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Technology Harmonisation

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The European Space Technology Harmonisation has been developed to achieve better-coordinated research and development (R&D) activities among all actors of the European space sector, establishing a strong technology base as a means of underpinning the worldwide competitiveness of European Industry and to ensuing the success of future space missions.

It involves building an overview of the current European R&D situation and needs, establishing coordinated European Space Technology Roadmaps and preparing a European Space Technology Master Plan, through a process of consultation, coordination, harmonisation and agreement between ESA, its Member States, European Institutions and industry.

The European Space Technology Harmonisation Process

Harmonisation is a voluntary process, based on transparency and exchange of information. The continuous support from all participants, including delegations, industry, universities and research institutes, is key to the success of this European initiative.

Harmonisation produces joint roadmaps aimed at optimising public funding and guiding developments to ensure the right technology attains the right maturity at the right time

The main objectives of the European Space Technology Harmonisation are to:

- Fill strategic gaps and minimise unnecessary duplications
- Consolidate European strategic capabilities
- Achieve a coordinated and committed European space technology policy and planning
- Contribute to continuity and coherence between technology and industrial policies.

How the Harmonisation process works

The European Space Technology Master Plan (ESTMP)

Updated annually by ESA together with key stakeholders and distributed widely, the ESTMP constitutes a comprehensive overview of technology R&D across Europe, including European harmonised roadmaps. It sets out a European vision of technology for the coming years to support decisions of European stakeholders on space technology development.

We are pleased to present this special Space19+ brochure edition of the ESTMP: Space19+ (27-28 November 2019) has been the decision point for the 22 ESA Member States to decide on ESA’s vision for the future of Europe in space, and an opportunity to direct Europe’s ‘next generation’ ambitions in space. Technology will be the engine of this vision and the ESTMP constitutes a good atlas of what is being envisaged.

The ESTMP Space19+ brochure edition is publicly accessible and can be found here.

Any question related to the ESTMP can be sent by email to

ESTMP 2019 Space 19+ brochure edition
ESTMP 2019 Space 19+ brochure edition

How to participate?

The harmonisation is an open process for all European stakeholders.

In case of interest in any of the topics to be addressed in the following year, the recommended approach is to contact the national delegate, ideally by November. The delegate will then recommend how to further proceed, e.g. by including the interested party in the national presentation and/or being involved in the Eurospace /SME4Space consultation process. The contact points can be found in the ESTMP.


2019 Topics
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
Big Data from Space
Composite Materials Fluid Mechanics and Aerothermodynamic Tools
Cryogenics and Focal Plane Cooling      On-Board Radio Navigation Receivers
Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies for Optical Passive Instruments - Mirrors
Power Management and Distribution   Technologies for Optical Passive Instruments – Stable & Lightweight Structures


2020 Topics
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
AOCS Sensors and Actuators Critical Actie RF Technologies
On-Board Software Pyrotechnic Devices
 Functional Verification and Missions Operations Systems Solar Array Drive Mechanism
Micro-Nano Technologies - MEMS Electromagnetic Compatibility
System Engineering Digital Infrastructure TT&C Transponders and Payload Data Transmitters


2020 Meeting dates
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
14-16 January 2020 Mapping Meeting 9-11 June 2020 Mapping Meeting
18-20 May 2020 Roadmap Meeting 1-3 December 2020 Roadmap Meeting


All participants to the Harmonisation process can request an access to the Harmonisation Document Management System (HDMS/DCCM: by sending an e-mail to (providing business affiliation and position in the company).

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