• New EPIC Call 2022

    09.07.2021 | The Call HORIZON-CL4-2022-SPACE-01-12 Technologies and generic building blocks for Electrical Propulsion, will be open on 28/10/2021 and will close on 16/02/2022. The details of the call can be check in the next document page 340.
  • 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 2022

    03.07.2020 | EPIC Workshop 2021 in Cologne The EPIC PSA is pleased to announce that the EPIC Workshop 2022 on the activities of the Space Electric Propulsion SRC H2020 will be held at the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne from 4 to 7 April 2022. The workshop is organized by DLR and EPIC PSA DATE The EPIC ... 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 »

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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)