Technology Developments - Athena
Development of instruments is funded by the member states. ESA will fund technology developments of enabling systems, such as the Silicon Pore Optics and cryogenic systems.
It is a boundary condition for Science Missions that adoption (2018/19) cannot be endorsed unless Technology Readiness Levels are at ISO Level 6. To prepare for this status, a number of developments will be proposed to the ESA Technology Research Programme (TRP) in Autumn 2014.