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    All Electric Propulsion Satellite ELECTRA contract signature

    05.04.2016 | ELECTRA contract signature took place on 11 March 2016 at SES premises in Luxembourg with the presence of representatives of SES Astra, OHB Systems, ESA and some ESA Member States. ESA’s partnership with satellite operator SES will bring a new generation of small European telecommunications satellites that are propelled by electric thrusters, with a first ... Read more »
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    EC publishes the number of submitted proposals for the COMPET-3-2016 topics of the Horizon 2020 SRC on Electric Propulsion

    14.03.2016 | The COMPET-3-2016 Call of the SRC on Electric propulsion has been closed on the 3 March 2016. The EC has already published the number of proposals submitted for the 2016 Space Call and its different topics, including COMPET-3-2016, in the Participants Portal. For COMPET-3-2016-a (Incremental Technologies), with an indicative budget of 18 M€, 3 proposals ... Read more »
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    COMPET-3-2016 Video Briefing for Applicants and Evaluators

    23.02.2016 | This video has been created by EPIC PSA as a briefing for the evaluators and applicants. The objective of this video is to introduce to the H2020 Strategic Research Cluster on “In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping” and serve as a briefing for potential evaluators and applicants for the H2020 COMPET-3-2016 topics of the H2020 ... Read more »
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    Deadline for COMPET-3-2016 is approaching

    22.02.2016 | This is a reminder for potential applicants for the COMPET-3-2016 topis.  The deadline for proposal submission to the H2020 Space 2016 call is the 3rd of March. Don´t leave all for the last minute, and try to finalize your proposal well in advance to have the possibility to review it in detail ! The process ... Read more »
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    01.02.2016 | The French company expects to sell 35 plasma-electric satellite propulsion units per year over the next decade following an agreement with Europe’s two largest satellite prime contractors on the use of Electric Propulsion. CNES has used a public bond fund to help finance the development of the Snecma´s HET thruster, and complementary, the European Space ... 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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