Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

There are emerging opportunities in space transportation that are not yet seized by European actors characterised by new uses of space (e.g. small satellites, larger constellations and payload recovery) new destinations (e.g. direct GEO, re-entry from LEO)

-“Low thrust” green and low cost propellant functional propulsion systems and vehicle system aspects of existing propulsion systems
-Green engine, attitude control systems (RACS), thruster, ignition, fluid control equipment, propellant tank
-Actuation systems and pyrotechnic systems, light weight structure concepts for micro launchers and re-entry vehicles
-Smart and flexible dispenser for multi-satellites, constellations, and payloads launch solutions
-Advanced avionics, attitude orbital module and re-entry module, descent and landing
-GNC, autonomous localization and termination, modern TM/TC data handling, low-cost and modular avionics, automated rendezvous, capturing and spacecraft management technologies, avionics and test bed

-Contribute to EU Green Deal through the reduction of the environmental impact of space transportation
-Contribute to expand commercial space transportation offer and services with new space transportation solutions
-Design and performance studies as well as business cases
-Matured technologies up to TRL5-6 including functional and qualification test on ground

Digital, Industry and Space
Innovation Action

Governmentally authorised user communities have identified use-cases for the Galileo PRS services. The development of test activities for these services are then of utmost relevance in ensuring that the Galileo PRS services are secure and reliable.

-Validation and verification PRS Service (support to the Galileo Programme)
-Testing of PRS Service and PRS items (PRS Participants actions)
-Preparation of the awareness activities and uptake to the authorised users

-Supporting Programme activities related to the validation of the PRS service
-Supporting the defined activities related to testing, validation and introduction by PRS Participants
-Building on top of previous Joint Test Activities
-Fostering cooperation among EU PRS Participants

Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

The final objective of this call is to prepare the next phases of the implementation of a Quantum Space Gravimetry pathfinder mission. To achieve this objective, one proposal for a phase B study, as specified in ECSS‐M‐ST‐10C, leading to a preliminary definition of a quantum space gravimetry pathfinder mission, will be selected.

-Covering both quantum space gravimetry payload and satellite platforms
-Implementation of measures that will enhance technological readiness of the critical components leading to TRL 6/7 at the end of the project

-Support the EU space policy and the green deal by providing the detailed definition of a quantum space gravimetry pathfinder mission
-Ensure EU sovereignty and non-dependence for the development of capacities leading to the availability of quantum space gravimetry
-Enhance the TRL of the critical components necessary to build quantum gravimetry for space

Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

Cooperation with international partners, either public or private, is key to promoting the uptake of satellite navigation, position and timing, to enable non-EU countries to benefit from the advanced and unique features offered by EGNOS and Galileo, as well as allows promoting the uptake of Copernicus globally and build open data policy

– Focus on technical developments of EU-space based applications/solutions, dissemination, awareness-raising, as well as provide opportunities for the creation of business-oriented partnerships of European industry with international partners

– The use of EGNSS and sharing of expertise with public and/or private entities to introduce EU-space based applications/solutions leveraging their innovative, unique features, in particular Galileo differentiators and EU know-how
– The use of Copernicus data, to jointly develop algorithms, services and/or products, which serve local user needs and/or enhance the Copernicus global product quality
– The combined use of EGNSS and Copernicus to develop innovative downstream applications combining positing navigation and timing with Earth observation services

Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

The topic “SST Networking, Security & Data sharing” aims to support the upgrade, development and security issues of EUSST infrastructure based on the European network of assets (sensors, operation centres, front desk …)

(to be developed)

-SST networking of sensors & operation centres (EU SST network Command & Control)
-Research on EUSST network hardening against external threats

Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

Photonics – the technology of light – underpins daily life from smartphones to the internet and medical instruments to laser technology. It is an essential building block for the digital transformation of industry and society and for a green and healthy future in Europe.

R&D activities fostering:
-Light-based solutions to let the communication network sense while transporting data
-Light-based solutions to bring internet everywhere, with the most relevant access technologies

-Sensors/probes to monitor the quality of the communication network and of photonic signals transported in the communication network
-Methods to use the network as large-scale distributed sensor
-Development of foundational optical technologies, systems and networks that provide the future access infrastructure

Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

Research and innovation to mature critical space technologies that currently have dependency issues for use in the EU space programme components and discussed within the frame of the European Commission-ESA-EDA Joint Task Force (JTF).

-High speed DAC-ADC based on European Technology
-High data rate (12.5 to 28 Gbps or higher 56 Gbps), low consumption, short range links
-Enhanced performance and space qualified detectors
-Mid-power range electric propulsion thruster technology

-Reducing the dependence on critical technologies and capabilities from outside EU for the EU space programme components (i.e. Galileo/EGNOS, Copernicus, Govsatcom and SSA) and other space applications
-Developing or regaining in the mid-term the European capacity to operate independently in space
-Enhancing the technical capabilities and overall competitiveness of European space industry vendors on the worldwide market;
-Opening new competition opportunities for European manufacturers by reducing dependency on export restricted technologies that are of strategic importance to future European space efforts
-Improving the overall European space technology landscape and complement and/or create synergy with activities of European and national programmes either in the space or non-space fields.

Digital, Industry and Space
Research & Innovation Action

The final objective of this call is the selection of a Quantum Space Gravimetry pathfinder mission. To achieve this objective, two phase-A proposals for a feasibility study, as specified in ECSS‐M‐ST‐10C, will be selected.

-System and Operations concept of the Pathfinder mission leading to a technical solution deployable before the end of the decade
-Analysis of the critical technologies and components necessary to deploy this mission

-Support the EU space policy and the green deal by assessing the feasibility of a quantum space gravimetry pathfinder mission
-Propose a mission, system and operation concept for the Quantum Space Gravimetry pathfinder mission
-Establish the list of critical components for a Quantum Space Gravimetry mission

Climate, Energy and Mobility
Innovation Action

The action focuses on the development of close to market EGNSS transport applications and mobility services through the realisation of large-scale demonstration and implementation projects, indicating the necessary scale-up needs to wide adoption in Europe and worldwide and associated standards and certification

Proposals may be submitted in any of the transport areas or propose a multi-mode approach.

– Aviation: EGNSS solutions for modernising and improving air operations and traffic management technologies, addressing Communication, Positioning, Navigation and Timing, as well as Surveillance, targeting new navigation operations powered by EGNSS, critical airport and future drone-port infrastructure management, polar routes surveillance against space weather events and facilitating integration of drones in the airspace

– Maritime: EGNSS solutions that reduce emissions in shipping and increase efficiency of operations, safety, and resilience, polar routes surveillance against space weather events and drive the modernization of the sector

– Rail: EGNSS for cheaper, smarter, higher performance, safer and emission-efficient solutions

– Road: EGNSS solutions for regulated markets that reduce traffic, optimise fuel consumption, lower emissions, and foster cheaper, smarter, safer and greener transportation, including smart public transportation

– Development of EGNSS based accuracy, safety-and liability-critical applications in long lead time market segments such as aviation, maritime, rail, road transportation and multi modal domains

– EGNSS response to the increasing mobility demands and emerging transport solutions

– Fostering the EGNSS market uptake in transport

Climate, Energy and Mobility
€2 Million
Research & Innovation Action

New production and distribution trends as well as emerging digital technologies have introduced new kinds of challenges to the supply chain. Together with resilient and smart infrastructures, new concepts, innovative solutions and better cooperation of operators are needed for freight transport to minimize the negative impacts of disruptions, shorten the recovery and ease the transition time, while taking in due account emissions and energy consumption reductions as feasible.

– Evaluate the resilience of strategic logistics networks and their related data and IT systems and propose management systems and operations
– Develop and demonstrate how synchro-modal approaches provide resilience and sustainability by design to the freight transport and logistics
– Develop business intelligence capabilities
– Define cost-efficient and green new business models

– An adaptive multimodal European freight transport and logistics network
– Better operational interconnectivity on all levels
– New cost-efficient business models and services