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Eurospace facts and figures 2013 - report now available 

Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:17:00 AM

On June 27th 2013 Eurospace issues the 17th edition of its annual report on the state of the European space industry. The report includes, as usual, all details on sales by customer and by systems as well as workforce information.

A web release with key facts 2012 is available for download here, the full report can be purchased from Eurospace. Contact Pierre Lionnet. Last year's report is now available for free download here.

Pierre Lionnet

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

Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:33:00 AM

A number of Cr(VI) compounds currently used in the European space industry (especially for surface treatment), such as chromium trioxide and sodium dichromate, have been included in the List of Substances subject to Authorisation (Annex XIV) of the EU REACH Regulation (EC No 1907/2006) on chemicals in April 2013. This means that they must in principle not be used or placed on the market for use any longer in the European Economic Area (comprising all EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) after the "sunset date" on 21 September 2017, unless an authorisation for the specific use has been granted by the European Commision to the company using this substance or an eligible upstream supplier. Applications for authorization should be submitted by the “latest application date” on 21 March 2016. Further Cr(VI) compounds, such as strontium chromate, are expected to be included in Annex XIV in the beginning of 2014, with similar sunset and application dates.

The REACH Regulation impacts space systems manufacturing in many significant ways, and while research activities to generate alternative technical solutions have been launched, companies in the space industry will have to ensure due REACH authorisation, until suitable replacements have been identified, qualified and validated for all applications.

In order to ensure that appropriate authorisation dossiers are prepared for uses of prioritized Cr(VI) substances in the European space industry and enable a strong common voice on behalf of the sector, a Space Industry Space Chromates Task Force (TF) assisted by the consultant REACHLaw Ltd. has been set up on 12 June 2013.

The Space Chromates TF is open to all actual and potential users of prioritized Cr(VI) substances in the European space industry as well as their subcontractors.

The Space Chromates TF is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA).

In the first phase of its work the TF will determine the scope of work to be done, including the specific substances and uses for which authorisations should be sought, and launch co-ordinating activities with other authorization groups, suppliers and authorities. Companies willing to join the TF will be able to do so until the end of this phase (by mid-October 2013).

Please contact Pierre Lionnet at Eurospace for information.

Marco Fuchs elected as Eurospace new President 

Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:05:00 AM

On the occasion of Eurospace Council meeting of March 26th 2013, Mr Marco Fuchs - CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of OHB Technology A.G - was elected as Eurospace President, replacing M. Evert Dudok who chaired the association for 5 years.

Eric Morel, ESA Director of PFL, was invited to join the meeting for a discussion on the round of consultations with Industry that ESA is setting up in 2013 in pursuance of the decisions made at the last C-MIN.

Eurospace Exploration WG feedback on ESA CMIN12 

Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:11:00 PM
Although the Exploration package falls short of the industry expectations, the European industry, nevertheless, welcomed the decisions made by ESA Member States at the last Ministerial Conference concerning Space exploration as they answer to the general industry concerns (Eurospace Exploration Position Paper 2012 here).
Through the approval of the MPCV (Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle) Service Module for the ISS and the confirmation of the ExoMARS program, ESA committed to both short and long-term cooperation with NASA and Roskosmos. The strong participation of ESA to these challenging programs will allow Europe to remain at the forefront of Space exploration and science.
Industry also hopes for the timely implementation of the exploration technology roadmaps, as set by ESA in coordination with the European industry. Technologies are the key enablers for Europe to contribute to international cooperation at the level it seeks, i.e. a level that will allow us to be a reliable and valuable partner when it suits, while at the same time, maintaining the possibility of autonomous mission leadership.
Sebastien Moranta

Technology Harmonisation Panel elects new Co-chair 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:36:00 AM

At today's meeting of Eurospace Technology Harmonisation Panel, Dr Rolf Janovsky (OHB) was elected Co-Chair of the Panel, with full support of meeting participants.

The Eurospace Technology and R&T community is happy to welcome Dr Janovsky.

About Dr Janovsky:

Dr. Rolf Janovsky, born in 1962, graduated in 1988 in aeronautics and astronautics at the RWTH Aachen University. In 1994 he got his PhD from the same university with a thesis on horizontal take-off space transportation systems. Since 1994 Dr. Janovsky is employed by OHB System (Bremen), where he had various positions in the pre-development directorate. He was responsible for a number of projects related to manned and unmanned space transportation systems and orbital infrastructure. In 2001 he became head of the Future Transport System Department. From 2004 to 2007 he led the department for Orbital & Transport Systems and Exploration, in 2007 he became the director of pre-development and marketing. Presently, Dr. Janovsky is the head of the space system studies directorate and responsible for space system and technology pre-development in OHB System.

Pierre Lionnet

New Eurospace Working Group - Telecommunications 

Friday, December 21, 2012 4:03:00 PM

Eurospace is happy to announce the formation of a new working group dedicated to Telecommunications.

This new WG held its first official meeting on December 18th 2012 at Eurospace premises. During the meeting, the WG elected Mrs. Agnès Salvatori (Astrium) as chair, and Mr. Michel Masselin (Thales Alenia Space) as vice-chairman for a period of 2 years. The WG also finalized and endorsed the last version of its Terms of Reference, the document will be presented for formal approval to the Eurospace Council during its next meeting. Finally, the WG started the drafting of  a Position Paper that is planned to be circulated in early 2013.

More information, noticeably concerning the activities of the working group will come soon. However, if you wish to participate to the WG or to be kept informed about its activities, please send your e-mail to

Sebastien Moranta


Eurospace position on ECSS future 

Friday, December 7, 2012 1:48:00 PM

The ECSS Steering Board Eurospace representatives, MM. Fiat and Le Moine, (CTOs of Thales Alenia Space and Astrium) sent an e-mail to Mr. Wolfgang Veith, head of the ESA Product Assurance and Safety Department to express the views and concerns of Eurospace on the ECSS future:

The European Coordination on Space Standardization (ECSS) has now achieved a level of maturity and recognition among the space industry that make it a strong asset for our operations in Europe and on world markets. This complete set of space standards addressing Management, Quality and Engineering domains developed with contributions from the Space Agencies and Industry of Europe has no match worldwide. It allows efficient agreements to be found in the frame of projects within Europe but also when addressing export markets.
ECSS added value resides in the consistent baseline of documents jointly discussed between European players and supported by tailoring principles for easy adaptation to product and projects needs.This set of documents needs to be maintained according to the feedback coming from its operational use and evolution of technologies not waiting for detriemental revision time of the standards or issue of new ones if required. EUROSPACE are committed to the development and maintenance of ECSS in order for Europe to remain at the edge of space standards and to benefit in the future from the positive effects of standardization. EUROSPACE express the wish that ESA and the National Space Agencies pursue their strong involvement in ECSS and maintain the positive spirit that has allowed the development and success of ECSSECSS is our common asset, let's make it our common success!*
Michel Fiat & Michel Le Moine

This position has been endorsed as a global Eurospace position during the STWG Meeting on November 15th 2012.

Sebastien Moranta

2013 Harmonisation Calendar issued 

Monday, December 3, 2012 10:54:00 AM

The dates for ESA 2013 Technology Harmonisation Process have been issued.

The 1st cycle Mapping Meeting will be held on Febraury 5-6th, whereas the 2nd one will take place on April 16-17th.

Industry representatives are invited but they must register through Eurospace; the agenda will be distributed as soon as made available by ESA.

The 2013 Harmonisation Process will deal with the following topics:

1st cycle:

  • Technologies for Optical Passive Instruments – Stable and Lightweight Structures
  • Technologies for Optical Passive Instruments –Mirrors
  • AOCS Sensors and Actuators: Star Trackers, APS, IMU's and Wheels
  • Pyrotechnic devices

2nd cycle

  • Cryogenics and Focal Plane cooling
  • On Board Radio Navigation Receivers
  • Critical Active RF Technologies
  • Power Management and Distribution

In addition to the above, the finalisation on the Roadmap for the topic of Frequency & Time Generation and Distribution – Space, put on-hold in 2011, will take place in the first half of 2013.

The finalisation of the Composite Materials Roadmap, put on-hold in 2011, will also be addressed as part of one of the nominal harmonisation cycles in 2013. Eurospace will also be requested to comment the conclusions of the Composite Materials Workshop held in June 2011.


Alessandro Saraceni

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:17:00 PM

The EU Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 ("REACH") creates a new legal framework for the use of chemical substances in Europe (i.e. the 27 EU Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). Multiple Cr(VI) compounds currently used in the European space industry – for example chromium trioxide as part of Alodine 1200 for surface treatment – are or will be included in the list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) subject to Authorisation (Annex XIV) of REACH in the beginning of 2013 and 2014. This means that they must no longer be used after “sunset dates” specified in Annex XIV, unless an authorisation has been granted to the user or the upstream manufacturer/importer. Authorisation applies regardless of the quantity used, and in addition to the REACH registration requirement. 

Today Cr(VI) compounds are still critical components for space systems, as their complete substitution by suitable safer alternatives by the estimated “sunset dates” will not be possible. Lacking appropriate action, Cr(VI) usage in the European industry will be forbidden by 2017. This is why ESA  together with the space industry industry has formed a Space Chromates Task Force in October 2012 in order to ensure continued use of Cr(VI) - where necessary - throughout the whole European space supply chain under the REACH authorisation scheme, also after 2017. The first operational activity of the Task Force is an information collection on Cr(VI) usage in the European space sector, in order to identify the Cr(VI) substances used, the organisations using them, the nature of the uses, other supply chain actors and authorisation intentions.

If your organisation is using/handling Cr(VI) substances for the development, production, and/or testing of space systems, it is concerned by REACH and shall contact Eurospace at the earliest to ensure that your organisation will be part of the joint activities of the Space Chromates Task Force.


Pierre Lionnet

Letter to ESA DG and Heads of Delegations 

Friday, November 16, 2012 9:30:00 AM

On November 9th, Jean)Jacques Tortora, Secretary General of Eurospace, wrote to ESA Director General and Heads of Delegations to highlight the main staked of the upcoming Council at inisterial level, and urging them to maintain a consistent level of effort with a view of:

  • Pursuing the partnership with industry aiming to support its competitiveness, in particular through the swift implementation of the top five recommendations stemming from the ESA-Industry consultation that took place during the first semester 2012;
  • Paving the way to enable the deployment of future effective and sustainable Europe-led space- based infrastructures to serve the needs of European citizens and institutions;
  • Consolidating the position of Europe in space which is a key condition for Europe to get the share it deserves in future international cooperations;
  • Continuing to promote scientific excellence.

You can download the the letter here.

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