Eurospace - News

Welcome to a new member! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:51:00 PM

Eurospace is happy and proud to announce that its General Assembly approved at its last meeting the candidature of SITAEL S.p.A. as new member.



2015 edition of Space Trends now available 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 12:48:00 PM

Following the great success of the Space Trends first editions, Eurospace is proud to propose you the fourth edition of the report. Space Trends 2015 includes more than 80 graphs, a complete overview of launch activity since 1957, the details of Space activity and trends in 2014 and the complete launch log 2014.
Space Trends 2015 features :
    •    Global analysis of Space activity
    •    Long series analysis (1957 - 2014)
    •    Complete review of 2014 activity and trends, including launch log
    •    All activity segments addressed : launches, spacecraft, missions, customers, manufacturers, procurement, markets,…
    •    More than 80 graphs

We already count among our customers major European and International space institutions (CNES, DLR, ESA, UKSA, ESPI, JAXA, CSA, ISU) and major companies (Airbus, Arianespace, Snecma...).

Order your PDF copy directly from us. Single and multi user licences are available.

Pierre Lionnet


The European Space Industry in 2014 - Pre-release 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 2:40:00 PM

Eurospace announces the upcoming publication of its annual Facts & Figures report. The report is currently being prepared and will be released by the end of June.

As usual the report data is elaborated based on the questionnaires returned by companies in the European space sector. in 2015 we have included 213 companies in our economic model and have received data updates from almost 100 companies, representing more than 90% of the total assessment.

We have prepared a summary of key facts for download here.

Key facts in 2014

Final sales worth 7.25 B€ (+6%)  - Direct industry employment 38 233 FTE (+6%) - 70% of space industry workers hold university degrees and above, a particularly high rate of qualified employment securely rooted in Europe. Women represent more than 20% of space industry employees.
Continued sector growth despite a difficult economic context. Growth in the sector has led to the creation of additional high skilled jobs in Europe.
A resilient and stable business with a cyclical component, where synergies between institutional programmes and commercial competitiveness are essential.
The core business of the European space industry is with European public customers (more than half of sales). As a whole European customers (public and private) represent more than 75% of total sales.
The institutional market has been supported by stable budgets (yet receding in constant economic condition).
Sales to European institutions grew by 240 M€ in 2014 (mostly due to ESA and national programmes including the defence). Sales associated to EU programmes managed by ESA have been very slightly receding.
Exports increased by 195 M€ in 2014 (mostly relevant to government programmes outside EU)
The commercial market has been marked by the cycle uptake since 2005, but cycle downturn is already perceivable in sales (receding by 100 M€) and in lower order intakes reported by companies in recent years.


Pierre Lionnet

ESA Call for Ideas: "Space as a driver for growth and competitiveness: opportunities for the private sector" 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:59:00 PM

As part of its new strategy for space exploration, ESA is looking for commercial partners to share the adventure and benefits of leaving Earth.

Private-sector partners are welcome to join ESA in its space exploration strategy to explore beyond Earth’s horizon by sharing knowledge, capabilities, risks and benefits.

More information:

Sebastien Moranta
Eurospace ExploWG manager

REACH obsolescence risk management workshop 

Monday, March 23, 2015 3:42:00 PM

On the 22nd of April, the joint European Materials & Processes Technology Board and ESA’s Clean Space initiative are holding a one-day workshop on REACH obsolescence risk management for space programs. The main objective of the workshop is to enable a dialogue between industry, national space agencies, and ESA programs on long-term obsolescence risks of REACH. The major challenges the space industry faces as well as an outline of current efforts for risk management will be identified. And a round table discussion is planned to initiate a dialogue on future requirements and needs.

The workshop is open to all European stakeholders interested. Participation is free of charge.

The workshop will be hosted by ESA at ESTEC - Keplerlaan 1 2200 AG Noordwijk The Netherlands.

Please visit the workshop page and register there

Pierre Lionnet



EC/Industry dialogue on Horizon 2020 - Brussels March 13th, 2015 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:18:00 AM
Eurospace announces the first direct EC-Industry dialogue on Horizon 2020 Space

The objective of the workshop is to organise an open EC-industry dialogue on priorities for the Horizon 2020 programme for Space. 
Topics of high relevance will be the definition of the 2016-2017 call and the medium term agenda of Horizon 2020 (call 2018-2019 and beyond).

Please save the date to join the dialogue on March 13th 2015 in Brussels.
Plenty of time will be available for exchanges with the audience.

Registration request: please click here

Workshop information
Title: Priorities for Horizon 2020 Space - EC-Industry dialogue
Attendees: Invitation only
Participation fee: none
Date: March 13th 2015 (full day)
Location: EC - Breydel Auditorium - Avenue d'Auderghem 45, B-1040 Bruxelles.

Important notes: 
Limited seat availability. We will open registrations as soon as possible. You will be informed.
While participation in the workshop itself is free, participants are required to bear their own cost of travel and logistics to and from the workshop venue. neither EC nor Eurospace can provide funding for this.

7th Conference on European Space Policy: Eurospace interventions 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 9:56:00 AM

Following the 7th Conference on European Space Policy held in Brussels on 27 & 28 January 2015, you may find here the speech of Dr. Marco Fuchs, President of Eurospace, delivered in his absence by Jean-Jacques Tortora, Secretary General of Eurospace.

You may also find here the speech delivered by Jean-Jacques Tortora, Secretary General of Eurospace.

Deorbiting Strategies & Cleansat Workshop 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 4:55:00 PM

  On the 17th and 18th of March 2015, ESA will hold a two day event on
  technologies for Space Debris Mitigation (SDM) and the CleanSat programme
  which promotes the evolution of LEO platforms for compliance with the SDM

  Two Day Workshop in March:
     I.      -  The  technical  day on ‘Deorbiting Strategies’ (17/03/2015) The
        Technical  Day  is  focused  on  presenting and summarising European
        knowledge   and   technology  developments  in  the  areas  of  drag
        augmentation  devices  and  solid rocket motors de-orbiting systems.
        The objective of the technical day is to review the current state of
        the  art  and shape recommendations for future research in this area
        through  highly  interactive  sessions which are designed to produce
        actionable results.
     II.     -  The CleanSat Workshop (18/03/2015) The CleanSat Workshop aims at
        involving  the  entire  chain  of  the  European space sector in the
        preparation  of  the  CleanSat  programme.  Space  Debris Mitigation
        requirements  are being enforced worldwide with a high impact on the
        design of LEO spacecraft. The development of products compliant with
        SDM  will increase the competitiveness of the European industry on a
        global  scale.  CleanSat will be an efficient framework for the fast
        implementation  of innovative technologies in upcoming LEO missions,
        promoting the development of common building blocks to stimulate the
        creation of shared supply chains, lowering development and recurrent
        costs.  This  workshop  is  an  essential  step to involve the whole
        European  space  sector in shaping the way forward for the evolution
        of the European LEO platforms.

  If  you  would like to participate in either, or both the above workshops,
  you can find more information and the registration link here.

Space Exploration: The European Industry delivers when challenged by an ambitious vision 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM

12th November 2014. The date of the successful, remotely-navigated “touchdown” of Rosetta's lander Philae to the surface of the Jupiter-family comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - the first in the history of space science and space exploration!

Many have already coined this day as “a small step for a robot, another giant leap for the humankind”. Whereas the entire world is abundant with information on the purpose and complexity of this unique mission, there is merit in highlighting two factors of paramount importance behind this landmark success and any success in future space exploration initiatives.

First and foremost, it always takes a vision. An ambitious, European vision in this case stretching back several decades (initial discussions in late 70’s, agreement to launch the Rosetta mission in 1993). A vision elaborated within the 50-years old European Space Agency aiming for Europe to take center stage as the pioneer in pushing the frontiers of technological excellence and innovation at the service of science and the humanity.

With this ambitious vision at the European level in place industry, national space agencies and RTOs all over Europe and the world were challenged to mobilise their unique skills and resources. And they delivered, through cooperation – the second factor of success. The Rosetta spacecraft involves more than 50 contractors from 15 European countries (13 of which from the EU), Australia, Canada and the USA and across the entire value chain (from large system integrators to components and sub-components suppliers at the SME level). Similarly, the Philae lander is the result of a partnership among leading national space agencies and industries established in 8 EU countries.

Instead of a conclusion, ASD-EUROSPACE, the European association of the space manufacturing industry, seizes this unique opportunity to make the plea for the ESA and EU to step up its engagement and political support to future challenging international initiatives for space exploration. It finally wishes to signal its readiness to contribute to the long-term reflections on other possible ambitious initiatives of Europe through the ESA and the EU in space.

A more thorough presentation of industry views on space exploration is available here.


Space Chromate Task Force kicks off REACH authorisation development for mission-critical uses 

Monday, November 24, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Upon completion of a sign up period the Space Chromate Task Force (STF) for REACH authorisation development held its kick-off meeting for “Phase 2” on 4 November 2014 at Eurospace in Paris.

Several companies from the European space industry have confirmed their membership with STF to share costs and data for the preparation of space-specific elements of authorisation applications in the coming months. Key space industry participants include:

  • AVIO

The STF is assisted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). It is coordinated with the ASD REACH Working Group through STF participants and monitored by the Materials and Processes Technology Board (MPTB). Eurospace is acting as Secretariat, REACHLaw Ltd. as consultant.

The scope of “Phase 2”, which is scheduled to run until September 2015 at the latest, includes:

  • Joint Analysis of Alternatives and Socio-Economic Analysis for the use of chromium trioxide in chromic (or chemical) conversion coating on aluminium alloy parts of space vehicles;
  • Agreement of application for authorisation strategy with key formulators;
  • Development of exemption documentation for laboratory use of Annex XIV-listed chromates.

The final “Phase 3” will be dedicated to dossier finishing and the actual application stage - based on the set-up agreed in Phase 2. The latest application date for chromium trioxide is 21 March 2016.

Contacts for further information:

Tim BECKER, STF Project Manager, REACHLaw Ltd,, +358 40 773 8143

Pierre LIONNET, STF Secretariat, ASD-Eurospace,, +33 (1) 44420070

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