• Exotrail demonstrates miniature Hall-effect thruster in orbit

    14.01.2021 | French Prime Minister Jean Castex, Frédérique Vidal, French research and innovation minister, and Bruno le Maire, French economy and finance minister, are shown holding the ExoMG Hall-effect thruster during their visit to Exotrail on Jan. 8. Source: Exotrail & SpaceNews. French startup Exotrail announced Jan. 12 that its miniature Hall-effect thruster ignited in orbit, and ... Read more »
  • EPIC Workshop 2021

    03.07.2020 | EPIC Workshop 2021 in Cologne The EPIC PSA is pleased to announce that the EPIC Workshop 2021 on the activities of the Space Electric Propulsion SRC H2020 will be held at the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne from May 10 to 12, 2021. The workshop is organized by ESA and EPIC PSA EPIC WORKSHOP Flyer2021 DATE ... Read more »
  • SPACE-28-TEC-2020 Call close

    14.03.2019 | The SPACE-28-TEC-2020 Call of the SRC on Electric Propulsion has been closed on the 5 March 2020. The big number of proposals submitted for the 2020 Space Call and its different topics closing on this very same date, including SPACE-28-TEC-2020, in the Participants Portal, shows the interest of the community in these topics. The  SPACE-28-TEC-2020 (Incremental ... Read more »
  • EPIC Workshop 2019 in ESTEC

    06.03.2019 | The EPIC PSA is pleased to announce that the EPIC workshop 2019 on the Space Electric Propulsion SRC H2020 activities will be held in ESTEC during 21-23 October 2019, organized by ESA and the EPIC PSA. EPIC WORKSHOP Leaflet_ESTEC2019 DATE The EPIC Workshop 2019 will be held on 21-23 October 2019 in ESTEC, The Netherlands at ... Read more »
  • Download the presentations from the 2018 EPIC Lecture Series Now

    05.03.2019 | Download the presentations from the 2018 EPIC Lecture Series Now. Some of the slideshows and presentations from this year’s EPIC Lecture Series, which took place in Queen Mary University of London (UK) during 18-19 October 2018, can now be downloaded from the EPIC website. For a full listing of available presentations click here.

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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.

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 (EUROSPACE)
  • SME4Space VZW (SME4SPACE)
  • Service Public Federal de Programmation Politique Scientifique (BELSPO)
  • UK Space Agency (UKSA)
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