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Our Mission

The development of technology – making new things to do new things – is central to ESA's existence. The Agency spends around 8% of its budget on direct research and development, an activity mandated in the ESA Convention. It runs many preparatory programmes to do this, covering various different inventions, each leading activities based on their technical maturity or their field.

  • TDE The Technology Development Element is responsible for early development stages across all service and technology domains, taking cutting-edge ideas and testing their suitability for space applications.
  • GSTP The General Support Technology Programme is an optional programme that takes previously proven innovations through to succeeding stages of engineering, finally evolving fully-tested hardware ready for adoption by future missions.

Our Responsibility

To make sure that the right technology will be available at the right maturity at the right time for future missions

Shaping the Future

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Hera at Didymos
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Touring Asteroids with Electric Sails

29/10/2020 11 views 0 likes
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New microcontroller device and development board available

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Innovative flat design for loop heat pipe

16/10/2020 16 views 0 likes
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New image stabilization could improve exposure times for lo…

23/10/2020 24 views 0 likes
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Lattices of carbon fibre reinforced plastic

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Further developments of electrospray colloid electric propu…

30/09/2020 66 views 0 likes
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A new type of power cell for space

25/09/2020 38 views 1 likes
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Hardware shown to be possible alternative for in-flight nav…

21/09/2020 40 views 2 likes
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Deformable mirror with the newly developed isostatic mounting and a soft PZT ceramic (700 µm)
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Bending mirrors pave way for giant telescopes

18/09/2020 266 views 5 likes
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Trapping light with laser-carved structures

28/08/2020 135 views 3 likes
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Removing viruses from astronaut's drinking water

25/08/2020 68 views 1 likes
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New hypervisor system for use on future missions

15/08/2020 51 views 0 likes
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New cryogenic heat switch suitable for operational missions

30/10/2020 5 views 0 likes
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Radiation survey of COTs components for JUICE mission

12/08/2020 54 views 2 likes
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Building blankets for satellites

10/08/2020 45 views 1 likes
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    M-Argo nanosatellite

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    MetOp Second Generation (MOS) STM model

    01/10/2019 236 views 1 likes
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    Router FPGA mounted in a laboratory equipment

    10/10/2005 249 views 0 likes
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    BRAVE FPGAs
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    GSTP Annual Report 2018

    07/11/2019 1505 views 33 likes
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