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Electric Propulsion Innovation and Competitiveness

Objective

EPIC proposes a Programme Support Activity which will produce a clear integrated roadmap & masterplan for its implementation through a Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) on In-space Electrical Propulsion & Station-Keeping.
EPIC plans to do a survey of the current worldwide Electric Propulsion (& related) technologies & their TRL. A collection of requirements from all stakeholders will be done, also assessing potential future missions. Both tasks will build on the 2014 EP Harmonisation & the consultation will be expanded to all EU actors. This will allow to focus efforts on the SRC roadmap’ specific goals.
Based on this work, a critical gap analysis of technologies & needs will be done, to create the basis for selection of candidate SRC developments, oriented to satisfy short-term (incremental advances) & medium/long term (disruptive) needs.
Then the prioritisation will be the driver & challenge, leading to the selection of activities for an SRC roadmap & masterplan for its implementation, aiming at a validation flight in 2023 & to contribute to European leadership in EP technologies.
EPIC will provide a solid & widely consulted advice to the EC on the call texts for operational grants & continuous support to EC/REA to maximise the SRC success. EPIC will analyse the SRC progress, evaluate its risks & put a mitigation plan in place, including the Collaboration Agreement.
The EPIC consortium will disseminate its progress & results, & intends to contribute to the SRC results’ dissemination not only with an exploitation plan but also by exercising a close coordination with all operational grants.
EPIC is coordinated by ESA & complemented by renowned National Agencies: ASI, BELSPO, CDTI, CNES, DLR & UKSA, & by the major European space industrial associations, Eurospace & SME4Space. This teaming of beneficiaries brings together the multidisciplinary mix of expertise required to deliver an unbiased, rational strategic roadmap & masterplan for EP developments in H2020.

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2014
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Address
24 Rue Du General Bertrand
75007 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 1 160 568,28

Participants (8)

AGENZIA SPAZIALE ITALIANA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 382 264,68
Address
Via Del Politecnico Snc
00133 Roma
Activity type
Other
Service Public Fédéral de Programmation Politique Scientifique (Belspo)
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 177 650
Address
Wtc Iii Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CENTRO PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO INDUSTRIAL.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 513 157,50
Address
Calle Cid 4
28001 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 389 814,83
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 362 367,71
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
UK Space Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 335 090,50
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EUROSPACE
France
EU contribution
€ 128 843,75
Address
15 Avenue De Segur
75007 Paris
Activity type
Other
SME4SPACE VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 46 593,75
Address
Technologielaan 9
3001 Heverlee
Activity type
Research Organisations