Advanced Concepts Team

Our mission is to monitor and perform research on advanced space concepts and technologies, preparing ESA for any disruptive change to come.

Our research

Advanced Materials
Artificial Intelligence
Bio-Engineering
Biomimetics
Earth System Sciences
Energy Systems
Fundamental Physics
Habitats
Informatics
Complexity Science
Mission Analysis
Propulsion
Multi-view satellite photogrammetry with Neural Radiance Fields
Multidisciplinary

Multi-view satellite photogrammetry with Neural Radiance Fields

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Accurate and efficient propagation via the Taylor method
Multidisciplinary

Accurate and efficient propagation via the Taylor method

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Autonomous exploration of an exoplanetary system in the context of a robotic interstellar mission
Mission Analysis

Autonomous exploration of an exoplanetary system in the context of a robotic interstellar mission

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Study of the motion of charged particles in planetary magnetospheres using Differential Algebra
Mission Analysis

Study of the motion of charged particles in planetary magnetospheres using Differential Algebra

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Event-based vision in space
Biomimetics

Event-based vision in space

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Uncertainty propagation in approach GN&C using Differential Algebra
Mission Analysis

Uncertainty propagation in approach GN&C using Differential Algebra

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Moon fibres
Habitats

Moon fibres

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Functionally graded materials for space structures
Habitats

Functionally graded materials for space structures

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Light absorption enhancement with bio-inspired nanostructures
Biomimetics

Light absorption enhancement with bio-inspired nanostructures

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Interplanetary Transfers via Deep Representations of the Optimal Policy and/or of the Value Function
Multidisciplinary

Interplanetary Transfers via Deep Representations of the Optimal Policy and/or of the Value Function

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Simulation of aquatic locomotion
Biomimetics

Simulation of aquatic locomotion

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Time-frequency approach to relativistic correlations in quantum field theory
Fundamental Physics

Time-frequency approach to relativistic correlations in quantum field theory

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Basalt fibre reinforced geopolymer
Habitats

Basalt fibre reinforced geopolymer

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G&CNets - On-Board Optimal Control of a Quadcopter
Multidisciplinary

G&CNets - On-Board Optimal Control of a Quadcopter

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Model-based resonance frequency tracking
Advanced Materials

Model-based resonance frequency tracking

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Computation in out-of-equilibrium quantum systems
Multidisciplinary

Computation in out-of-equilibrium quantum systems

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Melanin radiation-protection
Biomimetics

Melanin radiation-protection

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Decoherence and the quantum-to-classical transition for complex systems
Fundamental Physics

Decoherence and the quantum-to-classical transition for complex systems

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Robotic manufacturing of fibrous structures in space
Habitats

Robotic manufacturing of fibrous structures in space

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