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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In-Orbit Manufacturing of Very Long Booms

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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…

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Planet and Asteroid Natural Scene Generation Utility (PANGU…

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Image Recognition and Processing for Navigation (IRPN)

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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

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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

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GPS/Galileo Miniaturised Multi-Frequency Space Receiver Eng…

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High-Voltage High-Power Solar Array For Exploration Missions

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Self-Compensating Hall Effect Current Sensors

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12 meter Class Segmented Optical Communications Antenna

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Ka Band 100W Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA)

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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

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High Speed Infrared Imaging System

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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…

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New Generation Short Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) Immersed Grating…

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Single GaN chip HPA/LNA for Radar Applications

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High Specific Energy Lithium Sulfur cell for Space applicat…

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Optical Reference Cavities for Space Deployment (ORCS)

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European Schottky Technology - Phase 1B

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Semantic Modelling and Semantic Interoperability - FAMOUS-2

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Automatic behavior detection and interpretation from low le…

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Multi-Disciplinary Assessment of Design for DEMISE Techniqu…

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Interoperability for Space Environment Analysis Tools

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ASTOS Market-Oriented Activities

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Flow-Structure coupling for hypersonic flows Regime – Part 3

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Enhancement of VKI Plasmatron Operational Capabilities

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RADID – Rapid Assessment of Design Impact on Debris Generat…

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Satellite Vulnerability Test Bed (SVTB)

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High Density European Rad-Hard SRAM-Based FPGA- First Valid…

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Characterisation of Metallic Materials

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Small Scale Cooler

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Impact of thermo-mechanical loading history on mechanical p…

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Demonstrator of Carbon anisogrid payload adapter

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Zero-Boil Off Propulsion System Feasibility Demonstration

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Competence Domain 8: Ground Data Systems / Mission Operatio…

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Competence Domain 6: Life / Physical Science Payloads / Lif…

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Study on the Technology Demonstration Platform Availability…

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Software Tool Predicting the Distance Measurement Equipment…

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Development of a low thrust bipropellant thruster based on …

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Identification of structural components damping characteris…

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Polymer Tantalum Capacitor (very low ESR)

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Cryogenic Valve Seal

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ANITA2 for the ISS

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Development of a Methane Recovery Unit

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TRP & GSTP Invitations to Tender (ITTs) on EMITS

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Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)

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Investigation of Friction Stir Welding of Aluminium Lithium…

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Friction Stir Welded Low Cost Propellant Tank

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