditions and procedures are to be found in the main procuring agency’s procurement portal

calendar_todayOpening date: 08 Jun 2023
calendar_todayClosing on: 31 Aug 2023
euro 10,000,000

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