Technology Harmonisation

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.

The ESTMP can be requested by sending an email to

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.

2017 Topics
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
Array Antennas Optical Detectors: Infrared Range
Additive Manufacturing Optical Communications for Space
Big Data from Space Lidar Critical Subsystems
Two-Phase Heat Transportation Equipment Microwave Passive Hardware
Electric Propulsion Technologies Automation and Robotics
2018 Topics
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
De-orbiting Technologies Chemical Propulsion – Components
Frequency and Time Generation and Distribution (Space & Ground) Coatings
Photonics Deployable Booms & Inflatable Structures
Position Sensors (for mechanisms) Life Support Technologies
RF & Optical metrology System Modelling and Simulation tools
2018 Meeting dates
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
6-8 February 2018 Mapping Meeting 10-12 April 2018 Mapping 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).

Last update: 27 February 2018

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