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ESA is opening up to new ideas through the OSIP platform

on 25 April 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) aims to harness a new resource for future space activities: ideas from European researchers, businesses and the public. Through its new Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP), anyone is welcome to respond to space-related challenges.

ESA’s new Open Space Innovation Platform website is a streamlined entry point for novel ideas, both in response to specific problems and open calls. The platform forms part of a wider effort to support the future competitiveness of European space industry with early technology development, implementing the new Space Technology Strategy.

OSIP will challenge users to propose new ideas to address specific problems in form of thematic campaigns. The site currently hosts two such public challenges, both linked to the oceans, as well as a channel to submit ideas for co-sponsored research.

Two inaugural challenges have been released on OSIP at calling for novel ideas on:

  • ways of achieving the currently impossible task of detecting and tracking marine plastic litter from space;
  • ways of enlarging the effective area of autonomous shipping – today heavily reliant on satellite navigation – into heavily-trafficked ports requiring precision navigation as well as the high Arctic, where satnav is rendered less reliable.

Another OSIP channel calls on ideas for research projects without a specific theme.

These novel space-related research proposals would be co-funded by ESA. While the two campaigns have deadlines, the channel is open ended with rolling evaluations and selections.

Part of a wider effort to open up the early stages of the ESA’s innovation pipeline in preparation for ESA’s Space19+ Ministerial Council, OSIP is implemented through the Agency's Discovery & Preparation programme. Part of ESA’s Basic Activities, this programme is used to peer beyond the immediate planning horizon. ESA Basic Activities are supported by all Member States, including Romania.

Learn more about this platform accessing this link.

Image credit: ESA