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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.

Eurospace F&F Press release  

Thursday, June 16, 2016 3:13:00 PM

Eurospace is about to issue the 20th edition of Eurospace facts and figures, the annual statistics of European manufacturing industry activity.

The print report is in editing phase, it will be available for distribution before the end of June 2016.

Key facts 2015

  • Final sales worth 7.53 B€ (+4.3%) - Direct industry employment 38 435 FTE (stable) - Women represent about 20% of space industry employees.
  • Sales are growing in all market and product segments. European space sector is facing an unprecedented long series of growing sales.
    • Sales to European institutions (ESA, EU and national agencies) worth 4,1 B€ have supported most of the growth in 2015.
    • Exports of European systems for commercial and institutional customers outside, worth 2 B€, have also contributed to the increase, but to a lesser extent.
    • As with previous years, the improvement of sales has supported growing employment in the sector, although not proportionally. In the past decade the average value of final sales per worker has improved by 32%.

Download the web release 2016 with the main facts of 2015 here.


Space Chromate Task Force concludes REACH authorisation dossier development for chromium trioxide 

Monday, May 23, 2016 7:36:00 PM


The Space Chromate Task Force (STF) has concluded “Phase 2” of its activities: A joint Analysis of Alternatives and Socio-Economic Analysis Report for the use of chromium trioxide in chromic (or chemical) conversion coating (CCC) and the repair or maintenance of such coating on aluminium alloy parts used in launchers and space vehicles (“STF dossier”).

Key elements of this collective work have been used to support the aerospace-related uses of the CTACSub Upstream Application for REACH Authorisation in the ECHA public consultation in October 2015. The authorisation decision by the European Commission is expected in the course of 2017.

A separate application for authorisation based on the STF dossier (“Phase 3”) is therefore currently not envisaged by STF. It would also require addition of a Chemical Safety Report. 

Third parties interested in acquiring access to the STF dossier are advised to contact the STF Secretariat: Pierre LIONNET, ASD-Eurospace,, +33 (1) 44420070.

STF is an initiative of several companies from the European space industry to collaborate on the issue of mission-critical uses of Cr(VI) substances for the purpose of compliance with the EU chemicals legislation REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006). Key space industry participants include:



·       AVIO


·       HERAKLES


·       RUAG SPACE


The STF is assisted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). It is coordinated with the ASD REACH Implementation 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 sunset date for chromium trioxide and some other chromates included in the REACH authorisation list (Annex XIV) is 21 September 2017. From this date, the placing on the market and use of those substances on their own or as part of formulations will in principle be banned in the European Union, unless an authorisation covering the use has been granted by the European Commission. Downstream users relying on an authorisation granted to an upstream supplier (e.g. the manufacturers and importers within CTACSub) have to notify ECHA according to REACH Article 66 after the granting of the authorisation.


EU Parliament Sky & Space Intergroup Discusses Space-based Solutions to Tackle Climate Change  

Monday, November 30, 2015 4:36:00 PM

On 18 November 2015, the Sky & Space Intergroup of the European Parliament successfully held its first "space" event: "To COP21 and Beyond: the Space Contribution to the Fight Against Climate Change".

The lunch-debate gathered together high-level speakers and participants from the European Institutions, Industry, Permanent Representations to the EU, Research and Academia as well as various other stakeholders to discuss how space-based solutions, and in particular a European capacity for emissions monitoring, can contribute to the fight against climate change.

You may find here the press release of the event, as well as some photos.

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


Save the date, April 26-27 2016 in Lausanne (CH): Eurospace technology priorities workshop 

Monday, November 16, 2015 3:59:00 PM

Eurospace, the trade association of the European Space manufacturing industry, has now an established tradition of organizing a professional high level workshop to periodically review the key stakes for space technology in Europe and present its technology  roadmaps.

In the perspective of the next ESA Council at ministerial level in 2016, Eurospace has the pleasure to inform you that its next technology workshop will be held: on April 26-27, 2016, at the Lausanne Space Center, in coordination with the Swiss Space Center.

This will be an invitation only free-of-charge event, please mark your agendas.  We will launch the invitations early in 2016.

P. Lionnet


EPIC - Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness - Project website 

Friday, November 13, 2015 6:45:00 PM

The European Commission has funded, as part of the Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme 2014, a Programme Support Activity (PSA) for the implementation of a Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) on “In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping”.

The “Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness” (EPIC) is the PSA project for the Electric Propulsion SRC.

Electric propulsion has been identified by European actors as a strategic technology for improving the European competitiveness in different space areas such as in-space operations and transportation. The European Commission has set up the “In-space Electrical Propulsion and Station-Keeping” Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) in Horizon 2020 with the goal of enabling major advances in Electric Propulsion for in-space operations and transportation, in order to contribute to guarantee the leadership of European capabilities in electric propulsion at world level within the 2020-2030 timeframe, always in coherence with the existing and planned developments at national, commercial and ESA level.

The SRC set-up was initiated in the 2014 H2020 Space Work Programme (COMPET-3-2014) with the funding of the EPIC PSA, which has the mandate to, mainly, design the SRC, monitor its evolution and support the Commission on its implementation.

Find more information at EPIC project's website.

Exploration Position Paper 

Thursday, October 22, 2015 12:20:00 PM
Eurospace is pleased to share with you its latest version of the position paper for space Exploration. This document reflects the European Industry point of view on Exploration objectives for the coming years.

This position is focusing on:
- Recommendations for an affordable European Space Exploration Programme in International cooperation.
- Advices for the protection of Europe and Industry stakes.
- Suggestions for an improved sustainability of a European Exploration Programme.
For more information please contact Jean-Charles Treuet

Welcome to a new member! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:51:00 PM

Eurospace is happy and proud to announce that its General Assembly approved at its last meeting the candidature of SITAEL S.p.A. as new member.



2015 edition of Space Trends now available 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 12:48:00 PM

Following the great success of the Space Trends first editions, Eurospace is proud to propose you the fourth edition of the report. Space Trends 2015 includes more than 80 graphs, a complete overview of launch activity since 1957, the details of Space activity and trends in 2014 and the complete launch log 2014.
Space Trends 2015 features :
    •    Global analysis of Space activity
    •    Long series analysis (1957 - 2014)
    •    Complete review of 2014 activity and trends, including launch log
    •    All activity segments addressed : launches, spacecraft, missions, customers, manufacturers, procurement, markets,…
    •    More than 80 graphs

We already count among our customers major European and International space institutions (CNES, DLR, ESA, UKSA, ESPI, JAXA, CSA, ISU) and major companies (Airbus, Arianespace, Snecma...).

Order your PDF copy directly from us. Single and multi user licences are available.

Pierre Lionnet


The European Space Industry in 2014 - Pre-release 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 2:40:00 PM

Eurospace announces the upcoming publication of its annual Facts & Figures report. The report is currently being prepared and will be released by the end of June.

As usual the report data is elaborated based on the questionnaires returned by companies in the European space sector. in 2015 we have included 213 companies in our economic model and have received data updates from almost 100 companies, representing more than 90% of the total assessment.

We have prepared a summary of key facts for download here.

Key facts in 2014

Final sales worth 7.25 B€ (+6%)  - Direct industry employment 38 233 FTE (+6%) - 70% of space industry workers hold university degrees and above, a particularly high rate of qualified employment securely rooted in Europe. Women represent more than 20% of space industry employees.
Continued sector growth despite a difficult economic context. Growth in the sector has led to the creation of additional high skilled jobs in Europe.
A resilient and stable business with a cyclical component, where synergies between institutional programmes and commercial competitiveness are essential.
The core business of the European space industry is with European public customers (more than half of sales). As a whole European customers (public and private) represent more than 75% of total sales.
The institutional market has been supported by stable budgets (yet receding in constant economic condition).
Sales to European institutions grew by 240 M€ in 2014 (mostly due to ESA and national programmes including the defence). Sales associated to EU programmes managed by ESA have been very slightly receding.
Exports increased by 195 M€ in 2014 (mostly relevant to government programmes outside EU)
The commercial market has been marked by the cycle uptake since 2005, but cycle downturn is already perceivable in sales (receding by 100 M€) and in lower order intakes reported by companies in recent years.


Pierre Lionnet

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