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Call for Ideas for Research Opportunities on the Deep Space Gateway

Call for Ideas for Research Opportunities on the Deep Space Gateway

The European Space Agency (ESA) invites members of the science community in Europe to propose ideas for research that could be performed on the Deep Space Gateway, a crewed spaceship in lunar vicinity.

The Deep Space Gateway is a strategic platform that is being prepared by the International Space Station partner agencies to be humanity’s next step beyond Low-Earth Orbit and out into the Solar System. Operations would take place during the 2020’s in the vicinity of the Moon.

With the present Call, ESA is consulting the science community to identify the research opportunities offered by this crewed platform, and to specify which capabilities are needed to enable this research.

Research areas may fall into the following broad categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Solar System Science, Earth Sciences, and Astronomy and Astrophysics, as well as technology and other areas of a more applied nature.

A document (pdf, 499 KB) with further details of this call and containing important information about the Deep Space Gateway and its expected resources and capabilities for research can be found here. (See also the Documentation list in the right-hand menu.)

The submissions received through the call will be presented and discussed at a workshop to be held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), The Netherlands, on 5-6 December 2017. Details of this workshop can be found here.

Responding to this Call for Ideas

A submission template, detailing the requirements for a submission, is available for download here (doc, 98KB).

Submissions, which should be no more than two pages in length, can be submitted through the workshop registration page. The collected ideas will be reviewed by a Science Advisory team (see list of members below) and will provide the basis for the programme of the workshop. Authors who wish to make a submission but do not wish to present their idea at the workshop are asked to indicate this when submitting their idea.


Call for Ideas issued; open for submissions 1 August 2017
Workshop registration opens 1 September 2017
Deadline for receipt of submissions to the Call 6 October 2017
Review of submissions 9-27 October 2017
Workshop programme published 1 November 2017
Workshop at ESTEC, The Netherlands 5-6 December 2017

Members of the Science Advisory Team

James Carpenter, (ESA), Chair
Erhard Kaschnitz, (Austrian Foundry Research Institute)
Daniel Bucher, (University of Heidelberg)
David Cullen, (Cranfield University)
Ian Crawford, (Birkbeck, University of London)
Andrea Santangelo, (University of Tübingen)
Rumi Nakamura, (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Ben Bussey, (NASA)
Monica Talevi, (ESA)

Further information

Questions about this call can be addressed to


Last Update: 1 September 2019
15-Jul-2024 12:23 UT

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