Your Business in Orbit
Space can be the ideal environment to exploit a wide range of phenomena and physical processes that are not possible under the effects of gravity experienced on Earth, such as different fluid dynamics, material behaviour or cell biology. Besides microgravity, space offers extreme conditions, such as huge temperature differences and radiation, as well as an unobstructed vantage point for remote sensing or communication. All these characteristics can unlock benefits for commercial businesses on Earth in a wide range of sectors from energy to food and pharmaceuticals production.
Now, access to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has become easier thanks to established space service providers operating onboard the International Space Station (ISS): ESA ISS Commercial Partners and other service providers offer unique services along with clear pricing policies, which cover the complete service chain from preparation, launch, operations onboard the ISS, to sample return. ISS facilities include both internal and external platforms – for a more detailed overview about existing ISS service providers and their ISS facilities, please visit the Business in Space Growth Network.
Key activities / projects included in this call
- Feasibility Studies
- Demonstration Projects
ESA support on funded projects
Funding and support is offered to companies for business case assessment and spaceflight preparation as well as developing and piloting of new end-to-end services and products that benefit from space environments in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
- Zero-equity funding
- Personal ESA consultant
- Technical & commercial guidance
- Access to our network of partners
- Credibility of the ESA brand
- Step 1: Activity Pitch Questionnaire
- Step 2: Outline Proposal
- Step 3: Full Proposal
Funding scheme: On a case-by-case basis for demo projects and max 500.000 EUR for feasibility studies
Deadline: None (2025 for technical reasons only - to be ingored)
See more information and guide for Application on ESA Space Solutions website
Note: Please always consult the official page for exact specifications, requirements and criteria set by ESA. This page is created with the sole purpose of information sharing about this funding opportunity.