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The Discovery and Preparation Programme supports a variety of interdisciplinary studies that explore different topics useful for the future of ESA.
For more information on the studies, click on one of the links below.

                       
Title (click for more information)Start DateNominal Duration (months)Prime Contractor
M5 -THESEUS Phase A system studyJul-201924.0TAS-IT
M5 - EnVision Phase A system studyJul-201924.0Thales Alenia Space
EE10 PHASE 0/A SYSTEM STUDIES OF DAEDALUSJul-201914.0 Airbus Defence and Space SAS
Low Power GPU solutions for high performance on-board data processingMar-201810.0BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER
Design of space hardware using a CDF like methodologyNov-201812.0OHB
Active Optics in deployable systems for future EO and Science missionsAug-201812.0
3D Printing of Living Tissues for Space ExplorationMar-201818.0OHB
L3 Mission concepts LISA Phase-A System Study for a Gravitational Wave ObservatoryMay-201824.0Thales Alenia Space
L3 Mission concepts LISA Phase-A System Study for a Gravitational Wave ObservatoryMay-201824.0Airbus Defence and Space
Investigating spectroscopy and forward model improvements for atmospheric retrieval of methane in the thermal infraredOct-201818.0
Maritime Adaptive GNSS Safety concept (MAGS)May-201818.0DLR
ARCTIC MISSION SYSTEM STUDY Jun-20189.0Thales Alenia Space
Ex-ante socio-economic impact assessment of the European Space Agency’s Clean Space initiativeApr-201812.0SpaceTech Partners
Phase A for the FORUM mission (EE9) - study 1Jun-201814.0Airbus defence and Space
Phase A for the FORUM mission (EE9) - study 2May-201814.0Thales Alenia Space
SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF ESA’S TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMMESFeb-201815.0Technopolis
EXPERT: MSR ORBITER - PHASE A/B1Jun-201818.0Thales
EXPERT: MSR ORBITER - PHASE A/B1 May-201818.0Airbus DS
EXPERT: MSR SAMPLE FETCH ROVER PHASE A/B1 STUDYJun-201821.0Airbus DS
PHASE A FOR THE SKIM MISSION (EE9) - study 1Jun-201814.0Airbus Defence Space SAU
PHASE A FOR THE SKIM MISSION (EE9) - study 2May-201814.0OHB Systems AG
Innovative fractionated satellite solution for an efficient VVHTS Feeder link (MATRIX)Jul-20189.0Thales Alenia Space
Preliminary Design of a European Secure Satcom Pooling & Sharing System for global markets GOVSATCOMMJul-20189.0SATCONSULT
Preliminary Design of a European Secure Satcom Pooling & Sharing System for global markets GOVSATCOMMJul-20189.0 SCISYS Deutschland
LunarcommsNov-20189.0Airbus
LunarcommsDec-20189.0SSTL
SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF ACCESS TO SPACE IN EUROPE: ARIANE 6 AND VEGA-CSep-201812.0Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Using GNSS and Big Data Techniques to improve safety in critical maritime operationsAug-201718.0SATE
Next advances in the synergistic use of high-resolution numerical atmosphere models with spaceborne systemsSep-201718.0CIMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION
New Reliability Prediction Methodology aimed at Space ApplicationsJun-201724.0MATRISK GMBH
Lunar spectral irradiance measurement and modelling for absolute calibration of EO optical sensorsSep-201718.0National Physical Laboratory - NPL Management Limited

           
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Last update: 16 July 2019

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