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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.

EPIC WORKSHOP 2017/ 24-25 OCTOBER 2017 (Save the Date) 

Friday, August 25, 2017 12:44:00 PM

The EPIC PSA is pleased to announce that the EPIC Workshop 2017 on the EPIC and Space Electric Propulsion SRC H2020 activities will be held in Madrid at CDTI premises during 24-25 October 2017.

The online registration will be open in due time on the EPIC webpage at the following link:, were all details, preliminary programme and practical information about this event can be found.


The workshop will be held on 24-25 October 2017 in Madrid, at: CDTI: - Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology - c/ Cid nº4  28020 Madrid - Spain.


Present the Horizon 2020 Electric Propulsion SRC activities to the EP community and stakeholders and to collect and assess the latest EP technology developments in Europe.

The draft preliminary program will include the following sessions:

  • PSA and SRC progress and activities (EC, REA, EPIC PSA),
  • Outline of Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme 2018-2020 topics for Electric Propulsion SRC (EC, REA),
  • Stakeholders interaction such as Satellite Operators and Satellite Large System Integrators (open to invited speakers),
  • Incremental SRC OGs: objectives, proposed approach, team, progress, and early results,
  • Disruptive SRC OGs: objectives, proposed approach, team, progress, and early results,
  • Trends in Power Processing Units (open to invited speakers),
  • New developments on EP Incremental Technologies and EP Disruptive Technologies: promising thrusters and transversal technologies (open to invited speakers),


15th July           Preliminary programme publication

4th Sept            General registration opens until 30th September

30th Sept          Final programme publication

24-25th Oct       Workshop dates

The number of participants to this workshop is limited due to the limited availability of seats at the venue, so the registration is by invitation. Registrations of non-speakers will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. Online registration is required and it will be open on the web in due time. After your online registration, you will receive a 1st email to confirm the reception of your online registration, but later you will receive a 2nd email confirming your final invitation.

We look forward to welcoming you in Madrid for what will undoubtedly be a fruitful workshop!

Space Industry-University Education MoU 

Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:56:00 PM

On June 21st, 2017, a group of major European space manufacturing industries (all members of Eurospace: Airbus Defence & Space, Arianegroup, Avio, OHB, RUAG Space, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space) and universities (Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers of Paris, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, University of Montpellier, La Sapienza University of Rome, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Von Karman Institute of Brussels) have signed at Le Bourget a memorandum of understanding on an education partnership agreement aiming - through their joint and coordinated efforts - at organizing for multi-nationality teams of  students a structured transition  between their educational path and their entry into the professional world. This is intended to take place by means of dedicated projects to be developed by teams of students coming from universities in different countries and working on industry's selected priorities, teams being selected by industry via competition of international teams.

This initiative, aiming at educating more specifically students by means of a longer industrial project phase has been given the name of: "Advanced Student Team Research in space Industry" (ASTRI), and is intended to materialize into ad hoc specific agreements involving at a time at least one industry and a team of at least five students coming from universities in at least three different countries.

Each ASTRI Programme is intended to devote globally eighteen months to carry out a project in industry with a first phase lasting six months that could be part of the thesis final project to accomplish a standard master, while a second phase, lasting the remaining twelve (12) months, would have to be carried out at the premises of one of the industrial Parties.

The MoU will remain valid for four years. It will be implemented via a first cycle of projects from early 2018 to mid-2019, with the corresponding diplomas, namely "First Distinguished Certificate of Excellence", being delivered in mid-2019. The MoU is intended to open to new Parties (industry and/or universities) at the end of each academic cycle.


Eurospace Facts & Figures - 21st Edition release 

Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:16:00 PM

Eurospace facts and figures released soon. Download the Press Release here.

It has been 20 years now since Eurospace launched the Facts and Figures survey, and this year we celebrate the 21st edition of the report. It has been two decades of careful data collection, verification and analysis, supported by unfailing commitment of participating companies to provide the most accurate and detailed data sets. Over time the Eurospace facts and figures survey has established itself as a reference source of information on the economic situation of the space manufacturing sector in Europe and as a methodological benchmark for other sectoral surveys worldwide. I wish to express my gratitude to all participating companies, members and non-members of Eurospace alike, that make this achievement possible every year.

In 2016 our sector continues to celebrates a decade of business growth, reaching for the first time two record values: consolidated sales in excess of 8 Billion Euro, and employment in excess of 40.000 FTE. These records exemplify the good tenure of an industrial sector which has proven its unique level of efficiency and competitiveness enabling its good penetration of accessible markets for both spacecraft and launch services, as well as supporting the constant growth of institutional programmes in Europe.










From the commercial market perspective, the results in 2016 confirm two growing trends of the past five years: the increase of revenues generated with private satellite operators worldwide, and the good value of sale of European equipment and payload for integration on non European programmes. Operational launcher sales have remained rather stable in 2016. The good results on commercial market segments have been offset slightly by the lower level of revenues generated with exports to public satellite operators. A new trend may be confirmed for the export of military system (mostly for observation), a market segment yet untapped by our US competition. Nonetheless, telecommunications systems are still the main driver of European space systems exports, and are the only market segment where our industry has higher revenues abroad than it has in Europe.

From the institutional market perspective, which has been the main driver for revenue increase in 2016 with an 18% growth factor (worth 750 M€ of sales increase), ESA is still the reference customer of our sector. In 2016 sales to ESA grew to 3.4B€ thanks to increased business related to the Copernicus and Galileo programmes, and with the positive impact of the roll out of Ariane 6 development activities. Another interesting trend although of a lesser scale, is the regain of activity related to military systems sales, reaching a value approaching 0.6 B€. The business associated to national programmes on the other hand remains stable over time, representing almost 0.8B€.

The year 2017 is a year of challenges and opportunities, focusing on EU budgets process and the initial steps to guarantee the good support of space programmes in the post 2020 multi-annual financial framework. Indeed with the EU becoming a major contributor to the ESA budget, the preservation and enhancement of space programmes in the EU budgets is a critical activity for the future of the sector. The involvement of European players in the 'New Space' business, and the achievements of our competition, particularly in the launcher area, will need to be monitored closely. In this context Eurospace will continue its work in supporting the good understanding of industrial issues at institutional and political levels and favour the necessary cohesion and consensus among the sector.


Pierre Lionnet - Research Director


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