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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.

Space Industry Markets WG - new chair elected 

Monday, November 5, 2012 12:46:00 PM

Following the announcement of SIM WG Chair’s retirement at SIM 35th meeting, the election of a new Chair was organised at SIM 36th meeting on October 25th 2012. Participants elected Mr Florent Ferres (Astrium ST) as new SIM WG Chair. Mr Ferres is Head of Market and Competition Analysis, in the Strategy and Market development Unit at Astrium Space Transportation.

Eurospace members and Eurospace executive wish to express their gratitude to Norbert Deutscher, who occupied the SIM WG chairman position since the WG was created in 2003, with neutrality, dedication and dynamism. Thank you Norbert!

REACH-Hydrazine position paper presented at the EC 

Monday, October 15, 2012 4:30:00 PM

On October 11th 2012 a space sector delegation led by Eurospace and composed of representatives from industry and ESA met with EC officials from the REACH and Environment units to formally present the REACH-Hydrazine position paper. The position paper was jointly prepared by industry and agencies (ESA, CNES, DLR) with the support of ESA; it was issued on June 18th 2012.

The presentations prepared by the sector were delivered within the required timeframe and were apparently well understood. It was quite clear also that many meeting participants from the EC had taken the time to review the position paper prior the meeting. This allowed for a fruitful encounter.

The questions raised by the EC were rather technical and addressed either clarification of hydrazine related processes in industry, either clarifications of the legal analysis performed by the sector. They were all addressed satisfactorily.

In conclusion EC (DG ENTR/REACH Unit) assured the space sector delegation that the EC will further its analysis of the position paper and will answer to the legal clarifications request. This might take 'a couple of months'.

Pierre Lionnet


2012 RT Priorities Brochure published 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:17:00 AM

The brand new 2012 edition of Eurospace RT Priorities has just been issued.

Click here to find out more

CleanSpace: Workshop on Active Space Debris Removal 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:13:00 PM

Credits: ESA

As a follow-on to the "Clean Space: Eco-design and Green Technology Workshop" held in ESTEC in June, ESA is now organizing "CleanSpace: Workshop on Active Space Debris Removal" that will address all technological aspects of the active removal of large uncontrolled objects from space as outlined in CleanSpace Branch 4.

The workshop is a 1.5 day event, free of any registration fee and open to the European and non-European public. It will take place at ESA/ESOC in Darmstadt (Germany) from September 17th at 1pm (half day) to September 18th at 6pm (full day), please save these dates.

You can find here the workshop announcement, containing information on Active Debris Removal in CleanSpace and the registration details.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the workshop.

Alessandro Saraceni

Eurospace facts & figures, 2012 edition 

Friday, July 6, 2012 4:06:00 PM

The Eurospace facts and figures report is now available. Since 1996, the facts and figures report presents the consolidated economic situation of the European manufacturing industry (final sales of space systems and related employment), identifying space systems sales of the European industry by customer and by type of system.

Again in 2012 European space industry sales were in growth, supported mainly by the stepped up investment of ESA and member states for launcher development and consolidation activities.

The Eurospace facts and figures report is available in hardcopy from Eurospace. Eurospace members and European institutional stakeholders are entitled to free copies. Contact Pierre Lionnet at Eurospace in Paris for more information.

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