News

News

ESA selects three new mission concepts for study
7 May 2018A high-energy survey of the early Universe, an infrared observatory to study the formation of stars, planets and galaxies, and a Venus orbiter are to be considered for ESA's fifth medium class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme, with a planned launch date in 2032.
Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward
20 June 2017The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class mission in ESA's Science programme, while the PLATO exoplanet hunter moves into development.
Cosmic Vision M4 candidate missions: presentation event
5 May 2017ARIEL, THOR, and XIPE, the three candidates for the M4 medium-class mission in ESA's Science Programme, will be presented to the science community at a special event in Paris on 3 July 2017. The deadline to register for this event is 10 June.

Publications

Publications

EPIG CDF Study Summary Report
15 July 2019The EPIG (ESA Probe for Investigation of the Giants) CDF study explored the feasibility of a European "stand-alone" mission to the Ice Giants (or Saturn as back-up). This is a summary report of the EPIG CDF study.
CDF Study Report: Ice Giants
1 January 2019This is the report of the CDF study to analyse the feasibility of "stand-alone" elements provided by ESA to be part of a NASA-led mission to Uranus, Neptune and their moons. The study was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of experts from across ESA sites with the active participation of experts from NASA/JPL and the European science...
EnVision Phase 0 CDF study - internal final presentation
21 December 2018The internal Phase 0 study of the M5 mission candidate EnVision has been performed at ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF). The internal final presentation, summarizing the outcome of the Phase 0 study, is now available for download.
SPICA Phase 0 CDF study - internal final presentation
21 December 2018The internal Phase 0 study of the M5 mission candidate SPICA has been performed at ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF). The internal final presentation, summarizing the outcome of the Phase 0 study, is now available for download.
THESEUS Phase 0 CDF study - internal final presentation
21 December 2018The internal Phase 0 study of the M5 mission candidate THESEUS has been performed at ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF). The internal final presentation, summarizing the outcome of the Phase 0 study, is now available for download.
European Space Agency
Science Programme
Technology Development Plan:
Programme of Work for 2019 and Related Procurement Plan
30 November 2018This document presents the activities in the Science Core Technology Programme (CTP) and in the Technology Development Element (TDE, replacing the TRP) of the Discovery, Preparation & Technology Development Basic Activities supporting the implementation of ESA's Science Programme. The national initiatives activities of relevance to the Science...
CDF Study Report: QPPF - Assessment of a Quantum Physics Payload Platform
31 July 2018ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) has completed an assessment study of the Quantum Physics PlatForm (QPPF): a mission concept to test the quantum superposition principle with "massive" test particles of more than 109 atomic mass units. The topic is one of three selected for investigation following the 2016 Call for New Science...
CDF Study Report: Small Planetary Platforms (SPP) in NEO and MAB
11 June 2018

ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) has completed an assessment study of Small Planetary Platforms (SPP): small planetary mission concepts that include a mothercraft and a swarm of small satellites that can be deployed. The study results are available in this set of three reports.

CDF Study Report: GaiaNIR – Study to Enlarge the Achievements of Gaia with NIR Survey
23 October 2017This document is the assessment study report for GaiaNIR (Gaia Near Infra-Red), which was one of the proposals received in response to the 2016 Call for New Science Ideas in ESA's Science Programme.
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