The European Space Technology Harmonisation has been developed to achieve better-coordinated research and development (R&D) activities among all actors of the European space sector, establishing a strong technology base as a means of underpinning the worldwide competitiveness of European Industry and to ensuing the success of future space missions.
It involves building an overview of the current European R&D situation and needs, establishing coordinated European Space Technology Roadmaps and preparing a European Space Technology Master Plan, through a process of consultation, coordination, harmonisation and agreement between ESA, its Member States, European Institutions and industry.
The European Space Technology Harmonisation Process
Harmonisation is a voluntary process, based on transparency and exchange of information. The continuous support from all participants, including delegations, industry, universities and research institutes, is key to the success of this European initiative.
The main objectives of the European Space Technology Harmonisation are to:
- Fill strategic gaps and minimise unnecessary duplications
- Consolidate European strategic capabilities
- Achieve a coordinated and committed European space technology policy and planning
- Contribute to continuity and coherence between technology and industrial policies.
The European Space Technology Master Plan (ESTMP)
Updated annually by ESA together with key stakeholders and distributed widely, the ESTMP constitutes a comprehensive overview of technology R&D across Europe, including European harmonised roadmaps. It sets out a European vision of technology for the coming years to support decisions of European stakeholders on space technology development.
The 2019 ESTMP will be a Space19+ special edition, published right before the ESA Ministerials (end October 2019).
The ESTMP can be requested by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to participate?
The harmonisation is an open process for all European stakeholders.
In case of interest in any of the topics to be addressed in the following year, the recommended approach is to contact the national delegate, ideally by November. The delegate will then recommend how to further proceed, e.g. by including the interested party in the national presentation and/or being involved in the Eurospace /SME4Space consultation process. The contact points can be found in the ESTMP.
|Cycle 1||Cycle 2|
|Big Data from Space|
|Composite Materials||Fluid Mechanics and Aerothermodynamic Tools|
|Cryogenics and Focal Plane Cooling||On-Board Radio Navigation Receivers|
|Electrochemical Energy Storage||Technologies for Optical Passive Instruments - Mirrors|
|Power Management and Distribution||Technologies for Optical Passive Instruments – Stable & Lightweight Structures|
|Cycle 1||Cycle 2|
|AOCS Sensors and Actuators||Critical Actie RF Technologies|
|On-Board Software||Pyrotechnic Devices|
|Functional Verification and Missions Operations Systems||Solar Array Drive Mechanism|
|Micro-Nano Technologies - MEMS||Electromagnetic Compatibility|
|System Engineering Digital Infrastructure||TT&C Transponders and Payload Data Transmitters|
|2020 Meeting dates|
|Cycle 1||Cycle 2|
|14-16 January 2020||Mapping Meeting||9-11 June 2020||Mapping Meeting|
|18-20 May 2020||Roadmap Meeting||1-3 December 2020||Roadmap Meeting|
All participants to the Harmonisation process can request an access to the Harmonisation Document Management System (HDMS/DCCM: https://tec-polaris.esa.int/eclipse) by sending an e-mail to email@example.com (providing business affiliation and position in the company).
Last update: 9 October 2019