UK-Swindon: Optical instruments.

UK-Swindon: Optical instruments.

Section I: Contracting authority/entity (as stated in the original notice)

I.1) Name and addresses
UK Research & Innovation, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1FL, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7563420665, Email:
Contact: Elizabeth Gage
Main Address:

Section II: Object (as stated in the original notice)

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title: UKRI-2121 LISA Optical Bench Baseplate Reference number: UKRI-2121
II.1.2) Main CPV code:
38600000 - Optical instruments.

II.1.3) Type of contract: SUPPLIES
II.1.4) Short Description: The LISA concept for directly detecting the oscillating strain in spacetime caused by gravitational waves shares the scheme used in all laser interferometer-based gravitational wave detectors: The passage of the wave is detected by measuring the time-varying changes of optical pathlength between test masses isolated from all forces other than gravitational waves.

The project draws on experience gleaned from the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission, a pioneering mission to test the LISA concept and demonstrate key concepts and technologies. A key technology to the LISA mission is performing interferometry with hydroxide catalysis bonded optics and this was demonstrated on LPF.

Section VI: Complementary information

V1.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 24/06/2022

VI.6) Original notice reference:

Notice Reference: 2022 - 490152
Notice number in OJ S: Not Provided
Date of dispatch of the original notice: 23/06/2022

Section VII: Changes

VII.1) Information to be changed or added

VII.1.1) Reason for change: Modification of original information submitted by the contracting authority

VII.1.2) Text to be corrected in original notice No: 1

Section Number: IV.2.2
Place of text to be modified: Time limit for receipt of tender or requests to participate
Instead of:
Date: 28/07/2022
Local Time: 11:00
Date: 30/08/2022
Local Time: 11:00

VII.2) Other additional information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
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