The European Commission has funded, as part of the Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme 2014, a Programme Support Activity (PSA) for the implementation of a Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) on “In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping”.
The “Electric Propulsion Innovation & Competitiveness” (EPIC) is the PSA project for the Electric Propulsion cluster.
Electric propulsion has been 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 with the goal of enabling 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.
European Space Agency (ESA) is the EPIC project Coordinator, and the Partners are: Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Deutches zentrum fuer Luft – und Raumfahrt EV (DLR), Eurospace, SME4Space VZW, Service Public Federal de Programmation Politique Scientifique (BELSPO), UK Space Agency (UKSA).
For further details and more information visit the EPIC website: http://www.epic-src.eu
EPIC is a PSA activity under the Horizon 2020 Space “COMPET-3-2014: In-Space electrical propulsion and station keeping“ Work Programme 2014 topic (Grant Agreement (GA) number: 640199).