ESA's General Studies Programme (GSP) has started a new project called SysNova: its aim is to get the most brilliant proposals for the development of new technologies in the space field.

The SysNova initiative is a technology assessment scheme using "technology challenges" and competition to survey a comparatively large number of alternative solutions and recognises the critical role of joint studies by both academic and industrial institutions across ESA Member States in this exploratory phase.

This competition gives industry and universities the opportunity to work and develop their solutions in a field that is the cutting edge of technology par excellence.  
Every year the General Studies Programme will propose a few topics of relevance to the exploration of potential technology needs beyond current ESA programmes. Teams composed by people from the academic, research and industry fields can submit their proposals and compete for a final prize.