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ESA Cosmic Vision Request for Proposals

Briefing Meeting Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Call for Proposals
12 Apr 2007

More than 60 Letters Of Intent were received in response to ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Call for Proposals. Wednesday, 11 April 2007, a briefing meeting to the proposers took place at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The meeting comprised a number of presentations by ESA covering various aspects relative to the Call, followed by a session for questions from the proposers and for discussion.

The presentations of the briefing meeting are available in PDF format at:

This Call for proposals covers the first planning cycle of the new Cosmic Vision 2015-2025.

The Call will lead to the selection of one-medium sized mission (Class M mission) to enter the implementation phase in 2012, with a launch foreseen in the mid-2017 time-frame.

The Call also invites proposals for concepts of more ambitious missions of the flagship category (Class L mission concepts) that will require an extended preparation.

More info on Cosmic Vision can be found at:
According to ESA's Alvaro Giménez at the ESA DG press breakfast (01:58:02), Ariel was selected as the M4 component of the Cosmic Vision 2015–2025 program, but the start of the implementation phase is hindered by funding issues of the payload, thus the official selection is delayed; it remains suspenseful!
At the EGU General Assembly 2018, Günther Hasinger, new ESA Director of Science, outlined the future plans (1:54:32) for ESA's Science Programme. Hopefully it will get supported at the next Ministerial Council and NASA will want to take the big chance, this time.

Edit: And I wish I were 20 years younger. rolleyes.gif
At one point he mentions that from M4 forward every second M-Class mission should coincide/be co-launched with an F-Class mission. These F-Class start counting from F1.

Have such "F-Class" concepts been mentioned before in the context of Cosmic Vision?
(the name is somewhat reminiscent of the F-Mission/Flexi-Mission of the previous Horizon 2000+ programme)
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