Several initiatives are being led by ESA to develop next generation processors (NGMP project) and ITAR-free DSP. However, these solutions will still hardly simultaneously fulfill the cost and technical needs targeted by the CLP.
The CLP technology is currently being developed by SABCA (Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques) under sponsorship of the European Space Agency (ESA). It is a further and natural evolution of the extensive work that has been undertaken by SABCA and ESA in the past in the field of electromechanical control systems. The technology is developed in the framework of ESA’s ASSP (Application Specific Standard Product) program that aims at providing a number of general-purpose commercial products to industry (not necessarily restricted to space industry alone).