• Strategic Research Cluster activities present in the International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018)

    05.10.2018 | The International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018) was held during 1-5 October 2018 in Bremen (Germany), and EPIC and the SRC activities were present with a paper with their latest developments. The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is organized by the IAF, and is recognized to be the most important international forum for space of the year. For more details on the IAC ... Read more »
  • 2018 EPIC Student Lecture Series Programme Published!

    29.08.2018 | The programme for the 2018 EPIC Lecture Series is now available to view online, right here at the EPIC website. After successful outreach event in Madrid in 2017, the EPIC Lecture Series moves to London for its third annual instalment, and will take place at Queen Mary University London on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October. Who ... Read more »
  • The 2018 EPIC Workshop Programme Now Available to View Online

    14.08.2018 | The programme for the 2018 edition of the EPIC Workshop is now online! We would like to thank everyone who submitted abstracts to the EPIC team, and congratulate those who were successful. We look forward to seeing you all in London this autumn. Programmatic Updates The EPIC Workshop, now in its third year, will deliver critical updates ... Read more »
  • Register Now for the 2018 EPIC Workshop!

    14.08.2018 | Registration for the 2018 EPIC Workshop, taking place in Westminster, the historic heart of London, is now open. REGISTER The Workshop will feature important programmatic updates from the PSA and European Commission about the Electric Propulsion Strategic Research Cluster, including the guidelines to the 2019 Disruptive Technology Call. There will be unique panel discussions and ... Read more »
  • SPACE DRONE™ based on Gridded Ion Engines

    24.05.2018 | The SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft from Effective Space will be propelled to new heights with the aid of an electric propulsion system thanks to a new partnership the company have formed with ArianeGroup. Effective Space has already announced that the SPACE DRONE™ will be sent into space by U.S based International Launch Services (ILS), but once ... Read more »

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EPIC: “Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness”

The “Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness” (EPIC) is the PSA project for the Electric Propulsion Strategic Research Cluster (SRC)

The European Commission funded, as part of the Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme 2014, a Programme Support Activity (PSA) for the implementation of the Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) on “In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping”.

Electric propulsion is identified by European actors as a strategic technology for improving the European competitiveness in different space areas such as in-space operations and transportation. The European Commission has set up the “In space Electrical Propulsion and Station Keeping” Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) in Horizon 2020 programme. The goal of the SRC is to enable major advances in Electric Propulsion for in-space operations and transportation, in order to contribute to guarantee the leadership of European capabilities in electric propulsion at world level within the 2020-2030 timeframe, always in coherence with the existing and planned developments at national, commercial and ESA level.

The SRC set-up was initiated in the Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme 2014 (COMPET-3-2014) with the funding of the EPIC PSA. The EPIC PSA has the mandate to: mainly, design the SRC, monitor its evolution and support the Commission on its implementation, including with its dissemination, outreach and education aspects.

Project Title: Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness
Grant Number: 640199
Subprogramme: COMPET-03-2014 – In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping
Call for Proposal: H2020-COMPET-2014 – Competitiveness of the European Space Sector: Technology and Science
Funding Scheme: Coordination and Support Action (CSA)
Duration: 5 years
Start Date: 1 October 2014
Coordinated by: European Space Agency (ESA)
Project Partners:
  • Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)
  • Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI)
  • Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
  • Eurospace (EUROSPACE)
  • Service Public Federal de Programmation Politique Scientifique (BELSPO)
  • UK Space Agency (UKSA)