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Sharing A Future Satellite Communications Capability For Governmental Purposes: Position Paper from EUROSPACE 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:22:00 AM

In December 2013 the EU Council (Heads of States & Governments) reaffirmed its commitment to “delivering key capabilities and addressing critical shortfalls through concrete projects by Member States, supported by the European Defence Agency”. To this end it authorized inter alia further efforts towards “the next generation of Governmental Satellite Communication through close cooperation between the Member States, the Commission and the European Space Agency”. 

In this context, Eurospace, the European Trade Association of the space manufacturing industry, has just published a position paper with a view to expressing its full support to the GOVSATCOM initiative and also signal its readiness to contribute to the discussions aiming to prepare for the post-2025 generation possibly through a new paradigm.

From a European space manufacturing Industry perspective this initiative represents a compelling case of the value-added of a European approach to the benefit of the EU, its Member States and the European Industry. Its success will be benchmarked against the criteria of (i) the impact on the competitiveness of this sector and (ii) the satisfaction of the European and National Governmental needs for autonomous, secure, satellites-enabled communications across the world.

Call for Participation in Space Chromate Task Force for REACH authorisation development 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 12:02:00 PM

With this web announcement, Eurospace invites European space companies and contractors or sub-contractors to the European Space Agency to join the Space Chromate Task Force (STF) for REACH authorisation development. A broad participation of concerned industrial actors is encouraged. Find here the ESA support letter explaining the background and objectives.

The scope of STF (“Phase 2”), to which companies will commit initially in case of joining the STF, includes:

  • Joint Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEA) for the use of chromium trioxide in Bonderite M-CR 1200 known as Alodine 1200 for chromic conversion coating on space hardware surfaces;
  • Agreement of application for authorisation strategy with key formulators;
  • Development of exemption documentation for laboratory use of Annex XIV-listed chromates - optional.

The total net cost for the mandatory parts of Phase 2 (AoA, SEA, agreement on application strategy with key formulator) is in the order of EUR 200,000 to be equally shared among participating entities (a minimum of 5 entities will be required to start activities). The work is planned to be completed by September 2015. REACHLaw Ltd. as the consultant is responsible for the work.

The subsequent finalization and submission of application(s) for authorisation will require additional work and funding (to be determined in 2015).  

In order to obtain all information needed to join STF, please contact Tim BECKER (REACHLaw Ltd,, +358 40 773 8143) in the first place and/or Pierre LIONNET (ASD-Eurospace,, +33 (1) 44420070).  

The deadline for joining STF is October 31st, 2014. After that Eurospace will request each STF Member to sign a Purchase Order for its individual cost share and a Kick-Off Meeting shall be held as soon as possible.

Please note that all documents required for the sign-up have been agreed amongst the participants until the end of Phase 1 of STF (“Scoping Phase”). Hence, they are not subject to further negotiation of contents during the sign-up.

Please read also for reference:

Summary and presentations from 1st Space Stakeholders’ Day on REACH on 2 December 2013 here

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

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


Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Eurospace SIM WG released its first position paper on June 2014. This paper presents the main data and facts about the European space manufacturing industry in 2013. The full data sets and information will be released by end of July with the Eurospace facts and figures report. The report is distributed widely across Europe, including industry (Eurospace members and companies supporting the survey) and European institutions. 

Download the position paper here.


Eurospace contribution to Horizon 2020 Call 2016 consultation 

Friday, June 13, 2014 1:32:00 PM

The European Consultation has initiated the consultation process to define the contents of the 2016 Work Programme for Horizon 2020/Space.

Within this consultation Eurospace has organised the collection and consolidation of views of the European space industry in the frame of its Technology policy Working Group (TPWG). The consolidated views of the sector are presented in a document available for download here.

For more information please contact Pierre LIONNET at Eurospace.



Friday, May 23, 2014 4:31:00 PM

'European Space Solutions 2014' is an event around satellite navigation programs (EGNOS and Galileo) and Sustainable Transport(featuring a specific session on aviation) that will be held in Prague from the 11th to 13th of June 2014.

Visit the 'European Space Solutions 2014' website here


European Space Solutions

Key concerns of the Aeronautic, Space and Defence industry about REACH 

Friday, May 23, 2014 10:02:00 AM

The ASD REACH Working Group, has released an analysis of the sector's key concerns regarding REACH.

This information is available on ASD's REACH information page here.

Eurospace Council meeting - April 1st, 2014 

Monday, March 31, 2014 2:27:00 PM

Mr. Jack Bosma for a presentation/discussion on its first findings regarding ESA procurement policy in his still recent position of Ombudsman.

Call for interest in using ESA's inventions 

Thursday, February 6, 2014 4:53:00 PM

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Companies and organisations from ESA Member States and Canada are invited to submit their interest in using ESA's inventions. 

The goal of this call for interest is to make ESA's portfolio and licensing conditions more openly visible to European Space Industry and to encourage its use and licensing. 

Please consult the following document for further information:

Perspectives Spatiales 2014 - 13 février, Paris 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 3:20:00 PM

The seminar "Perspectives spatiales 2014" is the first annual dedicated to space meeting  in France. The event will gather, in February 13th, nearly 200 public and private decision-makers representing the entire value chain of the French and European space sector.

Organizer: Euroconsult



Business Bridge: 6th Annual Conference on EU Space Policy - 28 & 29 January 2014, Brussels 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 3:07:00 PM

On the Agenda for discussion:

  • European Space Industry: Facing the Challenge of Competitiveness
  • International Dimension of Space: Cooperation and Competition
  • EU Space Programmes: Prospective State-of-play
  • The Growing Role of Satellite Telecommunications, and New Challenges for Operators
  • What are the New Challenges and Opportunities for Europe in Space?
  • The Defence and Security Dimension of Space Services and Activities

Organised by Business Bridge Europe in collaboration with:
The European Commission, the European Parliament and its Sky and Space Intergroup, the European Council, the European Space Agency, Eurospace, and key actors from the space industry and space-user sectors.


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