ESA Harmonisation process: 2020 Technical Dossiers

Through SME4SPACE is possible to receive the Technical Dossiers (TD) relative to the 2020 cycles of  the ESA Harmonisation process:

First cycle 2020:

  • AOCS Sensors and Actuators
  • Functional Verification and Missions Operations Systems
  • Micro and Nano Technologies – MEMS
  • Model Based for System Engineering
  • On-Board Software

Second cycle 2020:

  • Critical Active RF Technologies
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (new TD)
  • Pyrotechnic Devices
  • Solar Array Drive Mechanism
  • TT&C Transponder and Payload Data Transmission

Since 2015, SME4SPACE has been invited by ESA (as you can read in this refence letter) to take part actively in the Harmonisation process and to present the European Space SMEs viewpoint within the activities of the ESA Technology Harmonisation Advisory Group (THAG).

If you are a Space SME and you want to participate to this process, please fill in the following dedicated mailing list registration form, selecting the Technical Dossiers of your interest. You will receive only messages regarding the selected Technical Dossiers.

European Space Technology Harmonisation Process is designed and led by ESA to achieve better coordinated space technology R&D activities among all European actors, with the following aims:

  • fill strategic gaps and ‘minimise unnecessary duplications;
  • Consolidate European Strategic capabilities;
  • Achieve a coordinated and committed European Space Technology Policy;
  • Contribute to ensuring continuity and coherence between Technology and Industrial Policies.

The process is developed in a first mapping and a following roadmapping phase; every year 8/10 topics are foreseen to be harmonised by ESA in two cycles. SME4SPACE has the mandate to gather SMEs’ inputs and contributions on technologies to be harmonised. SME4SPACE contributes both in the phase of technologies mapping and for the definition of the technologies roadmaps within the activities of ESA Technology Harmonisation Advisory Group (THAG).

In order to have a brief overview of the Harmonisation process, please refer to the following ESA presentation held during SME4SPACE Open General Assembly in September 2018 at Industry Space Days in ESTEC.

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact SME4SPACE via e-mail ( We will provide you all the needed documentation and the information to let you contribute to this activity.

If you want to participate and receive the technical dossiers of your interest, please subscribe our dedicated mailing list.


2020 Meeting dates
1st Cycle 2020 (1C2020) 2nd Cycle 2020 (2C2020)
26-27 November 17-18 December SME4SPACE Mapping Meetings preparation teleconferences (one for each Technical Dossier) May 2020 (tbd) SME4SPACE Mapping Meetings preparation teleconferences  (one for each Technical Dossier)
14-16 January 2020 Mapping Meetings (ESA-ESTEC) 9-11 June 2020 Mapping Meetings (ESA-ESTEC)
March/April 2020 (tbd) SME4SPACE Roadmap Meetings preparation teleconferences (one for each Technical Dossier) September/October 2020 (tbd) SME4SPACE Roadmap Meetings preparation teleconferences  (one for each Technical Dossier)
22-23 April 2020 ESA/Eurospace/SME4SPACE Roadmap review Meetings (ESA-ESTEC) 27-28 October 2020  ESA/Eurospace/SME4SPACE Roadmap review Meetings ESA-ESTEC)