European Space Technology Harmonisation

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. S4S will contribute 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).

Please read the ESA reference letter for this assignment.

In order to have a brief overview of the Harmonisation process, please refer to the following ESA official Harmonisation Brochure.

If you are a SME and you want to participate to this process, please contact us as soon as possible via e-mail ( We will provide you all the needed documentation and the information to let you contribute to this activity. Contributions from Space SMEs are really welcome.

Moreover, in order to be kept always informed, please fill in the following dedicated mailing list registration form.