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Eurospace coorganised a conference entitled “Agriculture: a new frontier for the European Space Policy”  

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 12:47:00 PM

Agriculture is recognized to be one of the sector for which the benefit of space services is the most promising. Data and services derived from space systems offer credible solutions to meet with future needs of farmers, as well as with opportunities and challenges the agricultural sector is facing due to the increased pressure on environment, the digitalization of economy, the deployment of connectivity in rural areas and the emergence of big data.

The revision of CAP post-2020 in June 2018 offers the opportunity to release the full potential of space technologies and services to address future CAP objectives in terms of modernisation, simplification, monitoring and greening, while maximizing the socio-economic and environmental impacts of EU resources allocated to the CAP.

In this context, Eurospace organized Tuesday 6 March with Eric Andrieu, MEP and S&D coordinator for Agriculture and Rural Development, a conference panel in the European Parliament on this very timely and crucial topic for the future of agriculture.

The purpose of the event, moderated by Lucas Buthion (Head of Eurospace Brussels Office), was to stimulate exchanges between the space and agriculture communities, so as to enrich ongoing institutional reflections on the future CAP and to best address the specific constraints of rural areas and future needs of famers. The audience was essentially made up of stakeholders from EU institutions, Member States and businesses working in the agriculture and space fields.

MEP Vincent Peillon first apologized on behalf of Eric Andrieu for not being able to attend the conference and welcomed all participant to the conference. Pierre Delsaux (Deputy Director General at DG GROW) delivered a key note speech, presenting EU space programmes EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus and some high-quality services these programmes already provide to agriculture. Panelists Hervé Pillaud (farmer and expert in digital farming), Dr. Maurice Borgeaud (Head of the “Science, Applications, and Future Technologies” Department, ESA), Gerard Dedieu (principal investigator, CESBIO/CNES) and David Hello (General Manager and CEO, TerraNIS) then presented their perspectives and visions of the subject.

A summary of the key points for discussions is available here.

PowerPoint presentations delivered by M. Borgeaud and G. Dedieu are available here

Invitation to European space manufacturing SMEs to join Eurospace as associate members 

Monday, February 12, 2018 5:55:00 PM

In the last decade the European space sector has significantly evolved, on the one hand with an enlargement of its geographical footprint to companies in Central and Eastern Europe, on the other hand with a constantly growing number of SMEs among its industrial players, these trends expected to continue in the years to come.

In order to let Eurospace membership evolve reflecting the evolution of the European space   sector, the Council of Eurospace has decided to launch in early 2018 a campaign aiming at offering European space manufacturing SMEs, if they are interested, an ad hoc, low burden, “associate membership”.  This does not exclude the opportunity for individual SMEs to apply for full active membership.

What value added for a SME?

A SME becoming associate member would benefit of the following:

  • Be better known to its potential industrial customers, being better mapped in terms of competences and capabilities;

  • Possibility of accessing remotely to Eurospace documentation and activities by means of digital tools;

  • Right to appoint at Eurospace Council* – within the community of Eurospace associate members – two representatives of the interests of such community: one seat would be assigned to the community of SMEs in countries not in Eurospace footprint (essentially from Eastern and Central Europe), the other one would be assigned to the community of countries in Eurospace footprint;

  • SME-friendly membership fee policy: in order to ease a large adhesion of SMEs, and let them assess the benefits of their associate membership without financial engagements, SMEs are planned to be invited to become associate members at no fee for a trial period of at least one year, expected thereafter to be further extended or be followed by the application, at most, of a very low ad hoc fee.

Consultation of SMEs and plans

This paper is for publication on Eurospace web site and for parallel despatch on individual basis by email to identified European space manufacturing SMEs.

SMEs are invited to reply to Eurospace expressing their interest on this invitation and/or questions/suggestions writing to: or

Should there be a positive response from the SME community, in order to ease the gathering of the representatives of associate members and let them discuss their common objectives and choose their Council representatives, it would be convenient to select a window in the margin of an already established 2018 event, where a large participation of European space manufacturing SMEs is expected. Such opportunity – in agreement with ESA - has been tentatively identified for the evening of next September 11th, in the margin of ESA-arranged Industry Space Days (ISD), planned to take place at ESTEC on September 11th and 12th.


*Subject to positive feedback from the SME community, this provision would be reflected in a revision of Eurospace Statutes, which would be submitted for adoption to next General Assembly in June 2018.


Upcoming conference “Agriculture: a new frontier for the European space policy”  

Friday, February 9, 2018 2:44:00 PM


Conference “Agriculture: a new frontier for the European space policy”
Hosted by MEP Eric Andrieu
Tuesday 6 March (9.00-12.00)
European Parliament (Room ASP 5E2)


Eric Andrieu, Member of the European Parliament and Vice-President of the Sky and Space Intergroup, is organising with Eurospace a conference entitled “Agriculture: a new frontier for the European Space Policy" Tuesday 6 March in the European Parliament (Brussels).

While the potential of space technologies for the agricultural sector is today not sufficiently well-known and exploited in Europe, this conference will gather stakeholders from the space and agriculture communities to identify opportunities for synergies between both sectors, so as to best address the specific constraints of rural areas and future needs of famers.

In the context of the preparation of CAP post-2020 and next EU Multiannual Financial Framework, European space programmes enable the agricultural sector to evolve toward a more precise, sustainable and cost saving agriculture, to the benefit of farmers. Space technologies indeed offer credible solutions to meet with the opportunities and challenges the agricultural sector is facing with the digitalisation of economy, the deployment of connectivity in rural areas and the emergence of big data. Space could also play a key role in monitoring and anticipating the scarcity of resources, and to ensure a sustainable management of agricultural and rural areas.

Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General at DG GROW, will deliver a key note speech at this occasion. Lionel Suchet (Associate Director General, CNES), Dr. Maurice Borgeaud (Head of the Earth Observation Science, Applications, and Future Technologies Department, ESA), David Hello (General Manager and CEO, TerraNIS) and Hervé Pillaud (farmer and expert in digital farming) will also present their perspectives and visions in this respect.

A cocktail will be taking place after the conference to enable both communities to continue the discussion in a more informal mode.

Would you be interested in attending the conference, please register by email to, no later than 28 February.

Dasia 2018 

Friday, December 8, 2017 6:29:00 PM

The Dasia 2018 conference will be held from May 29th to May 31st in Oxford, United Kingdom.

More information here

Towards a Joint-Technology Initiative for the space sector: start of a pilot-project between European Commission and Eurospace  

Thursday, November 23, 2017 9:11:00 AM

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.

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.

Eurospace Position Paper for FP9 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:50:00 AM

Eurospace releases today its views to support the elaboration of the 9th Framework Programme for research in Europe. This has been a collaborative work of a dedicated Task Force established in March 2017. The position is available as a complete paper with annexes (including the preliminary scoping of a Joint Technology Initiative in the form af a Research and Innovation Action Plan - RIAP scoping paper) and as an executive summary.

Key messages

With the relatively limited funding available for space technology development in Europe, the matter of its effectiveness is absolutely crucial. Developments should be appropriately targeted and correctly performed, avoiding unnecessary duplications whenever possible.

It is absolutely essential that more efforts in coordination be undertaken to clarify the understanding of needs and issues and ensure maximum effectiveness of public and private investments in space technology with the establishment of focused initiatives - such as the Strategic Research Clusters (SRC) approach or Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) - with well identified objectives and leaving appropriate room for industry involvement in the definition of development plans.  These efforts shall also provide for synergetic developments and continuity with opportunity driven (bottom-up) research activities.

FP9 shall support the space sector in addressing medium to long-term challenges in an evolving geopolitical and market environment. A budget envelope for FP9-Space in the order of 2 Billion Euro should be made available, of which 1.5 earmarked for space (upstream) RDT&I and 0.5 for market development, outreach and other actions.

FP9-Space shall focus on: technology readiness for institutional/EU programmes and international cooperation; autonomy and non-dependence for critical technologies, building blocks and access to space; competitiveness and innovation for space systems and services; safety and sustainability of operations in the orbital and industrial environments; and promoting the take up of space services, applications and uses of space data.

Key recommendations:

  • Ensure the preservation of a dedicated Space line in FP9 to address the unique European challenges of space technology development.
  • Establish a global and inclusive vision for FP9-Space with the involvement of all stakeholders, public and private, large and small.
  • Ensure the appropriate involvement of all technology stakeholders, suppliers, promoters and users of space technology alike;
  • Address all areas of space RDT&I needs, from competitiveness support at components, equipment and system level, for market driven activities, for EU institutional programmes and for the take up of space services and the exploitation of space data, with appropriate instruments, tools and budgets.
  • Organise FP9 to support the appropriate identification of RDT&I needs and suitable coordination and implementation mechanisms for different RDT&I strands (see the 4 Pillars organisation in the Programmatic overview)
  • Support the emergence of a JTI for Space, providing opportunities for larger and more ambitious projects, and enabling the expression of industry driven priorities for a competitive and sustainable industrial base and supply chain, and add leverage to industry investment for innovation in space components, materials, equipment, software, manufacturing processes for spacecraft, launchers and ground segments. The JTI is expected to enable larger projects


Eurospace employment opportunities in 2018 

Monday, October 30, 2017 1:06:00 PM

Employent opportunities at Eurospace within the Technology Strategy Unit.

TheEurospace  Technology Strategy Unit is currently in charge of technology strategy at large for the association, and more particularly:

  • The preparation of FP9-Space workprogramme
  • Horizon 2020-Space monitoring
  • The preparation of consolidated industry views in the technology harmonisation process managed by The European Space Agency
  • The implementation of the EU-funded Pilot Project for setting up a Joint technology Initiative for Space (with two pilot themes: De-orbiting and Critical Materials)
  • Support to H2020 projects (PPOSS and EPIC)

The Technology Strategy Unit manages:

  • Large scale and focused stakeholders technology consultation processes
  • Technology requirements databases (needs, challenges, drivers)
  • Technology roadmapping
  • Industry strategic agenda elaboration
  • Position papers drafting and consolidation
  • Organisation of related events (workshops conferences)

Eurospace is looking to expand its Technology Strategy Unit, looking for the following profiles to join the team in January 2018 at the latest:

  • 2 Junior engineers (view)
  • 1 Junior project manager (view)
  • 1 Junior Policy manager (view)

Please apply by email before NOVEMBER 15th 2017.

Eurospace is an equal opportunity employer.

Only EU nationals shall apply.

Space Working Party - Eurospace delivering some industrial perspectives on the evolution of Copernicus 

Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:44:00 AM

Invited again by the Estonian Presidency to address the national delegates at the Space Working Party (Council of the EU), Eurospace executive had the opportunity, this Friday 6th October, to deliver some industrial perspectives on the evolution of the Copernicus programme.

After reminding that Copernicus remains a strategic instrument for EU public authorities and is a vector for industry's competitiveness, it was also an occasion to give some preliminary industry reflections/priorities on Copernicus evolution and expose our views on the upcoming MFF negotiations in this respect.

You can download the presentation here.

Space Working Party (Council of the EU)- Eurospace delivering a presentation on the interim evaluation of H2020 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:07:00 PM

Eurospace executive was invited by the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU to attend a meeting of the Space Working Party (gathering delegates from the 28 EU Member States) in order to deliver an industry perspective on the interim evaluation of H2020, along with the European Commission and the European Space Agency.

This exchange of views was an opportunity to present Eurospace R&T consultation processes and strategy, to deliver an insight regarding the industry's involvement in the first calls of H2020-space as well as preliminary views on the future FP9 and its space-related segment.

We would like to thank the Estonian Presidency for this opportunity and are looking forward to further contribute to the upcoming institutional discussions, in order to co-construct with all relevant actors an ambitious space R&T strategy after 2020.

Download Eurospace presentation on the Horizon 2020 Interim evaluation here

Space Trends 2016- NOW AVAILABLE! 

Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:51:00 PM

Following the great success of the Space Trends previous editions, Eurospace is proud to propose you the 5th edition of Space Trends.

Space Trends is an annual publication by Eurospace. It is a unique report providing a large amount of data and information in a very synthetic and graphic manner. This report presents historical evolution of global space activity (1957-2015) from different perspectives: launches, missions, customers, manufacturers, markets, procurement...

The 5th edition, Space Trends 2016, has been fully revisited and the layout and contents of the document have been expanded to provide our readers with the most complete and detailed analysis of our database: Eurospace LEAT (Launch Events Analysis Tool).

Charts and graphs continue to be the main focus of the publication, rather than text. With more than 500 graphs, the 5th edition provide a complete document to study, understand and dig into details of every space situation or market segment. Also, for first time, you can purchase Excel data sets for each series of graphs.

The report, which has 675 pages in total, is split in 8 volumes, with the first volume dedicated to historic global trends from 1957 to 2015. The other volumes address specific segments of space activity, such as institutional markets, human activities, launcher activity etc. during the period 1996-2015.

This unique report, also comes with a notable discount of 50% to Eurospace members.

For a detailed description of Space Trends and see how you can purchase it, please go to our Space trends page at

Download the Space trends presentation here.

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