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Space Exploration: The European Industry delivers when challenged by an ambitious vision 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM

12th November 2014. The date of the successful, remotely-navigated “touchdown” of Rosetta's lander Philae to the surface of the Jupiter-family comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - the first in the history of space science and space exploration!

Many have already coined this day as “a small step for a robot, another giant leap for the humankind”. Whereas the entire world is abundant with information on the purpose and complexity of this unique mission, there is merit in highlighting two factors of paramount importance behind this landmark success and any success in future space exploration initiatives.

First and foremost, it always takes a vision. An ambitious, European vision in this case stretching back several decades (initial discussions in late 70’s, agreement to launch the Rosetta mission in 1993). A vision elaborated within the 50-years old European Space Agency aiming for Europe to take center stage as the pioneer in pushing the frontiers of technological excellence and innovation at the service of science and the humanity.

With this ambitious vision at the European level in place industry, national space agencies and RTOs all over Europe and the world were challenged to mobilise their unique skills and resources. And they delivered, through cooperation – the second factor of success. The Rosetta spacecraft involves more than 50 contractors from 15 European countries (13 of which from the EU), Australia, Canada and the USA and across the entire value chain (from large system integrators to components and sub-components suppliers at the SME level). Similarly, the Philae lander is the result of a partnership among leading national space agencies and industries established in 8 EU countries.

Instead of a conclusion, ASD-EUROSPACE, the European association of the space manufacturing industry, seizes this unique opportunity to make the plea for the ESA and EU to step up its engagement and political support to future challenging international initiatives for space exploration. It finally wishes to signal its readiness to contribute to the long-term reflections on other possible ambitious initiatives of Europe through the ESA and the EU in space.

A more thorough presentation of industry views on space exploration is available here.


Space Chromate Task Force kicks off REACH authorisation development for mission-critical uses 

Monday, November 24, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Upon completion of a sign up period the Space Chromate Task Force (STF) for REACH authorisation development held its kick-off meeting for “Phase 2” on 4 November 2014 at Eurospace in Paris.

Several companies from the European space industry have confirmed their membership with STF to share costs and data for the preparation of space-specific elements of authorisation applications in the coming months. Key space industry participants include:

  • AVIO

The STF is assisted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). It is coordinated with the ASD REACH Working Group through STF participants and monitored by the Materials and Processes Technology Board (MPTB). Eurospace is acting as Secretariat, REACHLaw Ltd. as consultant.

The scope of “Phase 2”, which is scheduled to run until September 2015 at the latest, includes:

  • Joint Analysis of Alternatives and Socio-Economic Analysis for the use of chromium trioxide in chromic (or chemical) conversion coating on aluminium alloy parts of space vehicles;
  • Agreement of application for authorisation strategy with key formulators;
  • Development of exemption documentation for laboratory use of Annex XIV-listed chromates.

The final “Phase 3” will be dedicated to dossier finishing and the actual application stage - based on the set-up agreed in Phase 2. The latest application date for chromium trioxide is 21 March 2016.

Contacts for further information:

Tim BECKER, STF Project Manager, REACHLaw Ltd,, +358 40 773 8143

Pierre LIONNET, STF Secretariat, ASD-Eurospace,, +33 (1) 44420070

Sharing A Future Satellite Communications Capability For Governmental Purposes: Position Paper from EUROSPACE 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:22:00 AM

In December 2013 the EU Council (Heads of States & Governments) reaffirmed its commitment to “delivering key capabilities and addressing critical shortfalls through concrete projects by Member States, supported by the European Defence Agency”. To this end it authorized inter alia further efforts towards “the next generation of Governmental Satellite Communication through close cooperation between the Member States, the Commission and the European Space Agency”. 

In this context, Eurospace, the European Trade Association of the space manufacturing industry, has just published a position paper with a view to expressing its full support to the GOVSATCOM initiative and also signal its readiness to contribute to the discussions aiming to prepare for the post-2025 generation possibly through a new paradigm.

From a European space manufacturing Industry perspective this initiative represents a compelling case of the value-added of a European approach to the benefit of the EU, its Member States and the European Industry. Its success will be benchmarked against the criteria of (i) the impact on the competitiveness of this sector and (ii) the satisfaction of the European and National Governmental needs for autonomous, secure, satellites-enabled communications across the world.

Call for Participation in Space Chromate Task Force for REACH authorisation development 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 12:02:00 PM

With this web announcement, Eurospace invites European space companies and contractors or sub-contractors to the European Space Agency to join the Space Chromate Task Force (STF) for REACH authorisation development. A broad participation of concerned industrial actors is encouraged. Find here the ESA support letter explaining the background and objectives.

The scope of STF (“Phase 2”), to which companies will commit initially in case of joining the STF, includes:

  • Joint Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEA) for the use of chromium trioxide in Bonderite M-CR 1200 known as Alodine 1200 for chromic conversion coating on space hardware surfaces;
  • Agreement of application for authorisation strategy with key formulators;
  • Development of exemption documentation for laboratory use of Annex XIV-listed chromates - optional.

The total net cost for the mandatory parts of Phase 2 (AoA, SEA, agreement on application strategy with key formulator) is in the order of EUR 200,000 to be equally shared among participating entities (a minimum of 5 entities will be required to start activities). The work is planned to be completed by September 2015. REACHLaw Ltd. as the consultant is responsible for the work.

The subsequent finalization and submission of application(s) for authorisation will require additional work and funding (to be determined in 2015).  

In order to obtain all information needed to join STF, please contact Tim BECKER (REACHLaw Ltd,, +358 40 773 8143) in the first place and/or Pierre LIONNET (ASD-Eurospace,, +33 (1) 44420070).  

The deadline for joining STF is October 31st, 2014. After that Eurospace will request each STF Member to sign a Purchase Order for its individual cost share and a Kick-Off Meeting shall be held as soon as possible.

Please note that all documents required for the sign-up have been agreed amongst the participants until the end of Phase 1 of STF (“Scoping Phase”). Hence, they are not subject to further negotiation of contents during the sign-up.

Please read also for reference:

Summary and presentations from 1st Space Stakeholders’ Day on REACH on 2 December 2013 here

Eurospace announces the creation of a REACH Chromates Space Industry Task Force here

Space sector action on Chromates (CrVI) – imminent ban of CrVI use in Europe under REACH legislation by 2017 here


Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Eurospace SIM WG released its first position paper on June 2014. This paper presents the main data and facts about the European space manufacturing industry in 2013. The full data sets and information will be released by end of July with the Eurospace facts and figures report. The report is distributed widely across Europe, including industry (Eurospace members and companies supporting the survey) and European institutions. 

Download the position paper here.


Eurospace contribution to Horizon 2020 Call 2016 consultation 

Friday, June 13, 2014 1:32:00 PM

The European Consultation has initiated the consultation process to define the contents of the 2016 Work Programme for Horizon 2020/Space.

Within this consultation Eurospace has organised the collection and consolidation of views of the European space industry in the frame of its Technology policy Working Group (TPWG). The consolidated views of the sector are presented in a document available for download here.

For more information please contact Pierre LIONNET at Eurospace.



Friday, May 23, 2014 4:31:00 PM

'European Space Solutions 2014' is an event around satellite navigation programs (EGNOS and Galileo) and Sustainable Transport(featuring a specific session on aviation) that will be held in Prague from the 11th to 13th of June 2014.

Visit the 'European Space Solutions 2014' website here


European Space Solutions

Key concerns of the Aeronautic, Space and Defence industry about REACH 

Friday, May 23, 2014 10:02:00 AM

The ASD REACH Working Group, has released an analysis of the sector's key concerns regarding REACH.

This information is available on ASD's REACH information page here.

Eurospace Council meeting - April 1st, 2014 

Monday, March 31, 2014 2:27:00 PM

Mr. Jack Bosma for a presentation/discussion on its first findings regarding ESA procurement policy in his still recent position of Ombudsman.

Call for interest in using ESA's inventions 

Thursday, February 6, 2014 4:53:00 PM

ESA logo

Companies and organisations from ESA Member States and Canada are invited to submit their interest in using ESA's inventions. 

The goal of this call for interest is to make ESA's portfolio and licensing conditions more openly visible to European Space Industry and to encourage its use and licensing. 

Please consult the following document for further information:

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