Generic Space Technologies
In the mid- and long-term the competitiveness of the space sector and its ability to serve the Union's internal and external policies, including the Space Strategy for Europe and the Common Security and Defense Policy, depends on the continuous incorporation of advanced basic technologies of common interest to all applications, including cross-cutting technologies such as power management, thermal control, materials and structures.
Advancements in these technology domains are necessary to enable new spacecraft or mission concepts with higher performances, higher power demand, lower mass and cost, such as higher data throughput systems and mega-constellations.
The challenge is to spin-in from other fields, space technologies in the domain of power management, thermal control, materials, structures and processes. Incremental or potentially disruptive advancements can be both targeted.
The H2020 Space work program deals with a number of space technology themes:
- Critical Technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness
- Space robotics technologies
- In-space electrical propulsion
- Space Weather
- Advanced research in Near-Earth Objects (NEOs)