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    The vertical Environment consists of the protection and conservation of natural capital including the understanding, monitoring, and mitigation of climate change, but also the efficient and green use of resources.


    Earth, along with its systems and processes, is immensely complicated and scientific research builds the foundation to understand the complex man made and non-man made changes in the global ecosystem. The global driver of protective regulations is the adaption of international treaties from the Montreal Protocol, through the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement and beyond.

    Climate change monitoring is possible thanks to the provision of key indicators on climate change drivers (e.g. carbon dioxide and short-lived climate pollutants) and the assessment of impacts on the environment (e.g. global ozone depletion, melting of glaciers and sea ice, sea level rise, tropical deforestation). In fact, the importance of remote science via satellites is underlined by the fact that of the 50 Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) identified, 26 can only be monitored from space.

    Ocean conservation and restoration of land and forests are well supported by remote sensing – often in combination with other sensors – in a rapid and standardised way (e.g. difficult-to-access areas, lack of long-term records). Environmental protection is closely linked to early warning/alert systems , which can include tracking and exploration of a natural hazards, such as tropical cyclones, landslides, and volcanoes.

    Water management is another major global challenge. Water flows, temperature, quality and also the identification of harmful outbreaks of, for example, algal blooms, have to be controlled and detected. Satellites support prediction systems for hydropower production and water management in water intensive sectors.

    Corporations have an increasing interest in either monitoring or reducing their environmental footprint. Raising attention by consumers have increased demand for industrial self-monitoring through higher Environmental, Social and Governance standards.


    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.

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