Space for
16-17 September 2020 ESA Virtual Event

ESA Teams

Meet various ESA teams at the ISD2020 and schedule B2B meetings with them.

The list below is non-exhaustive. Register for the ISD, visit the ISD catalogue and search for “ESA” to see all Agency participants.

Public-Private Partnerships for Space Exploration

ESA offers public private partnership opportunities for the European private sector to engage as ESA’s strategic partner for space exploration activities. The Agency supports innovative business cases that deliver new commercial services, technologies, and products in the frame of ESA’s European Exploration Envelope Programme (E3P). Opportunities include, for example, market-driven utilisation of the International Space Station (ISS) and exploration of the Moon (incl. payload transportation services, developing lunar lander technologies, human habitation and using local resources).

How to Partner with ESA:

We offer:

  • ISS Flight Opportunities
  • Commercial ISS Research in Microgravity (life & physical sciences, pharma, medical and biotech research)
  • Support for Business Opportunities in LEO and Moon
  • Downstream Benefits

We need:

  • European industrial capabilities
  • Private sector interest and investment in space exploration
  • New non-space users of ESA LEO infrastructures (e.g. ISS)

Technology Transfer and Patent Office

The Technology Transfer and Patent Office (TTPO) actively explores novel business opportunities by identifying and supporting terrestrial applications for space technology. The team provide funding and technical support for ESA’s technology transfer activities. These aim to de-risk space-origin technology for potential application in terrestrial markets.

Furthermore, the TTPO manages and provides access to ESA’s Patent Portfolio for industrial exploitation. ESA-owned patents are available on a free-license basis for space applications for ESA Member State industry. For all other cases, ESA patents may be subject to license fees.

During the ISD the team will connect with and forge links between space and all other industrial entities. Meet the TTPO team and discuss your interest in commercialising your capabilities and technologies beyond the space sector.

We offer:

  • Promotion of Space Technology
  • Patents
  • Licenses
  • Funding
  • De-Risking of Space Technology
  • Terrestrial Application
  • Commercialisation of Space Technology
  • Technical Support
  • Business Opportunities
  • Technology Development
  • Space Technology Solutions

We need:

  • Contacts to Space Industry
  • Your Technology Needs and Thresholds
  • Market Potential
  • Technology Potential
  • Ongoing Space R&D
  • Running ESA Contracts
  • Technical Challenges

ESA Space Solutions

ESA Space Solutions is the go-to-place for great business ideas involving space in all areas of society and economy. The Space Solutions team supports entrepreneurs in Europe in the development of business using satellite applications and space technology to improve everyday life.  The programme is designed to provide multiple entry points such as ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs), the ESA Technology Broker Network, and the ESA Business Applications programme. Funding typically ranges from 50K Euro to 2M Euro and supports everything from space technology transfer, early stage incubation programmes, feasibility studies to large-scale demonstration projects. Visit for more information.

The Space Solutions team is available for B2B meetings during the ISD and is happy to answer any question you might have.

ESA – HRE – Exploration Preparation, Research and Technology (ExPeRT)

The Exploration Preparation, Research and Technology (ExPeRT) team plans and implements preparatory system studies and technology development activities for all ESA exploration destinations, including LEO, Cis-lunar, Moon, Mars. Studies supported within ExPeRT present an excellent entry point for SMEs.

Meet the team during the ISD and schedule a B2B meeting to find out more.

ESA – TEC-PI Infrastructure Management Section

Contact the ESA – ESTEC laboratories coordinator if you require any information about the TEC laboratories and how to use them.

The team will also give a presentation about the TEC lab capabilities and simplified access for industrial entities to the laboratories during the ISD.

ESA – Country Desk Officers (Industrial Policy)

The IPL Country Desk Officers are the main points of contact for industrial matters within ESA’s Industrial Policy and SME Division.

They are responsible for supporting industry to identify and leverage ESA opportunities and to address specific industrial policy matters.

Get to know your country’s Industrial Policy Country Desk Officer during the Industry Space Days and schedule a B2B meeting.

ESA – InCubed programme

Find out more about ESA’s InCubed programme (Investing in Industrial innovation) during the ISD2020. InCubed is ESA’s co-funding programme to support commercial EO innovation.

ESA – Technology and product development for satcom applications (ARTES CC)

Interested in technology and product development for satcom applications (ARTES CC)? Meet the team during the ISD2020.

ESA – Space Transportation – Boost! programme

Find out more about ESA’s Boost! programme and meet its programme manager during the ISD. Boost! is the Agency’s Commercial Space Transportation Services and Support programme.