ESA’s online System for Tendering And Registration, esa-star, is the default electronic Tendering interface for ESA and its external partners.
esa-star is a fully electronic, integrated, online tendering system. It improves the end-to-end procurement experience by simplifying the document handling process. This makes it easier to collect and exchange information between ESA and its external partners.
esa-star has a dedicated Registration and Management tool for external entities. This tool handles all supplier or bidder entity information.
How does esa-star affect your business?
ESA publishes its tender-related information through esa-star Publication.
The following table shows you which module of esa-star module to use related to activity:
|Registering with ESA as a new external entity (potential bidder/supplier)||esa-star Registration|
|Accessing your entity-related data in order to verify, validate, modify or complete the registration process as a new or existing bidder/supplier||esa-star Registration|
|Accessing Intended Invitations To Tender (IITTs) and expressing interest||esa-star Publication|
|Accessing Invitations to Tender in which you might be interested or, via your own in-box, Requests for Quotation – RFQs, restricted ITTs, etc. specifically addressed to you||esa-star Publication|
|Expressing interest in an open Tender Action and requesting the system to create a dedicated work area (the Bidder’s Restricted Area) allowing you to prepare your proposal, submit requests for clarifications, etc.||esa-star Publication / esa-star Tendering|
|Submitting your proposal||esa-star Tendering|
Registration and Tendering
Registration with esa-star is mandatory for all entities who wish to do business with ESA, and who are not already registered with esa-star.
Learn more about the registration process here.
For new suppliers or bidders, there are specific guidelines for submitting documents in esa-star. Formatting requirements must be met for a valid bid.
Important points about esa-star document formats:
- The tender documents, duly signed when required, shall be submitted in pdf format containing no dynamic content. (i.e. no animations).
- If required by ESA, specific tender components (i.e. PSS forms, planning charts, etc.) may have to be uploaded, also in their native format.
- Only unencrypted files, which are not password protected can be uploaded. (ESA ensures that files are encrypted after upload to esa-star). Maximum file size is 250 Mb per file.
Go to esa-star Tendering
Try out the system before your deadline:
We recommend that you test the system with a preliminary version of an offer prior to your deadline, to make sure that you are familiar with the format, process and system.
ESA wants to make sure that preventable last-minute problems do not arise and this is a way to test your connection and authentication process and ensure the right document formats.
Getting started with esa-star
Step-by-step esa-star user manuals and tutorials can be found within the doing Business with ESA portal.