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REACH obsolescence risk management workshop 

Monday, March 23, 2015 3:42:00 PM

On the 22nd of April, the joint European Materials & Processes Technology Board and ESA’s Clean Space initiative are holding a one-day workshop on REACH obsolescence risk management for space programs. The main objective of the workshop is to enable a dialogue between industry, national space agencies, and ESA programs on long-term obsolescence risks of REACH. The major challenges the space industry faces as well as an outline of current efforts for risk management will be identified. And a round table discussion is planned to initiate a dialogue on future requirements and needs.

The workshop is open to all European stakeholders interested. Participation is free of charge.

The workshop will be hosted by ESA at ESTEC - Keplerlaan 1 2200 AG Noordwijk The Netherlands.

Please visit the workshop page and register there

Pierre Lionnet



EC/Industry dialogue on Horizon 2020 - Brussels March 13th, 2015 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:18:00 AM
Eurospace announces the first direct EC-Industry dialogue on Horizon 2020 Space

The objective of the workshop is to organise an open EC-industry dialogue on priorities for the Horizon 2020 programme for Space. 
Topics of high relevance will be the definition of the 2016-2017 call and the medium term agenda of Horizon 2020 (call 2018-2019 and beyond).

Please save the date to join the dialogue on March 13th 2015 in Brussels.
Plenty of time will be available for exchanges with the audience.

Registration request: please click here

Workshop information
Title: Priorities for Horizon 2020 Space - EC-Industry dialogue
Attendees: Invitation only
Participation fee: none
Date: March 13th 2015 (full day)
Location: EC - Breydel Auditorium - Avenue d'Auderghem 45, B-1040 Bruxelles.

Important notes: 
Limited seat availability. We will open registrations as soon as possible. You will be informed.
While participation in the workshop itself is free, participants are required to bear their own cost of travel and logistics to and from the workshop venue. neither EC nor Eurospace can provide funding for this.

7th Conference on European Space Policy: Eurospace interventions 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 9:56:00 AM

Following the 7th Conference on European Space Policy held in Brussels on 27 & 28 January 2015, you may find here the speech of Dr. Marco Fuchs, President of Eurospace, delivered in his absence by Jean-Jacques Tortora, Secretary General of Eurospace.

You may also find here the speech delivered by Jean-Jacques Tortora, Secretary General of Eurospace.

Deorbiting Strategies & Cleansat Workshop 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 4:55:00 PM

  On the 17th and 18th of March 2015, ESA will hold a two day event on
  technologies for Space Debris Mitigation (SDM) and the CleanSat programme
  which promotes the evolution of LEO platforms for compliance with the SDM

  Two Day Workshop in March:
     I.      -  The  technical  day on ‘Deorbiting Strategies’ (17/03/2015) The
        Technical  Day  is  focused  on  presenting and summarising European
        knowledge   and   technology  developments  in  the  areas  of  drag
        augmentation  devices  and  solid rocket motors de-orbiting systems.
        The objective of the technical day is to review the current state of
        the  art  and shape recommendations for future research in this area
        through  highly  interactive  sessions which are designed to produce
        actionable results.
     II.     -  The CleanSat Workshop (18/03/2015) The CleanSat Workshop aims at
        involving  the  entire  chain  of  the  European space sector in the
        preparation  of  the  CleanSat  programme.  Space  Debris Mitigation
        requirements  are being enforced worldwide with a high impact on the
        design of LEO spacecraft. The development of products compliant with
        SDM  will increase the competitiveness of the European industry on a
        global  scale.  CleanSat will be an efficient framework for the fast
        implementation  of innovative technologies in upcoming LEO missions,
        promoting the development of common building blocks to stimulate the
        creation of shared supply chains, lowering development and recurrent
        costs.  This  workshop  is  an  essential  step to involve the whole
        European  space  sector in shaping the way forward for the evolution
        of the European LEO platforms.

  If  you  would like to participate in either, or both the above workshops,
  you can find more information and the registration link here.

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.


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