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Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Call for Proposals

05 March 2007

Science Programme

This Call for proposals covers the first planning cycle of the new Cosmic Vision 2015-2025.

The Call will lead to the selection of one medium-sized mission (Class M mission) to enter the implementation phase in 2012, with a launch foreseen in the mid-2017 time-frame.

The Call also invites proposals for concepts of more ambitious missions of the flagship category (Class L mission concepts) that will require an extended preparation.

The proposals will be subjected to the ESA Science Programme competitive selection procedure detailed in the Call itself.

Full details for the submission process are available in the documentation on the right-hand side, together with the announcement letter and the annex files.

The deadline for submission of Proposals has now passed.

The complete schedule for the issue of the Call and the proposal evaluation process is as follows:

Activity Date
Release of 1st Call for mission proposals of Cosmic Vision 2015-2025

5 March 2007

Deadline for Letters of Intent

30 March 2007

Briefing to proposers at ESTEC

11 April 2007

Mission Proposals due

29 June 2007

Proposal evaluation process by ESA and Peer Review Teams

July - end September 2007

Working group/SSAC evaluation and selection of: 3 Class M mission proposals and 3 Class L concept proposals

October 2007


08 Mar 2007

Exploration Programme

The Director of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration invites proposals for the Next Exploration Science and Technology Mission (NEXT) of the optional European Space Exploration Programme - Aurora. It is intended to propose such a mission to the Council at Ministerial Level in 2008 with the aim to adopt it for launch in the period 2015-2018.

The technological goal of the mission is to demonstrate key enabling capabilities as needed for a future Mars Sample Return Mission which may be realized in international co-operation after 2020.

The proposals will be subjected to the selection procedure detailed in the Call itself. Full details for the submission process are available in the documentation on the right-hand side, together with the announcement letter.

Preferably ideas should be submitted electronically, using the form provided here, linked from the right-hand side.

Documents should be sent as attachments to the following address not later than 13 April 2007:

explorationcallesa.int

The complete schedule for the issue of the Call and the proposal evaluation process is as follows:

Activity Date
Release of the Call for Ideas 9 March 2007
Proposal for ideas submission deadline 13 April
Preliminary Evaluation and classification 13-25 April
Presentation to ESTAG 25 April
Presentation to PB-HME of assessment results 23 May
Briefing to proposers at ESTEC End May CDF studies May - July
MSR Phase A2 Industrial studies results July-August Submission of selected study proposals to PB-HME 18 September
ITT for parallel industrial studies End September Phase A industrial studies Jan-July 2008


Last Update: 18 June 2010

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