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End-to-end Earth observation systems and associated services

The areas of R&I, which needs to be addressed to tackle the above-expected outcomes are:

1) R&I on end-to-end systems, in particular addressing aspects such as enhanced end-to-end system autonomy or accelerating AIT processes for small/medium series production.

2) R&I on observation payload, in particular addressing technologies and concepts for detectors and sensors, radar and optical (including IR/night capabilities) leading to e.g. very high resolution at lower price and persistent observation up to video, as well as satellite and platforms with on-board autonomy for data storage and image processing for end-to-end performance.

3) R&I on scalable, automatable, flexible and resilient multi-mission solutions for ground segment able to be adapted and operate efficiently in complex scenarios, which are necessary for enhanced autonomy for fleet management and flexible mission planning. Proposals should consider enabling technologies and solutions aiming at exploiting the potential synergies between the Earth observation, satellite communication and on-orbit services domains.

Proposal should address only one area. To ensure a balanced portfolio covering the three areas described above, grants will be awarded to applications not only in order of ranking but at least also to one proposal that is the highest ranked within each area, provided that the applications attain all thresholds.

Proposals are expected to promote cooperation between different actors (industry, SMEs and research institutions) and consider opportunities to quickly turn technological innovation into commercial use in space.

Proposals under this topic should explore synergies and be complementary to already funded actions in the context of technology development at component level. In particular, the topics: Critical Space Technologies for European non-dependence (H2020 SPACE-10-TEC-2018-2020, H2020 COMPET-1-2014-2015-2016-2017); Earth observation technologies (H2020 COMPET-2-2017, H2020 EO-3-2015, H2020 SPACE-14-TEC-2018-2019). Furthermore, activities must be complementary to national activities and activities funded by ESA, while contributing to EU non-dependence.

In this topic the integration of the gender dimension (sex and gender analysis) in research and innovation content is not a mandatory requirement.