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
Galileo constellation
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Optical inter-satellite links are best tech for Galileo

12/07/2019 73 views 2 likes
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A new wearable muscle monitoring system has been designed
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Fitness tights help improve astronaut training regime

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Space Detectors
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New design promises faster and better X-Ray detection

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Cryogenic tests of new materials now possible

03/07/2019 65 views 2 likes
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New technology makes wind turbine blades environmentally fr…

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Merle Maigre on cyber-safety/-security for the Digital Technologies Working Days
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Concrete ideas rise out of Digital Working Days

24/06/2019 210 views 2 likes
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Passive re-entry capsule design shown to be best

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A projectile and deployer system to deorbit debris objects
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Harpoon characterisation, breadboarding and testing for Act…

20/06/2019 48 views 0 likes
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Digital Receiver for Radiometer

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Plastic coatings for propulsion tanks are feasible

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Venus
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Weather balloons for Venus

07/06/2019 72 views 1 likes
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New advanced manufacturing technique makes antenna 50% ligh…

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Artist's impression of JUICE
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New radiation testing for missions

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Setting the agenda: Autonomous software makes planning easy

27/05/2019 88 views 1 likes
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New type of robotic arm and joints lighter than ever

24/05/2019 63 views 1 likes
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Design for first nanosat to rendezvous with asteroid begins

23/05/2019 492 views 4 likes
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T6 ion thruster firing
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Low-erosion development could lead to longer-lived thrusters

16/05/2019 57 views 2 likes
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Collecting ideas at the ESA Grand Challenge
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New call for AI, Cybersecurity and Digital Engineering ideas

07/05/2019 773 views 3 likes
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e.Deorbit’s robotic arm
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Frictionless pivot to help de-orbiting satellites

30/04/2019 65 views 1 likes
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RAT rover by night
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Autonomous software makes planning easy

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Frame structure capable of damping random vibrations
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Additive manufacturing for damping vibrations

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Can measure contamination in real time
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Particle fallout sensor can measure contamination in real t…

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Flexible elements produced by Additive Manufacturing
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Space hinges

29/03/2019 125 views 1 likes
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Working Days to discuss the main innovations our technology programmes
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Digital Technologies Working Days

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GSTP activity breakthrough in miniaturised HTCC packaging
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Ceramic sealing breakthrough for electronics packages

18/03/2019 129 views 2 likes
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GomX-4 pair
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Apply for payload space on GOMX-5

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Explosions of satellites & rocket bodies
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Non-exploding batteries

28/02/2019 159 views 1 likes
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Next Generation Solar Cells with an End of Life Efficiency …

22/02/2019 225 views 1 likes
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New welding technique outperforms old baseline

12/02/2019 98 views 1 likes
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The MyotonPRO device measures muscle tension
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Measuring muscles in microgravity

24/01/2019 316 views 2 likes
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Waste not want not

15/01/2019 79 views 2 likes
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Laser from Optical Ground Station on Tenerife
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New receiver means safer data encryption

09/01/2019 95 views 0 likes
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Testing unusually-shaped parachutes

21/12/2018 265 views 5 likes
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Under Pressure – New Materials Need New Tests

17/12/2018 130 views 1 likes
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From geckos to space: Inspiration for new docking mechanism…

13/12/2018 163 views 1 likes
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Miniature Swiss clock to make telling time in space easier

12/12/2018 136 views 1 likes
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Climate: Earth and beyond

10/12/2018 112 views 1 likes
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GSTP 25
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GSTP celebrates 25 years of time and space

22/10/2018 512 views 8 likes
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A word from the Director - GSTP turns 25

12/10/2018 162 views 2 likes
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Speakers' Guidelines

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In-Orbit Manufacturing of Very Long Booms

31/07/2018 378 views 1 likes
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Processor for mobile payloads
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On-Board Processor for Dual Polarization Mobile Payloads

02/07/2018 196 views 0 likes
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Wafer of the developed SiC JBS diode
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Prototyping and Characterization of 1200 V SiC Schottky Dio…

26/06/2018 285 views 1 likes
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Planet and Asteroid Natural Scene Generation Utility (PANGU…

20/04/2018 787 views 13 likes
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Image Recognition and Processing for Navigation (IRPN)

18/04/2018 471 views 1 likes
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Germanium wafers before and after cell manufacturing for different applications
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Pegasus II – Performance Guaranteed Substrates for 6” Wafers

23/03/2018 185 views 0 likes
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ADVISE - Assessed Techniques for Satellite Navigation
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Advanced Signal-In-Space Techniques (ADVISE)

21/03/2018 270 views 0 likes
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Global Monitoring System Brief Telemetry Monitoring Screen
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Global Monitoring and Management System

01/03/2018 564 views 2 likes
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GPS/Galileo Miniaturised Multi-Frequency Space Receiver Eng…

23/02/2018 392 views 3 likes
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High-Voltage High-Power Solar Array For Exploration Missions

23/02/2018 383 views 1 likes
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