• IEPC-2017_2

    IEPC2017 – Abstract Submission Now Open!

    12.10.2016 | Abstract submission is now open for the 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC) that will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA at the Georgia Hotel and Conference Center, from October 8 (Sun.) to 12 (Thurs.), 2017.  Please visit http://www.iepc2017.org Abstract Deadline:  December 16, 2016   EPIC PSA plans to present an article in the IEPC-2017 ... Read more »
  • EPIC_Flown-or-Planed-Trusters-Table

    Electric Propulsion thrusters flown or ordered

    04.10.2016 | Electric Propulsion is one of technologies that will increase more in next future, however it is hard to say how many Electric Propulsion thrusters have already flown or have been ordered. To this purpose ESA and EPIC PSA have prepared a table with a list of Electric Propulsion thrusters flown or ordered for information, outreach ... Read more »
  • call-evaluators

    COMPET-3-2016 Proposals selected !

    01.09.2016 | The evaluation process of the Electric Propulsion Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) call H2020 COMPET-3-2016 finalized by end of June and REA sent a notification to each proposal coordinator with the result of the evaluation and the evaluation form by beginning of July. The list of proposals selected is still preliminary pending on minor evolution and ... Read more »
  • SRC Workshop GAP

    SRC DAY 7th July 2016

    11.08.2016 | REA and the EC organized on 7th July a dedicated Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) day in Brussels. All partners of the selected proposals for funding under the COMPET-3-2016 and COMPET-4-2016 calls, were invited by REA, together with EPIC and PERASPERA SRC Program Support Activities (PSAs) for a working day meeting to kick off the Grant Agreement ... Read more »
  • ESPC-2016_Poster

    11th European Space Power Conference ESPC 2016

    09.08.2016 | The 11th European Space Power Conference will be held in Greece from October 3-7, 2016. (http://www.espc2016.com/) In the ESPC 2016 will be a dedicated Round Table on “Cost reduction for PPU’s in Electric Propulsion”. Monday 3rd October (16:00-18:00) EPIC PSA will participate in this Round Table with a dedicated presentation on PPU issues in the ... Read more »

Welcome to the EPIC website

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

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

Electric propulsion has been 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 with the goal of enabling 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 2014 H2020 Space Work Programme (COMPET-3-2014) with the funding of the EPIC PSA, which has the mandate to, mainly, design the SRC, monitor its evolution and support the Commission on its implementation.

EPIC FACTSHEET
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
  • SME4Space VZW
  • Service Public Federal de Programmation Politique Scientifique (BELSPO)
  • UK Space Agency (UKSA)
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