The Technology Directorate at ESA owns a number of laboratories covering a wide range of expertise.
The laboratories not only provide specific support to ESA programmes by developing new experimental tools and analysis techniques, but also contribute to a larger ESA goal: the diffusion of space technology and knowledge into the wider economy.
The Directorate’s primary goal is to ensure enabling technologies are available at the very point when new ESA and European missions need them – one definition of innovation being ‘the right technology at the right time’.
Technology is also a key element of competitiveness that underpins the European space industry’s continued viability – considering that approaching 50% of its turnover comes from commercial global markets. Novel technologies open up fresh markets and enable innovative applications.
Whenever ESA needs to run a test for a specific technology, our project teams are ready to support with technical and scientific expertise.
The same kind of service is also available to industry, universities, research institutes and national agencies from ESA Member States.
“To unlock the potential of European space and non-space industry”
Startups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), mid-tier-size companies (Mid-tiers) and large system integrators (LSIs)
Research institutes, universities and academic organisations
including international organisations, national space agencies, etc.
The fusion of the world-class technical competence of TEC experts with an advanced technical infrastructure environment
The central position of the Agency in coordinating, leading and harmonizing space policy in Europe
A large number of aerospace engineering disciplines are represented
The synergy of the laboratories
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