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Reviewing ESA-Industry relationship - Concluding Conference in ESTEC on 29 May 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 4:04:00 PM

During 35 years of working together, ESA and industry have formed a mature relationship, but gradually this relationship has become more complex, and the world has changed. This called for an in-depth review, aimed at simplifying the mature relationship between ESA and space industry, the first steps were through a consultation process with industry.  In spring this year, this consultation has been carried out in a number of workshops at ESA facilities, jointly organised with EUROSPACE and with the involvement of SME4Space. Each workshop dealing with a number of important topics.

The outcomes of these workshops will be presented at the Concluding Conference at ESTEC in Noordwijk on 29 May. More information:

At this conference, ESA’s Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, Directors and ESA experts will meet with Member State delegates and with space industry CEOs and managers to debate the conclusions of these workshops and find ways forward. The results of these discussions will be presented at ESA’s Ministerial Council in November this year.

Olivier Lemaitre

CleanSpace: Eco-Design and Green Technologies - June 20th-21st 

Friday, May 4, 2012 2:43:00 PM

ESA and Eurospace are jointly organising a workshop called Clean Space: Eco-Design and Green Technologies.

This 1.5 day event (June 20th-21st) will see participants and speakers from Industry, ESA, the European Commission and National Delegations. It will be held in ESTEC and the programme will soon be distributed together with the registration link.

By being a pioneer in adopting an eco-friendly approach (e.g. REACh compliance and  environmental life cycle assessment, debris mitigation) and green technologies (e.g. green materials and processes, green propellants , technology for debris mitigation), Europe can develop new processes and technologies and be well-positioned to help shape and comply with future regulations in these areas.

Mapping the road ahead saves crucial time. Enterprises that focus on meeting emerging norms gain more time to experiment with materials, technologies and processes and this yields substantial first mover advantages in terms of fostering innovation, which will enable industry to change the way they think about technologies and processes.

Alessandro Saraceni

April 20th 2012: Eurospace meets the EC Space Policy Unit 

Thursday, April 26, 2012 2:00:00 PM

On April 20th Eurospace met with representatives of the EC DG Enterprise Space Policy Unit for an informal briefing on topics of relevance for the space industry, and in particular:

  • The question of the transfer of ECSS standards to CEN
  • The upcoming industry position paper on Hydrazine usage with regard to the REACH legislation

The meeting was very constructive, and all information was passed.

On the way out of the EC Breydel building in Brussels the Eurospace team could experience a brief encounter of the third kind...

Pierre Lionnet, Claire Chaudière, Olivier Lemaître


Technology Harmonisation Mapping - Second cycle 2012 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:13:00 AM

On April 17th and 18th Eurospace attends the technology harmonisation Mapping meetings organised at ESTEC by ESA.

Eurospace will present industry consolidated views on the following topics:

  1. Chemical propulsion - components
  2. Aerothermodynamics tools
  3. TT&C transponders and payload data transmitters
  4. Optical communications for space

Next steps of this harmonisation round are:

  1. ESA draft roadmaps issued for industry comments on August 31st 2012.
  2. Eurospace Technology Harmonisation Panel meeting to collect/review industry views on ESA draft roadmaps on September 27th 2012.
  3. ESA-Eurospace (restricted) meeting to present industry consolidated views on Roadmaps on October 23rd 2012.

Mark your agendas.

Pierre Lionnet & Alessandro Saraceni

European Parliament adopts report on "A space strategy for the EU that benefits its citizens" 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 3:47:00 PM

The final version of the ITRE committee report on “A space strategy for the European Union that benefits its citizens” (rapporteur MEP A. Patriciello (EPP, IT))  has been adopted by a large majority during the plenary meeting of the European parliament on 19 January.

Eurospace considers particularly important that the European Parliament 

  • recognised space of strategic importance for Europe and a key element for its independent decision-making and action;
  • stressed the need for a greater understanding of the dependence on space of essential sectors and encourages the Member States and the Commission to promote the importance of space;
  • recognised that Europe must maintain independent access to space
  • urged the Commission and the other institutions to include financing for GMES in the multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020;
  • considered that a European R&D policy for space must ensure the availability of needed technologies with the appropriate maturity and the required level of non-dependence, and at competitive conditions;

Olivier Lemaitre


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