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
Venus
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Weather balloons for Venus

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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 89 views 1 likes
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New type of robotic arm and joints lighter than ever

24/05/2019 66 views 1 likes
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Design for first nanosat to rendezvous with asteroid begins

23/05/2019 495 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 58 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 797 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 66 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

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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 131 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 160 views 1 likes
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Next Generation Solar Cells with an End of Life Efficiency …

22/02/2019 227 views 1 likes
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New welding technique outperforms old baseline

12/02/2019 99 views 1 likes
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The MyotonPRO device measures muscle tension
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Measuring muscles in microgravity

24/01/2019 317 views 2 likes
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Waste not want not

15/01/2019 81 views 2 likes
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Laser from Optical Ground Station on Tenerife
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New receiver means safer data encryption

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Testing unusually-shaped parachutes

21/12/2018 266 views 5 likes
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Under Pressure – New Materials Need New Tests

17/12/2018 132 views 1 likes
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From geckos to space: Inspiration for new docking mechanism…

13/12/2018 167 views 1 likes
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Miniature Swiss clock to make telling time in space easier

12/12/2018 139 views 1 likes
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Climate: Earth and beyond

10/12/2018 113 views 1 likes
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GSTP 25
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GSTP celebrates 25 years of time and space

22/10/2018 514 views 8 likes
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A word from the Director - GSTP turns 25

12/10/2018 165 views 2 likes
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Speakers' Guidelines

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In-Orbit Manufacturing of Very Long Booms

31/07/2018 382 views 1 likes
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Processor for mobile payloads
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On-Board Processor for Dual Polarization Mobile Payloads

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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 286 views 1 likes
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Planet and Asteroid Natural Scene Generation Utility (PANGU…

20/04/2018 795 views 13 likes
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Image Recognition and Processing for Navigation (IRPN)

18/04/2018 478 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 187 views 0 likes
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ADVISE - Assessed Techniques for Satellite Navigation
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Advanced Signal-In-Space Techniques (ADVISE)

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Global Monitoring System Brief Telemetry Monitoring Screen
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Global Monitoring and Management System

01/03/2018 572 views 2 likes
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GPS/Galileo Miniaturised Multi-Frequency Space Receiver Eng…

23/02/2018 393 views 3 likes
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High-Voltage High-Power Solar Array For Exploration Missions

23/02/2018 385 views 1 likes
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Self-Compensating Hall Effect Current Sensors

19/02/2018 509 views 1 likes
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12 meter Class Segmented Optical Communications Antenna

13/02/2018 303 views 1 likes
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Ka Band 100W Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA)

08/02/2018 1352 views 1 likes
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Sloshing of LN2: high-speed acquired picture of the free surface position
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Prediction Methods For Propellant Management Devices

26/01/2018 204 views 0 likes
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High Speed Infrared Imaging System

16/01/2018 286 views 3 likes
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SABIP Payload consisting of antenna and receiver (courtesy of TAS-D)
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Space-based ADS-B Payload Development for Air Traffic Surve…

11/01/2018 983 views 7 likes
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New Generation Short Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) Immersed Grating…

10/01/2018 332 views 0 likes
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Single GaN chip HPA/LNA for Radar Applications

17/08/2017 1760 views 5 likes
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High Specific Energy Lithium Sulfur cell for Space applicat…

08/08/2017 764 views 3 likes
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Optical Reference Cavities for Space Deployment (ORCS)

28/07/2017 502 views 1 likes
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