The ESA's General Studies Programme (GSP) has started in 2012 the SysNova: a new initiative to get the most brilliant proposals for the development of new technologies in the space field.
SysNova initiative is a technology assessment scheme using “technology challenges” and competition to survey a comparatively large number of alternative solutions and recognises the critical role of joint studies by both academic and industrial institutions across ESA Member States in this exploratory phase.
This competition gives industry and universities the opportunity to work and develop their solutions in a field that is the cutting edge of technology par excellence.
Every year the General Studies Programme will propose few topics of relevance to the exploration of potential technology needs beyond current ESA programmes. Teams composed by people from both academies, research field and industry can submit their proposals and compete for a final prize.