ESA title
Φ-lab

The ESA Φ-lab

We strongly believe in truly transformative ideas
and in the power of compelling partnerships
to accelerate the Earth Observation future

ESA’s Φ-lab mission is to accelerate the future of Earth Observation (EO) by means of transformational innovations, i.e. innovations that completely transform or create entire industries via new technologies, with the aim to strengthen the world-leading competitiveness of the European EO industrial and research sectors.

The ESA Φ-lab is a Division in the Future Systems Department of the EO Programmes Directorate.

To achieve its mission, Φ-lab manages the full range of the innovation pipeline. We create or discover new transformational ideas, select and nurture the good ones, develop the corresponding “solution” or product by maturing and testing it, and finally we invest in the best ones via the InCubed programme to reach market adoption.

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