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
Complexity Science
Earth System Sciences
Energy Systems
Fundamental Physics
Habitats
Informatics
Mission Analysis
Nanophotonics
Propulsion
Large-scale Deterministic Debris Simulation (LADDS)
Informatics

Large-scale Deterministic Debris Simulation (LADDS)

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Geodesy of irregular small bodies via neural density fields: geodesyNets
Artificial Intelligence

Geodesy of irregular small bodies via neural density fields: geodesyNets

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Mitochondrial processes within cells sourced from hibernators and non-hibernators in altered gravity
Bio-Engineering

Mitochondrial processes within cells sourced from hibernators and non-hibernators in altered gravity

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Social psychology of past polar exploration
Complexity Science

Social psychology of past polar exploration

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Inverse design of nanostructured optical solar reflectors
Multidisciplinary

Inverse design of nanostructured optical solar reflectors

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Spiking Neural Networks for onboard Artificial Intelligence
Multidisciplinary

Spiking Neural Networks for onboard Artificial Intelligence

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Quantum information processing
Multidisciplinary

Quantum information processing

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Vision-based Neural Scene Representations for Spacecraft
Artificial Intelligence

Vision-based Neural Scene Representations for Spacecraft

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Electroluminescent cooling using light-emitting diodes
Energy Systems

Electroluminescent cooling using light-emitting diodes

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Semi-supervised learning for scene classification
Multidisciplinary

Semi-supervised learning for scene classification

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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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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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Robotic manufacturing of fibrous structures in space
Habitats

Robotic manufacturing of fibrous structures in space

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