The future technology plan (for 2008-2010) is under revision and new definition (lead by the Science Payload Instrument section, SRE-PAT) according to the needs of the down selected proposals for Cosmic Vision and the recommendations of the advisory structure. It will be published after the approval of the advisory structure (expected in Q2/2008).
Planetary Exploration Technologies
Future missions and new concepts for planetary investigations require miniaturisation, high efficiency, lower power consumption, extreme temperature ranges, radiation tolerance, high shock resistance, high integration, mobility and many additional requirements on the instruments side.
Studies, and eventual early development, of principle concepts is important in order to have key enabling technologies available in a timely manner. Furthermore, it is often the case that details of particular technical solutions are required even during the feasibility studies and assessment studies, to achieve realistic assumptions on resources and challenges in the development, realization, accommodation and cost.
Below is a (non-exhaustive) overview on activities, which have been performed or supported by SRE-PAP in close cooperation with SRE-PAT, SRE-PAI and DTEC:
In-orbit remote sensing payload
Surface and subsurface payload