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Technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness


Actions from the JTF List of Actions 2018-2020 shall be implemented sequentially in 2018 and in 2019 as the following subtopics.

Group A (2018):

  • JTF-2018/20-3 – High Capacity FPGAs [U12]
  • JTF-2018/20-8 – ASICS: 28nm Deep Sub-Micron (DSM) [U22b]
  • JTF-2018/20-16 – Active discrete power components [U14]
  • JTF-2018/20-18 – RF components [N27]
  • JTF-2018/20-19 – Passive components [U13]
  • JTF-2018/20-22 – High temperature packaging [N49]

Group B (2019):

  • JTF-2018/20-2 – ASICS for mixed signal processing [U11]
  • JTF-2018/20-11 – Design and qualification of µcontroller for space applications [N52]
  • JTF-2018/20-12 – Design and prototype of nvRAM for SPACE with serial interface ((quad)-SPI) [N53]
  • JTF-2018/20-21 – High density (1000 pins and beyond) assembly capabilities and PCBs [U17]
  • JTF-2018/20-28 – Photonics components [U15]
  • JT

    The space sector is a strategic asset contributing to the independence, security and prosperity of Europe and its role in the world. Europe needs non-dependent access to critical space technologies, which is a sine qua non condition for achieving Europe’s strategic objectives. ""Non-dependence"" refers to the possibility for Europe to have free, unrestricted access to any required space technology. Reaching non-dependence in certain technologies will open new markets to our industries and will increase the overall competitiveness of the European Space sector.

    Research in technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness has been undertaken within the frame of the Commission-ESA-EDA Joint Task Force (JTF) on Critical Technologies for European non-Dependence, launched in 2008.

    In 2016, the JTF established the List of Actions for 2018-2020 (hereinafter JTF List of Actions 2018-2020), aiming at enhancing the TRL of the technologies identified in the list.

    • To reduce the dependence on critical technologies and capabilities from outside Europe for future space applications, as identified in the JTF List of Actions 2018-2020;
    • To develop or regain in the mid-term the European capacity to operate independently in space, e.g. by developing in a timely manner reliable and affordable space technologies that in some cases may already exist outside Europe or in European terrestrial applications;
    • To enhance the technical capabilities and overall competitiveness of European space industry vendors on the worldwide market;
    • To open new competition opportunities for European manufacturers by reducing dependency on export restricted technologies that are of strategic importance to future European space efforts;
    • To improve the overall European space technology landscape and complement and/or create synergy with activities of European and national either in the space or non-space fields.