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Ageing Population
Tender Opening Date: 24 April 2017

This Kick-start Activity is dedicated to ideas for services which address the ageing population as a whole, local authorities, carers, the (national) health and social care system, residential homes, technology and service providers and other relevant stakeholders in this sector.

Space-based Services in Support of CBRNe Operations
Intended Tender

The objective of the feasibility study is to assess the technical and economic viability of deploying services based on Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation data, and/or other space assets to support CBRNe operations (e.g. catering for detection and situational awareness, prediction, early warning and response planning) for the benefit of both institutional and commercial users.

Integrated Applications for Microgrids in Developing Economies
Intended Tender

In collaboration with IESA, ESA supports feasibility studies that identify and explore business opportunities for deploying services based on Satellite Communications, Earth Observation data, and/or other space assets which facilitate the decentralised management of microgrids in India and other developing countries.


Kick-start Activities: new funding opportunity for innovative applications ideas

Kick-start Activity is ESA’s new Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) funding scheme being launched in 2017. It is designed to make it easier for entrepreneurs and start-ups to participate in the IAP programme. Activities will be funded at 75%, with ESA providing up to €60,000 per contract. 

Major contract for medical monitoring device developed with ESA support

A portable device for monitoring vital signs and providing communications for medics that was developed with the support of ESA has been chosen by the UK Ministry of Defence for use in the remote and challenging locations in which it operates.

An electronic record keeping system for commercial fishermen

A new satellite-enabled information management system for commercial fishermen, developed the support of ESA, is currently being used by some seventy Irish fishing vessels.

No obstacles for airports using satellites

Thanks to ESA, airports can now use satellites to identify and manage obstacles that could pose a risk to flight safety. 


A new rail line in Australia uses GNSS positioning for signalling, introducing the concept of virtual balises for ERTMS Level 2 solutions. It has obtained SIL4 certification, the stringent safety integrity level which is required by train control systems. 


2017 UK Space Conference
30 May to 1 June 2017, Manchester (UK)

UPDATE: Call for abstracts now open!
Held every two years, the UK Space Conference is an important forum for the UK and international space community, particularly for organisations eager to expand into this growing sector. The Small Business Hub will be a key feature of this year’s exhibition. Organisations that employ fewer than 10 people are encouraged to take advantage of this special exhibitor rate and secure one of the few remaining spaces.