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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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New Eurospace position paper on Space exploration 

Friday, June 29, 2012 2:43:00 PM

The Eurospace Exploration Working Group issued a new position paper on Space exploration which has been approved by the Eurospace council during its last meeting.

This position paper aims at presenting the views and concerns of the European Space industry on Space exploration. During the discussion, the industry representatives (Astrium, Thales Alenia Space, OHB Space systems, RUAG Space, Kayser-Threde, Snecma, MT Aerospace, Telespazio,...) agreed to focus on 3 main messages:

1- Space Exploration, a focus of European excellence, is part of human desire to explore. It drives innovation in scientific and technological fields and generates economic, political and societal benefits and returns.
2- Industry looks for a clear political support with a long-term planning and an adequate funding to:
- Increase the European non-dependency to avoid risks on schedule and funding.
Partnership is a key for Space exploration missions, thus a non-dependant Europe can develop strong and stable international collaboration.
- Improve its technical excellence and competitiveness.
3- Industry supports the on-going programs, notably ExoMars and ISS Exploitation, as well as the preparation of the next long-term exploration missions.
On-going programs are the necessary first steps. The next row of missions shall be scheduled in continuity so that they can benefit from the experience gained on the on-going ones; their preparatory phases should therefore occur in short term.
You can download the full position paper here.
You will find the other Eurospace position papers here.
Sébastien Moranta

Position paper on REACH and Hydrazine in the space sector 

Monday, June 18, 2012 6:57:00 PM

Today Eurospace has issued to ECHA and the EC its position paper on Hydrazine usage in the space sector with regard to REACH.

The position paper was prepared by an ad hoc industry Task Force with the active support and endorsement of ESA, CNES and DLR.

Based on the assessments carried out, the European space industry is of the opinion that all propellant-related use of hydrazine for space applications is exempted from REACH authorisation subject to the criteria given in the Position Paper.

Please read the position paper here.

Pierre Lionnet



Debate on Horizon 2020 and Space Research 

Thursday, June 7, 2012 11:05:00 AM

With the current 7th EU Framework programme for R&D coming to an end in 2013, the European Union is preparing for the future of EU space research. On June 5th, the S&D Group of the European Parliament organised a Conference entitled Horizon 2020 and Space Research, chaired by MEP Vittorio Prodit (chairman of the Sky & Space Intergroup) to develop awareness and understanding of the position of space within Horizon 2020.

Eurospace Secretary General, Jean-Jacques Tortora and Director of Research, Pierre Lionnet, delivered speeches about the ambitions and concerns of the space manufacturing Industry regaring EU funded space R&D.

Olivier Lemaitre

Space Trends 2012 out now! 

Friday, May 11, 2012 2:10:00 PM

Eurospace is happy to propose you a new publication called Space Trends.

"Space Trends" consists in a detailed quantitative assessment of the Space activity worldwide and aims at identifying the main features of the sector.
This report presents historical evolution of the global Space activity from different angles: launches, missions, customers, manufacturers, markets, procurement,… In each case, statistical analyses are provided, highlighting the most outstanding trends.  
Space Trends is planned to be released annually and  will naturally enrich along the years. Each edition comprises a specific “Focus of the year”. This first issue more specifically deals with the "small" spacecraft activity.
Find out more here.
Sebastien Moranta

ESA consultation on Best Practice Manual 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 4:12:00 PM

ESA has reviewed over the last year the Best Practice Manual, aiming for full coherence with the new Procurement regulations and TEB Manual, but also taking on board lessons learnt from the past.

The latest version of the document will be proposed to the final approval of the ESA Industrial Policy Committee in June.

In this perspective, ESA has invited Eurospace to set up a consultation with industry on this issue (in Paris, on 23 May) in order to get the inputs from the suppliers side.

This will be the opportunity for companies to convey their concerns and suggestions so as to improve the procurement process of the Agency.

Olivier Lemaitre

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