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Science Support Prodex

PRODEX (PROgramme de Développement d'Expériences scientifiques) is an optional scientific programme established to provide funding for the industrial development of scientific instruments or experiments proposed by institutes or universities, which have been selected by ESA for one of its programmes in the various fields of space research.

These scientific instruments or experiments are defined to be either hardware or software projects, the development of which shall be carried out in collaboration with the industry of the Participating States such as to help to improve relations between scientific and industrial circles.

The Agency provides both administrative and financial-management know-how and technical support. The projects being developed range from small ERS data-analysis programs, to fully-fledged instruments for scientific programmes.

Romania joined the PRODEX Programme on 21 November 2012.

Rosetta and Philae at comet. Image credit: ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab