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Collaboration Agreement Annex1 – Declaration of Accession in Word version

figure 08.07.2016 | As stated in the COMPET-3-2016 Call text, all partners of the Operational Grants and the partners of the PSA EPIC will have to agree and sign a Collaboration Agreement in order to ensure that results of the individual projects can be used to achieve the overall SRC objectives. A template for such a Collaboration Agreement ... Read more »

All Electric Propulsion Satellite ELECTRA contract signature

artistic image 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 »

EC publishes the number of submitted proposals for the COMPET-3-2016 topics of the Horizon 2020 SRC on Electric Propulsion

Picture 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 »

COMPET-3-2016 Video Briefing for Applicants and Evaluators

video button 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 »

Airbus and Thales plan ordering satellite electric thrusters from Snecma

Picture of HET thruster 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 »

Eutelsat Does the Math on Reducing Future Satellite Costs

Graphic of way to satellite cost reduction 15.12.2015 | All-electric propulsion systems like the one on Eutelsat 115 West B, reduces a satellite’s launch weight by 40 percent or more but delays its arrival in geostationary orbit by months. Eutelsat plans to reduce the cost of its future satellites by some 20 percent initially, with more savings to come, as it seeks to adapt ... Read more »

IEPC News: The 35th IEPC will be held in Atlanta

Picture announcing the IEPC 2017 01.12.2015 | The 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from October 8-12, 2017. Location: Atlanta, Georgia USA Date: October 8-12, 2017 Mitchell Walker (Chair) / Georgia Institute of Technology Vadim Khayms (Co-Chair) / Lockheed Martin Rostislav Spector (Technical Chair) / Aerospace Corporation For further 35th IEPC news, announcements and abstract submission details, ... Read more »

Download the slides on the Electrical propulsion-SRC shown at the Brussels Infoday

26.11.2015 | On 10th November 2015 EPIC presented at the official Horizon 2020 Space Infoday in Brussels. Jose Gonzalez del Amo (ESA; Coordinator of EPIC) explained the principal idea of “Strategic Research Clusters” and the role of the “Programme Support Activity” EPIC. He also gave important background information on the call “COMPET-3-2016 – SRC – In-Space electrical propulsion and ... Read more »

Where to find the Horizon 2020 call documents for Electric Propulsion?

22.10.2015 | The European Commission has published the final version of the 2016/2017 Space Work Programme on their Space homepage and in the Particpant Portal. It includes two topics related to Electric Propulsion: COMPET-3-2016-a and COMPET-3-2016-b You can download the full Work Programme here: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/space Please take note that it is very important to consider the guidance documents ... Read more »

Telecom market is facing revolution with all-electric satellites and Falcon-9 launchers

ABS-3A satellite artist's concep 15.09.2015 | ABS-3A (Boeing 702 SP) satellite, the world’s first all-electric commercial telecommunications spacecraft, has reached final geostationary position and begun operations six months after its launch. The satellite’s entry into service occurred about one month ahead of schedule. The advantage of all-electric satellites is their low launch mass, allowing the purchase of less-expensive launch services or, ... Read more »