What we want
ESA: Priority on Tech Programs
Targets are set high, efforts are honest and sustainable. Nevertheless, both from internally and externally, the process of improvement is considered to be far too slow – despite the obvious will to change: ESA simply cannot achieve its targets autonomously, as it does not operate in a power vacuum. Final decisions are taken by the ministers of member states, who face the same problem time and again at their councils: the necessity to add ressources to large running projects without increasing budgets. The danger of cannibalization of less proﬁled project ﬁelds is the logical consequence.
And exactly here, these two programs come into focus which are indispensable to help SMEs sharpen their technological proﬁles and to ﬁnally discover and conquer new ﬁelds of commercial business: GSTP and ARTES. They are the most fertile ﬁelds to sow chances, develop opportunities and to ﬁnally harvest and secure yet another portion of future in the space business – not only for the SMEs. If politics decide to draw a simple red line here to preserve this priority on pushing technologies for all participants including SMEs, all the mechanisms ESA has installed to think small ﬁrst will suddenly and powerfully, magically come into effect.