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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Twin rovers could lead search for life supporting elements

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GSTP funded OPS-SAT launch a success

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Building bendable solar cells

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Propelling de-orbit missions forward

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A robot car solved a maze using spike neural networks

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Can you halve the number of lenses needed on a mission?

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Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) system for a penetrator mis…

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State-of-the-art micro-bolometer 17μm pixel-pitch

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Graphene-based systems for enhanced energy storage

12/11/2019 158 views 7 likes
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Green alternative found for polyurethane as a launcher mate…

11/11/2019 87 views 1 likes
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Electrically Conductive Black Primer

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    GSTP Annual Report 2018

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