PRODEX - The First 10 Years
Publication date: 15 August 1997
Authors: H. Olthof, et al.
Journal: ESA Bulletin
Copyright: ESAIn June 1986 the ESA Council adopted a resolution for the creation of the optional programme called Prodex (PROgramme de Développement d'EXperiences scientifiques). The concept for this programme was originated by the well known Swiss scientist Prof. Johannes Geiss, and the Head of the Swiss Delegation to Council, Dr. Peter Creola. The stimulus was based on the fact that within Switzerland, which did not have a national space agency, only very limited funding and no long-term commitment could be secured from the Swiss National Science Foundation for the development of space hardware. It was therefore conceived that an ESA experiment development programme, to which Switzerland could contribute, would have a twofold benefit. Firstly this type of programme would enable Swiss scientists to develop ESA-selected experiments, and secondly it would trigger other funding sources, thereby increasing the opportunities for participation in ESA scientific missions.