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EPIC WORKSHOP 2017/ 24-25 OCTOBER 2017 (Save the Date) 

Friday, August 25, 2017 12:44:00 PM

The EPIC PSA is pleased to announce that the EPIC Workshop 2017 on the EPIC and Space Electric Propulsion SRC H2020 activities will be held in Madrid at CDTI premises during 24-25 October 2017.

The online registration will be open in due time on the EPIC webpage at the following link:, were all details, preliminary programme and practical information about this event can be found.


The workshop will be held on 24-25 October 2017 in Madrid, at: CDTI: - Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology - c/ Cid nº4  28020 Madrid - Spain.


Present the Horizon 2020 Electric Propulsion SRC activities to the EP community and stakeholders and to collect and assess the latest EP technology developments in Europe.

The draft preliminary program will include the following sessions:

  • PSA and SRC progress and activities (EC, REA, EPIC PSA),
  • Outline of Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme 2018-2020 topics for Electric Propulsion SRC (EC, REA),
  • Stakeholders interaction such as Satellite Operators and Satellite Large System Integrators (open to invited speakers),
  • Incremental SRC OGs: objectives, proposed approach, team, progress, and early results,
  • Disruptive SRC OGs: objectives, proposed approach, team, progress, and early results,
  • Trends in Power Processing Units (open to invited speakers),
  • New developments on EP Incremental Technologies and EP Disruptive Technologies: promising thrusters and transversal technologies (open to invited speakers),


15th July           Preliminary programme publication

4th Sept            General registration opens until 30th September

30th Sept          Final programme publication

24-25th Oct       Workshop dates

The number of participants to this workshop is limited due to the limited availability of seats at the venue, so the registration is by invitation. Registrations of non-speakers will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. Online registration is required and it will be open on the web in due time. After your online registration, you will receive a 1st email to confirm the reception of your online registration, but later you will receive a 2nd email confirming your final invitation.

We look forward to welcoming you in Madrid for what will undoubtedly be a fruitful workshop!

Space Industry-University Education MoU 

Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:56:00 PM

On June 21st, 2017, a group of major European space manufacturing industries (all members of Eurospace: Airbus Defence & Space, Arianegroup, Avio, OHB, RUAG Space, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space) and universities (Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers of Paris, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, University of Montpellier, La Sapienza University of Rome, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Von Karman Institute of Brussels) have signed at Le Bourget a memorandum of understanding on an education partnership agreement aiming - through their joint and coordinated efforts - at organizing for multi-nationality teams of  students a structured transition  between their educational path and their entry into the professional world. This is intended to take place by means of dedicated projects to be developed by teams of students coming from universities in different countries and working on industry's selected priorities, teams being selected by industry via competition of international teams.

This initiative, aiming at educating more specifically students by means of a longer industrial project phase has been given the name of: "Advanced Student Team Research in space Industry" (ASTRI), and is intended to materialize into ad hoc specific agreements involving at a time at least one industry and a team of at least five students coming from universities in at least three different countries.

Each ASTRI Programme is intended to devote globally eighteen months to carry out a project in industry with a first phase lasting six months that could be part of the thesis final project to accomplish a standard master, while a second phase, lasting the remaining twelve (12) months, would have to be carried out at the premises of one of the industrial Parties.

The MoU will remain valid for four years. It will be implemented via a first cycle of projects from early 2018 to mid-2019, with the corresponding diplomas, namely "First Distinguished Certificate of Excellence", being delivered in mid-2019. The MoU is intended to open to new Parties (industry and/or universities) at the end of each academic cycle.


Eurospace Facts & Figures - 21st Edition release 

Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:16:00 PM

Eurospace facts and figures released soon. Download the Press Release here.

It has been 20 years now since Eurospace launched the Facts and Figures survey, and this year we celebrate the 21st edition of the report. It has been two decades of careful data collection, verification and analysis, supported by unfailing commitment of participating companies to provide the most accurate and detailed data sets. Over time the Eurospace facts and figures survey has established itself as a reference source of information on the economic situation of the space manufacturing sector in Europe and as a methodological benchmark for other sectoral surveys worldwide. I wish to express my gratitude to all participating companies, members and non-members of Eurospace alike, that make this achievement possible every year.

In 2016 our sector continues to celebrates a decade of business growth, reaching for the first time two record values: consolidated sales in excess of 8 Billion Euro, and employment in excess of 40.000 FTE. These records exemplify the good tenure of an industrial sector which has proven its unique level of efficiency and competitiveness enabling its good penetration of accessible markets for both spacecraft and launch services, as well as supporting the constant growth of institutional programmes in Europe.










From the commercial market perspective, the results in 2016 confirm two growing trends of the past five years: the increase of revenues generated with private satellite operators worldwide, and the good value of sale of European equipment and payload for integration on non European programmes. Operational launcher sales have remained rather stable in 2016. The good results on commercial market segments have been offset slightly by the lower level of revenues generated with exports to public satellite operators. A new trend may be confirmed for the export of military system (mostly for observation), a market segment yet untapped by our US competition. Nonetheless, telecommunications systems are still the main driver of European space systems exports, and are the only market segment where our industry has higher revenues abroad than it has in Europe.

From the institutional market perspective, which has been the main driver for revenue increase in 2016 with an 18% growth factor (worth 750 M€ of sales increase), ESA is still the reference customer of our sector. In 2016 sales to ESA grew to 3.4B€ thanks to increased business related to the Copernicus and Galileo programmes, and with the positive impact of the roll out of Ariane 6 development activities. Another interesting trend although of a lesser scale, is the regain of activity related to military systems sales, reaching a value approaching 0.6 B€. The business associated to national programmes on the other hand remains stable over time, representing almost 0.8B€.

The year 2017 is a year of challenges and opportunities, focusing on EU budgets process and the initial steps to guarantee the good support of space programmes in the post 2020 multi-annual financial framework. Indeed with the EU becoming a major contributor to the ESA budget, the preservation and enhancement of space programmes in the EU budgets is a critical activity for the future of the sector. The involvement of European players in the 'New Space' business, and the achievements of our competition, particularly in the launcher area, will need to be monitored closely. In this context Eurospace will continue its work in supporting the good understanding of industrial issues at institutional and political levels and favour the necessary cohesion and consensus among the sector.


Pierre Lionnet - Research Director


Space industry comments on the prioritisation of NMP for Annex XIV 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:28:00 PM

Space Sector Contribution to the Call for information (on behalf of the Commission) on the possible socio-economic consequences of the authorisation requirement for NMP 

NMP is used as a solvent in the production of the positive electrode within Li-ion batteries that are qualified for use on European space launchers and vehicles. The space sector is the end user of this battery technology, which represents the forefront of rechargeable battery technology in terms of energy density and lifetime. These batteries are used universally within space applications and are critical to the success of the European space sector, as they provide the primary power storage solution for launchers and space vehicles.

The European Space Industry, represented by ASD-Eurospace – with the support of European and national space agencies – has provided an answer to the call for information (on behalf of the Commission) on the possible socio-economic consequences of the authorisation requirement for 1-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), EC number 212-828-1. The contribution was elaborated in co-ordination with the EU battery manufacturer Saft, to complement the comments submitted by Saft to the same call for information. It was submitted to ECHA on June 2nd 2017.

You can download the full text here.


Pierre Lionnet


REACH obsolescence risk and supply chain management for space programs - Stakeholders' Day 

Monday, March 27, 2017 2:03:00 PM

Materials and Processes Technology Board stakeholder day on REACH obsolescence risk and supply chain management for space programs

What: Materials and Processes Technology Board stakeholder day
Date: 16th May, 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: ESA-ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG  Noordwijk, The Netherlands (

The European REACH regulation controls the manufacturing, market placement and use of chemical substances in Europe through the processes of registration, authorisation, and restriction. The large number of substances requiring authorisation for continuous use, as well as the strict rules and high costs involved to seek such authorisation consequently lead to disappearance of substances from the market or result in changes of materials and processes formulations. The most imminent risk is the obsolescence of qualified materials, processes or technologies and costly mitigation actions if identified at a later stage of space projects. Other challenges include the declaration of hazardous substances (REACH article 33) for complex hardware.

The complexity of the issue and its possible industrial impact requires European-wide coordination among space industry and agencies, realised by through the Materials and Processes Technology Board (MPTB). This is participated by large system integrators, equipment manufacturers, expert companies, national space agencies and ESA. The objective of this event is to establish a communication network between MPTB members and smaller companies, SMEs, and academia, that are involved in hardware manufacturing for space programmes to address the following questions:

  1.       What are the needs and challenges in the area of materials and processes for stakeholders in the European space sector?
  2.       How can we improve to share information and feed innovation effectively across the European space sector?
  3.       Where can the MPTB provide support and how can we establish a functional communication network?

Participation is free of charge, in case of interest follow the link below for registration.

Contributions from participants are welcome to understand challenges of European stakeholders for (REACH) obsolescence management for materials and processes, provision of innovative solutions and service for testing and development, or other topical issues of relevance.

Questions and suggestions should be addressed to Thomas Rohr (

Eurospace attends an "exploratory meeting" on space economic diplomacy 

Friday, March 17, 2017 5:02:00 PM

At the invitation of the European Commission, Eurospace executive attended on 13 March an “exploratory meeting” on space economic diplomacy, alongside with representatives from DG GROW (European Commission), the European External Action Service (EEAS) and members of Eurospace.

The EC and the EEAS provided an overview of the current instruments and those that will become available in the following months, aimed at supporting the internationalization of the European industry. This event was also a great opportunity for the European space industry to present its views about possible ways forward allowing to implement an space economic diplomacy at EU level.

Eurospace delivered a presentation highlighting our high-level perspectives on space economic diplomacy. Slides of the presentation can be downloaded here.


Monday, January 30, 2017 5:20:00 PM

The European Space Industry is strongly affected by the requirements of the EU Chemicals Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 “REACH”. Notably the authorisation process and timelines - aiming at the soonest substitution of the most hazardous chemicals still required today - poses significant challenges for a high-end niche sector such as space. The ongoing European Commission REACH “REFIT”* review 2017 presents a suitable opportunity to highlight space sector concerns and recommend regulatory improvements. 

To this end ASD-Eurospace – together with its members and in close co-ordination with the ASD REACH Implementation Working Group – has prepared a “REACH REFIT 2017 Position Paper”; with the support of the European and national space agencies and the consultancy REACHLaw Ltd. The paper, which was submitted to the European Commission on 27 January 2017, presents the following key recommendations:

  • Consider extended timelines in the REACH authorisation process to enable innovative substitution
  • Promote EU level funding for REACH-related substitution R&D
  • Adopt a more harmonised and forward-looking Risk Management Option Analysis approach
  • Enhance regulatory predictability for critical substances still in use and their possible replacements
  • Streamline and simplify authorisation for SMEs and uses with large socio-economic benefits
  • Define workable approach for the reporting of substances in complex articles (REACH Article 33)
  • Generally take into account the specific issues of high-end niche sectors in REACH implementation

The Position Paper can be downloaded here.

P. Lionnet


*Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme of the EC, covering five compulsory evaluation criteria: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Relevance, Coherence and EU Added Value, including examining the potential to improve the way in which REACH delivers on its objectives and the potential for burden reduction and simplification.

“Contributing to European-­wide connectivity is one of the new frontiers for the EU Space policy” says European Parliament Sky and Space Intergroup 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 5:16:00 PM

On 19 October 2016, the Sky and Space Intergroup of the European Parliament successfully held the last "space event" of the year. MEPs, EU officials and Industry representatives discussed together the topic of "Space and Connectivity", and more specifically, how the EU Space Policy can help to achieve the objectives of the EU's Digital Agenda and Digital Single Market strategy.

Chaired by MEP Monika Hohlmeier, this high-level lunch debate addressed the role that space systems can bring in the transition towards a digitalized and data-driven economy. It was also the occasion for the European space industry and operators to remind that having a complementarity between terrestrial and space-based infrastructures is essential to achieve European-wide connectivity, particularly in remote and rural areas, in order to bridge the digital divide across the EU.

You may find the complete "Event Insight" of the discussions through this link.

The pictures of the event are also available by clicking here.


Eurospace is the Co-Secretariat of the Sky & Space Intergroup for space events.

Workshop on Horizon 2020-Space at the European Parliament – Eurospace consulted 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 12:52:00 PM

The working group on Horizon 2020 of the ITRE committee at the European Parliament, chaired by MEP Christian Ehler organized on Tuesday 11 October a specific hearing dedicated to H2020-Space.

Alongside DG GROW (represented by Apostolia Karamali, Deputy Head of Unit “Space policy & research”), ESA (represented by Head of ESA Brussels Office Michel Praet) and EARSC (with an intervention of their Secretary General Geoff Sawyer), Eurospace delivered the industry’s perspectives on the implementation of H2020-Space so far, with a focus on the outcome of the COMPET calls, presented our community’s expectations for the next calls 2018-2020, and introduced some preliminary reflections on the “way forward”, i.e the future of space R&T funding at EU level post 2020.

The complete Eurospace presentation is available here.

An Ambitious Space Industrial Policy must be the Cornerstone of the “Space strategy for Europe” says European Parliament Sky and Space Intergroup 

Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:05:00 AM

On 22 June 2016, the Sky & Space Intergroup of the European Parliament successfully held an event dedicated to the space industrial policy and its central role in the EU's future Space Strategy.

At the invitation of MEP Monika Hohlmeier, Chair of the Intergroup, the lunch-debate gathered together high-level speakers and participants from institutions and industry, as well as several MEPs. All were keen to discuss the need for Europe to have a long term vision for its space industrial policy to foster both the competitiveness of the European space industry and to encourage a better use of space capacities to achieve EU policy goals.

Participants also underlined the necessity to raise awareness towards EU policy-makers and citizens of the EU's space programmes and to have an ambitious European Space strategy with the necessary budgetary support.

The complete press release is available through this link.


Eurospace is the Co-Secretariat of the Sky & Space Intergroup for space events. For more information, please contact Cannelle Beauchesne.

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