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We are now facing an unprecedented market situation with a wealth of opportunities but which is not without major risks for European industry and market players.
During ESA’s upcoming Ministerial Council (Space19+) meeting in Seville, Spain, Member States will subscribe funding for ESA’s programmes over a period of three years. ESA’s proposal is structured on four programmatic pillars: Science and Exploration, Safety and Security, Applications and Enabling and Support. All ESA activities fall under one or more pillars.
The vast majority of activities are implemented with a private partner. This implies co-funding from the respective partners as well as ESA, and therefore a sharing of risks.
ESA’s ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) programme is unique in Europe and aims to support the competitiveness of European and Canadian industry on the world market.
The programme has been very successful and several independent studies have demonstrated its socio-economic benefits, including a 15-fold direct financial return on the public funds invested in Partnership Projects.
The ARTES 4.0 proposal to Space19+ is based on a new programmatic framework, conceived to allow more flexibility and added value to ESA Member States collectively as well as more efficiency to industry. It maintains the DNA of the ARTES programme based on partnerships and support to the world competitiveness of European and Canadian industry, and is more flexible to adapt to the new marketplace.
The proposal introduces three Strategic Programme Lines which will gather activities and projects aimed at a common strategic goal:
These complement the three current Generic Programme Lines, Core Competitiveness (CC) Partnership Projects (PP) and Business Applications and Space Solutions (BASS) which continue to offer support for the competitiveness of industry in the most efficient manner. They will allow ESA to address new technology and product/service developments, as well as large scale Partnership Projects federating European industry and de-risking partner investments to respond to market needs. They ensure that the programme is equipped to support all companies in upstream or downstream markets, whether they are start-ups, SMEs or large companies.
ESA will contribute with its technical expertise, business experience, and access to its networks and branding.
We would like to highlight the following programme elements: