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Technology Harmonisation

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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, industry and other key stakeholders.

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.

Harmonisation produces joint roadmaps aimed at optimising public funding and guiding developments to ensure the right technology attains the right maturity at the right time

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.

How the Harmonisation process works

The European Space Technology Master Plan (ESTMP)

Updated annually by ESA together with key stakeholders and since 2017 jointly published with the European Commission, 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.

A special brochure edition of the ESTMP was published just before the Space19+, which was held on 27-28 November 2019 and has been the decision point for the 22 ESA Member States to decide on ESA’s vision for the future of Europe in space, and an opportunity to direct Europe’s ‘next generation’ ambitions in space. Technology will be the engine of this vision and the ESTMP constitutes a good atlas of what is being envisaged.

The ESTMP Space19+ brochure edition is publicly accessible and can be found here

The ESTMP 2020 is under preparation and should be published and distributed end 2020. 

Any question related to the ESTMP can be sent by email to

ESTMP 2019 Space 19+ brochure edition
ESTMP 2019 Space 19+ brochure edition

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 (send an e-mail to 

All participants to the Harmonisation process can request an access to the Harmonisation Document Management System (HDMS/DCCM: by sending an e-mail to (providing business affiliation and position in the company).



2020 Topics ---> process on-going
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
AOCS Sensors and Actuators Critical Active RF Technologies
On-Board Software Pyrotechnic Devices
Functional Verification and Missions Operations Systems Solar Array Drive Mechanisms
Micro-Nano Technologies - MEMS Electromagnetic Compatibility
Model Based for System Engineering TT&C Transponders and Payload Data Transmitters


2020 Meeting dates
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
14-16 January 2020 Mapping Meeting 15-17 September 2020 Mapping Meeting
19-20 May 2020 Roadmap Meeting 1-3 December 2020 Roadmap Meeting


2021 Topics  
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
Technologies for Hold Down and Release Mechanisms and Deployment Mechanisms Additive Manufacturing
Solar Generators and Solar Cells Actuators Building Blocks for Mechanisms
On-Board Computers, Data Handling Systems and Microelectronics Power RF Measurements & Modelling
Avionics Embedded Systems Ground Station Technology
Cubesat Propulsion Radiation Environments & Effects


2021 Meeting dates
Cycle 1 Cycle 2
19-21 January 2021 Mapping Meeting 8-10 June 2021 Mapping Meeting
18-20 May 2021 Roadmap Meeting 30 Nov-02 Dec. 2021 Roadmap Meeting

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