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

Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:49:00 AM

As announced earlier the Chromates Industry Task Force of the European Space Industry (STF) and the European Space Agency (ESA) organised the 1st Space Stakeholders’ Day on REACH on 2 December 2013 at ESA Headquarters in Paris. The event was focusing on the authorisation requirement for uses of chromium trioxide and other Cr(VI) substances under the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. Over 40 participants from the European space community, the aviation sector, chemicals industry and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) were present.

An overall summary of the presentations and discussions can be found in the meeting summary. For further information on the event please review the agenda and presentations below. It should be noted that the presentations only give a “snapshot” concerning any authorisation plans and schedules, which may be subject to future changes; they are to be relied upon at the reader’s own risk.  

If you have further questions on STF and other REACH-related activities in the European space sector, you may contact Mr Pierre LIONNET at

1st Space Stakeholders’ Day on REACH on 2 December 2013 at ESA HQ in Paris 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:58:00 PM

The Chromates Industry Task Force of the European Space Industry (STF) and the European Space Agency (ESA) invite you to participate to the 1st Space Stakeholders’ Day on REACH “How to ensure due authorisation for Cr(VI) in the space sector?”, on Monday, 2 December 2013 (10:00 – 16:00) at ESA Headquarters, Room 344, 8-10 Rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris, France.

With only ca. two years left until latest submission windows for authorisation applications for uses of chromium trioxide and certain other Cr(VI) substances, STF is now about to enter the critical Phase 2 - “Joint Technical Work and Supply Chain Agreements on Authorisation” – to be completed in 2014.

Objectives of the event are to:

  • raise awareness of authorisation issues specific to “space”
  • get the European Chemicals Agency’s clarifications and share experience on technical, regulatory and procedural aspects of the authorisation application process
  • call on European space companies not yet involved in STF activities to join in for Phase 2
  • understand and discuss authorisation strategy of actors in space supply chains and aviation sector
  • help define a clear roadmap to authorisation for space companies and their suppliers in the context of various ongoing joint authorisation activities

The event is open to all stakeholders for and within the European Space Community – both from industry and authority side – who are or may be concerned with REACH authorisation for prioritized hexavalent chromium compounds by the latest application date.

The agenda and further information can be found in the ESA Call for Participation

Registrations should be done as soon as possible by e-mail to

Welcome to our new members! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:19:00 PM

Eurospace is happy and proud to announce that its General Assembly approved at its last meeting the candidatures of two new members:

  • Scisys Ltd.,
  • Proespaço, the association of the Portuguese Space industry.

The involvement of Portugal in our association reinforces our representativeness.

The Van Allen Foundation, accompanied by the French space agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA) 

Monday, July 8, 2013 5:30:00 PM

Since 2006, at the University of Montpellier 2 (France), students, researchers and industrials work together on national and international projects of student-built nanosatellites. Two lines of products are developed : cubesats and triple-cubesats. An economic and quick way for both technological demonstration in orbit  - now possible thanks to the components miniaturization - and training of future engineers. To ensure this activity, this university has launched last year the Van Allen Foundation, with missions of development, promotion and fund collect.  Among its board of directors, some of the best known figures in the international space industry led together the strategy : Franco ONGARO (ESA CTO), Marc PIRCHER (Director of Toulouse Space Centre (CNES) and Member of the Academy of Technologies) , Michel TOGNINI (French astronaut, former Director of ESA’s Astronaut Centre), and the Foundation President Michel Courtois (Former Director of CNES Toulouse and ESA CTO, Member of the Academy of Technologies). No doubt that the results already reached, such as the1st French student-built nanosatellite sent in orbit or international collaborations, are only the beginning of a large range of innovation ways for the entire sector.

For more information, please visit

Eurospace facts and figures 2013 - report now available 

Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:17:00 AM

On June 27th 2013 Eurospace issues the 17th edition of its annual report on the state of the European space industry. The report includes, as usual, all details on sales by customer and by systems as well as workforce information.

A web release with key facts 2012 is available for download here, the full report can be purchased from Eurospace. Contact Pierre Lionnet. Last year's report is now available for free download here.

Pierre Lionnet

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

Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:33:00 AM

A number of Cr(VI) compounds currently used in the European space industry (especially for surface treatment), such as chromium trioxide and sodium dichromate, have been included in the List of Substances subject to Authorisation (Annex XIV) of the EU REACH Regulation (EC No 1907/2006) on chemicals in April 2013. This means that they must in principle not be used or placed on the market for use any longer in the European Economic Area (comprising all EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) after the "sunset date" on 21 September 2017, unless an authorisation for the specific use has been granted by the European Commision to the company using this substance or an eligible upstream supplier. Applications for authorization should be submitted by the “latest application date” on 21 March 2016. Further Cr(VI) compounds, such as strontium chromate, are expected to be included in Annex XIV in the beginning of 2014, with similar sunset and application dates.

The REACH Regulation impacts space systems manufacturing in many significant ways, and while research activities to generate alternative technical solutions have been launched, companies in the space industry will have to ensure due REACH authorisation, until suitable replacements have been identified, qualified and validated for all applications.

In order to ensure that appropriate authorisation dossiers are prepared for uses of prioritized Cr(VI) substances in the European space industry and enable a strong common voice on behalf of the sector, a Space Industry Space Chromates Task Force (TF) assisted by the consultant REACHLaw Ltd. has been set up on 12 June 2013.

The Space Chromates TF is open to all actual and potential users of prioritized Cr(VI) substances in the European space industry as well as their subcontractors.

The Space Chromates TF is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA).

In the first phase of its work the TF will determine the scope of work to be done, including the specific substances and uses for which authorisations should be sought, and launch co-ordinating activities with other authorization groups, suppliers and authorities. Companies willing to join the TF will be able to do so until the end of this phase (by mid-October 2013).

Please contact Pierre Lionnet at Eurospace for information.

Marco Fuchs elected as Eurospace new President 

Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:05:00 AM

On the occasion of Eurospace Council meeting of March 26th 2013, Mr Marco Fuchs - CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of OHB Technology A.G - was elected as Eurospace President, replacing M. Evert Dudok who chaired the association for 5 years.

Eric Morel, ESA Director of PFL, was invited to join the meeting for a discussion on the round of consultations with Industry that ESA is setting up in 2013 in pursuance of the decisions made at the last C-MIN.

Eurospace Exploration WG feedback on ESA CMIN12 

Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:11:00 PM
Although the Exploration package falls short of the industry expectations, the European industry, nevertheless, welcomed the decisions made by ESA Member States at the last Ministerial Conference concerning Space exploration as they answer to the general industry concerns (Eurospace Exploration Position Paper 2012 here).
Through the approval of the MPCV (Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle) Service Module for the ISS and the confirmation of the ExoMARS program, ESA committed to both short and long-term cooperation with NASA and Roskosmos. The strong participation of ESA to these challenging programs will allow Europe to remain at the forefront of Space exploration and science.
Industry also hopes for the timely implementation of the exploration technology roadmaps, as set by ESA in coordination with the European industry. Technologies are the key enablers for Europe to contribute to international cooperation at the level it seeks, i.e. a level that will allow us to be a reliable and valuable partner when it suits, while at the same time, maintaining the possibility of autonomous mission leadership.
Sebastien Moranta

Technology Harmonisation Panel elects new Co-chair 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:36:00 AM

At today's meeting of Eurospace Technology Harmonisation Panel, Dr Rolf Janovsky (OHB) was elected Co-Chair of the Panel, with full support of meeting participants.

The Eurospace Technology and R&T community is happy to welcome Dr Janovsky.

About Dr Janovsky:

Dr. Rolf Janovsky, born in 1962, graduated in 1988 in aeronautics and astronautics at the RWTH Aachen University. In 1994 he got his PhD from the same university with a thesis on horizontal take-off space transportation systems. Since 1994 Dr. Janovsky is employed by OHB System (Bremen), where he had various positions in the pre-development directorate. He was responsible for a number of projects related to manned and unmanned space transportation systems and orbital infrastructure. In 2001 he became head of the Future Transport System Department. From 2004 to 2007 he led the department for Orbital & Transport Systems and Exploration, in 2007 he became the director of pre-development and marketing. Presently, Dr. Janovsky is the head of the space system studies directorate and responsible for space system and technology pre-development in OHB System.

Pierre Lionnet

New Eurospace Working Group - Telecommunications 

Friday, December 21, 2012 4:03:00 PM

Eurospace is happy to announce the formation of a new working group dedicated to Telecommunications.

This new WG held its first official meeting on December 18th 2012 at Eurospace premises. During the meeting, the WG elected Mrs. Agnès Salvatori (Astrium) as chair, and Mr. Michel Masselin (Thales Alenia Space) as vice-chairman for a period of 2 years. The WG also finalized and endorsed the last version of its Terms of Reference, the document will be presented for formal approval to the Eurospace Council during its next meeting. Finally, the WG started the drafting of  a Position Paper that is planned to be circulated in early 2013.

More information, noticeably concerning the activities of the working group will come soon. However, if you wish to participate to the WG or to be kept informed about its activities, please send your e-mail to

Sebastien Moranta


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