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I would like to know if there's an equivalent to NASA's NIAC at ESA. If that's the case, I would like to know if I can read some of these concept studies and what stages of approval they need.

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  • $\begingroup$ more "futuristic" than the General Support Technology Programme (GSTP)? $\endgroup$ – JCRM Jun 18 at 10:02
  • $\begingroup$ @JCRM That depends on how futuristc you see NIAC compared to GSTP. I would like to know about the most similar programme to NIAC $\endgroup$ – Swike Jun 18 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ ESA is different compared to NASA in many ways, but a big one is institutional philosophy and politics. NASA, besides getting 3x the amount of money as ESA, is far more partisan-politics-steered and often has big ambitions that are linked to national pride / presidential promises. ESA, being scattered across many nations, generally focuses more on achievable, realistic, and scientific progress with a lower focus on "spectacle" like human spaceflight or moonshot / high risk programs. $\endgroup$ – Dragongeek Jun 18 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ There is overlap between the functions of the ESA Advanced Concepts Team and the NASA NIAC, but you can’t call them equivalent. esa.int/gsp/ACT $\endgroup$ – Anthony Stevens Jun 18 at 19:49

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