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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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Model for long term orbit prediction

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GRALS Testbed
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New test bed improves GNC verifications

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Magnetic Wobbling Gear

28/05/2020 12 views 1 likes
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HyperScout view of Netherlands
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Milk-carton-sized HyperScout making hyperspectral Earth vie…

20/05/2020 2301 views 31 likes
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SpaceWire community welcome upgrade to signaling technology

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Making ever bigger telescopes

08/05/2020 17 views 1 likes
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Laser-powered clocks for space

19/05/2020 31 views 1 likes
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Evolutions of Earth Observation instruments

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Needle crown development for nano thrusters

28/04/2020 80 views 2 likes
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Growing solar cells on nothing

20/03/2020 88 views 2 likes
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Stepping Closer to Integrated Functional Structures

24/04/2020 202 views 3 likes
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TDE Highlights Brochure 2019

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ExoTeR rover
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SARGON - The Space Automation & Robotics General cONtroller

17/04/2020 62 views 1 likes
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GSTP Building Block Activity Boosts European Avionics Indep…

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Cubesat
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New Cubesat Mission for Inspection Developed

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    Router FPGA mounted in a laboratory equipment

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    BRAVE FPGAs
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    GSTP Annual Report 2018

    07/11/2019 1078 views 27 likes
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