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    Aviation, including Urban Air Mobility and Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) is a major user of space-based services, with the potential to expand existing services and to introduce many new ones.


    Satellite services are widely used for Air Traffic Management, Airline Operational Communications and passenger in-flight connectivity, in addition to services for airport management and meteorology – contributing largely to safety and efficiency of the sector.

    One second fast emerging area which is revolutionising transport is Urban Air Mobility: the system that enables on-demand, highly automated, passenger or cargo-carrying air transportation services within and around the city environment usually in a low altitude airspace. Currently, the most mature UAM applications involve drones utilization for short-range surveillance or package delivery. In this respect, UAM will be considered as a system for air passenger and cargo transportation within the city and at the fringe, with vehicles ranging from small drones to passenger aircrafts. Still, the development of RPAS faces unique challenges, such as flight in unsegregated airspace, and their progressive solution is opening up new markets.

    Aviation and Urban Air Mobility are setting new goals towards CO2 neutral mobility which will change the way people travel today. ESA enables technologies that allow pilots and controllers to identify the shortest and fastest routes, saving fuels and reducing environmental impact.



    Under NAVISP Element 2, the Agency issues this permanently open Call for Proposals for the development of innovative competitive products in the Satellite Navigation and wider Position, Navigation and Timing domain. The objective is to boost Member States’ industrial competitiveness in the fast- evolving navigation sector. Proposals are welcome from space and non-space companies, from large and small enterprises and start-ups. Products can address satellite space segment, ground infrastructure and user segment including applications and services. Industry and research institutions of interested participating States are therefore invited to submit Outline Proposals for the development of pre-operational products matching their strategies and plans. Upon positive assessment of their Outline Proposal, they will be invited to submit the Full Proposal which will be evaluated once a Support Letter from the relevant national Delegation is received. The Tendering process details and the guidelines for preparing the Outline and Full Proposals are described in the AO.

    This is a call of the  Navigation Innovation and Support Programme (NAVISP) Programme Element 2. 

    For more information and access to the open call for proposal documents see esa-star webpage.

    The objective of the call is to provide a framework to rapidly respond to new innovative ideas.

    The scope of the call covers elements of Block 4 of Future EO-1 Segment 1.

    The particular focus for innovative activities under each element is as follows:

    1. Grand Science Challenges
    2. EO for a Resilient Society
    3. Artificial Intelligence for EO
    4. Regional Initiatives
    5. EO for Civil Security

    Any individual contract will be limited to a Firm Fixed Price of up to 150KEuro and to a maximum duration of 12 months.

    Bidders will be required to demonstrate the innovative content of their proposals and, where appropriate, the engagement of relevant stakeholders. For proposals related to Grand Science Challenges, bidders will be also required to demonstrate scientific excellence of the proposed activity.

    Learn more about this Invitation To Tender on esa-star.