At the occasion of a Sky & Space intergroup event held last 21st November on the future of space research in Europe after 2020, European Commission’s DG GROW Director Philippe Brunet and Eurospace President Jean-Loic Galle signed the grant for a two-year long pilot-project on “space technologies for Europe” (STEPP).
In line with the ambition of the “Space strategy for Europe” to explore new approaches to leverage private sector investments and partnerships with industry, this pilot-project, initiated by MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu, is expected to contribute to the implementation of this action. More specifically, the objective of the project is to assess the conditions for the establishment of a Joint technology Initiative for space technology in Europe and to test the viability of the JTI approach by applying the prototype tools and structures to two pilot topics - the two Pilot topics, as proposed by the European Parliament, are "de-orbiting" and "Innovative (critical) materials".
This move towards the creation of a Joint Technology Initiative for the space sector should enable to promote improved technology readiness throughout the space industrial value chain in a balanced way, with the result of accelerating innovation in space systems, supported by the risk-free market introduction of mature space technologies, thus paving the way for European competitiveness and non-dependence in space applications and services.
Summary of the discussions can be found here and a selection of pictures taken at the occasion of the event can be uploaded on the link hereafter:
More information on the pilot-project are available here
From left to right: at STEPP project’s signing ceremony, MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu, Eurospace President Jean-Loic Galle, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, DG GROW’s director Philippe Brunet and MEP Monika Hohlmeier (Chair of the sky & space intergroup), all united to support space research after 2020, European competitiveness and leadership in space.