News | 19.11.2017

EPIC Workshop 2017 presentations available!

The EPIC PSA is pleased to make public the presentations of the EPIC Workshop 2017

The presentations of the Space Electric Propulsion EPIC Workshop 2017 can be downloaded from the EPIC web

The main objective of the EPIC Workshops is to present the Horizon 2020 Electric Propulsion SRC activities to the electric propulsion community and stakeholders and to collect and assess the latest electric propulsion technology developments in Europe.

The EPIC Workshop 2017 was organized by the EPIC PSA and held on 24-25 October 2017 in Madrid, at: CDTI (Madrid), Spain; with the active involvement of all its partners (ASI, BELSPO, CDTI, CNES, DLR, ESA, UKSA, EUROSPACE, SME4SPACE).


EPIC Workshop 2017 programme

The EPIC Workshop 2017 program covered the following topics:

  • PSA and SRC progress and activities
  • H2020 Work Programme EP SRC topics
  • Stakeholders interaction with Satellite Operators and Satellite Large System Integrators
  • Incremental SRC OGs: objectives, proposed approach, team, progress, and early results
  • Disruptive SRC OGs: objectives, proposed approach, team, progress, and early results
  • Trends in Power Processing Units
  • New developments on EP Incremental and Disruptive Technologies (promising thrusters and transversal technologies)
  • Dissemination and education SRC activities


These are the details of the invited speakers and their presentations:

Welcome (Chair: J. López Reig, CDTI)

  • Jorge LÓPEZ REIG, CDTI: CDTI Welcome, Inauguration Workshop
  • Jorge LÓPEZ REIG, CDTI: Introduction, and organization logistics
  • José GONZÁLEZ DEL AMO, ESA: PSA Welcome, and EPIC Workshop Objectives

H2020, EP SRC and PSA (Chair: J. Gonzalez Del Amo, ESA)

  • Tanja ZEGERS, European Commission: SRC & EPIC policy context, H2020 WP 2018-2020
  • Florence BEROUD, REA: Implementation of the SRCs
  • José GONZÁLEZ DEL AMO, ESA: EPIC PSA and activities

Incremental SRC Operational Grants (Chair: L. Martin-Perez, DLR)

  • Idris HABBASSI, Safran Aircraft Engines: CHEOPS Consortium for Hall Effect Orbital Propulsion System
  • Ernst BOSCH, Thales Deutschland GmbH: HEMPT-NG – Development to provide European competitive EP solutions for future space missions

Satellite Large System Integrators (Chair: P. Lionnet, Eurospace)

  • José GONZÁLEZ DEL AMO, ESA: Disruptive thruster technologies for telecom & constellations markets
  • Vincent JACOD, Airbus Defence & Space: Electric Propulsion Market Trend
  • Philippe LAMOTTE, Thales Alenia Space: TAS drivers towards electric propulsion versus satellites applications
  • Birk WOLLENHAUPT, OHB Systems: OHB’s reflections about the first study phase

Satellite Operators (Chair: R. Pavone, SME4Space)

  • David MOSTAZA-PRIETO, Hispasat: Hispasat and Electric Propulsion
  • Eric KRUCH, SES: SES Perspective on Electric Propulsion

Round table with LSI and Satellite Operators “Electric Propulsion in the telecom and constellations markets” (Chair: R. Pavone, SME4Space; Rapporteur: J. Gonzalez Del Amo, ESA) with: Vincent JACOD, Airbus Defence & Space, Philippe LAMOTTE, Thales Alenia Space; Markus PEUKERT, OHB Systems; Antonio ABAD, Hispasat; Cosmo CASAREGOLA, Eutelsal; Eric KRUCH, SES

Disruptive SRC Operational Grants (Chair: : N. Cox, UKSA)

  • Louis / Eric GRIMAUD / BRIDOT, Safran Electronics & Defense: GANOMIC: Disruptive technologies for PPU cost & volume efficiency
  • John STARK, Queen Mary Univ. of London: HIPERLOC-EP: Development of Electrospray Colloid Electric Propulsion as a low cost disruptive propulsion technology
  • Denis PACKAN    , ONERA: MINOTOR H2020 project for ECR thruster development

Incremental Technologies PPUs (Chair: J. López Reig, CDTI)

  • Fernando PINTÓ, Airbus Defence & Space: PPU activities in Airbus DS Space Equipment
  • Guillaume / Javier / Nicoletta GLORIEUX / PALENCIA / WAGNER, Airbus Defence & Space (FR / ES / DE): PPU developments for Incremental Technologies (HET / GIE / HEMPT) and common building blocks
  • Frédéric VARASTET, Safran Electronics & Defense: Safran PPU roadmap
  • Eric BOURGUIGNON, Thales Alenia Space Belgium: GEO Dual Mode PPU and LEO HEMPT PPU

Incremental Technologies (Chair: F.-X. Thibaut, BELSPO)

  • Farid INFED, ArianeGroup: Shape Memory Alloy Valve – New Technology for Telecom Satellite Applications
  • Michel POUCET, Bradford Engineering BV: Development of the Next-Generation Fluid Management Technologies for LEO, GEO & Navigation Satellites
  • Kevin HALL, QinetiQ: Development of a Ring Cusp high power thruster
  • Daniele PAVARIN, University of Padua: Helicon research at University of Padua and T4i
  • Pablo FAJARDO, Universidad Carlos III Madrid: An advanced simulation code for Hall effect thrusters
  • Jochen SCHEIN, Universität der Bundeswehr/Transmit: RIT technology for space debris removal

Round table “Trends in Power Processing Units” (Chair: : M. Gollor, ESA) with: Eric BOURGUIGNON, Thales Alenia Space Belgium; Luca BENETTI, SITAEL S.p.A.; Fernando PINTÓ, Airbus Defence & Space; Alain DEMAIRÉ, OHB Sweden; Matthias GOLLOR, ESA

Disruptive Thruster Technologies I (Chair: F. Castanet & C. Boniface, CNES)

  • Franz Georg HEY, Airbus Defence & Space: Electric Propulsion Opportunities for Future Scientific Explorations Missions
  • Alberto GARBAYO, AVS Added Value Solutions: Disruptive EP technologies at AVS
  • Georg HERDRICH, Baylor University/ Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme (IRS): Overview on IRS electric and advanced electric propulsion activities
  • Luc HERRERO, COMAT: Vacuum arc thruster development
  • Jean-Luc MARIA, EXOTRAIL: Exotrail miniature HET for CubeSats

Disruptive Thruster Technologies II (Chair: J. López Reig, CDTI)

  • Christophe KOPPEL, KopooS Consulting Ind: Liquid PPT for attitude and orbit control of space vehicles
  • Francesco GUARDUCCI, Mars Space Ltd: EP Technologies Development at Mars Space Ltd
  • Mercedes RUIZ HARO, SENER: Development and tests of HPT-05
  • Ane AANESLAND, ThrustMe: Next generation ion thruster with imbedded neutralizaiton and propellant
  • Luis CONDE, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid: Development and current status of the ALPHIE (Alternative Low Power Ion Engine) plasma thruster

Disruptive Transversal Technologies (Chair: V. Pulcino, ASI)

  • Fabrizio SCORTECCI, AEROSPAZIO Tecnologie s.r.l.: Standardisation and Improvement of EP Diagnostics
  • Alexander REISSNER, ENPULSION: Industry 4.0 Meets Space – Establishing a production line for 100+ EP thruster per year
  • Marcelo COLLADO, ARQUIMEA: Shape Memory Alloy Technologies for Electric Propulsion Valves
  • Stephen GABRIEL, University of Southampton: Electric propulsion activities at the university of Southampton: Incremental and Disruptive

Workshop Conclusions

  • Jorge LÓPEZ REIG, CDTI: EPIC Workshop facts and figures
  • José GONZÁLEZ DEL AMO, ESA: EPIC Workshop conclusions


EPIC Workshop 2017 facts and figures

The EPIC Workshop 2017 was performed in two full days of intensive work and interactions, with 45 presentations and 47 speakers.

The Workshop had 123 participants, all from the European electric propulsion community, including the main space stakeholders in Europe. European participants came from: EC, REA, ESA, Space National Agencies, main Satellite Large System Integrators, main Satellite Operators, main Propulsion Subsystem Integrators, equipment industry, research institutions, universities, and industry associations. It was a great success!


EPIC Workshop Objectives

EPIC Workshops are the fundamental element of the SRC dissemination of SRC activities, and the collection of information for the EPIC SRC Roadmap. They have two objectives: an extensive exposure of the EPIC team ideas to the external world (commercial, scientific, programmatic, etc.), and gathering of inputs, and to expand to the maximum the outputs produced during the EPIC project.

The first objective was achieved mainly during the two first EPIC Workshops (Brussels in 2014 and Stockholm in 2015). The second objective (also accomplished during the two first EPIC Workshops), is going to be achieved during next three EPIC Workshops (Madrid in 2017, London in 2018, The Netherlands (ESTEC) in 2019); where dissemination will be organized to communicate on the roadmap implementation and give a periodic status of the situation to all stakeholders interested. EPIC team will ensure the participation and presentation of all Operational Grants funded at the time, to show a coordinated approach and maximise the dissemination of the SRC progress and achievements.

The EPIC PSA will organize next EPIC Workshops in London on 2018 and in ESTEC on 2019. Further details on the EPIC Workshop 2018 will be published soon at:

Picture: EPIC Workshop 2017 participation and networking

Picture: EPIC Workshop 2017 sessions and presentations


Picture: Round table with Satellite Large System Integrators (primes) and Satellite Operators during the EPIC Workshop 2017


Picture: EC, REA and EPIC PSA Teams at the EPIC Workshop 2017