December 11, 2015


EPIC: Electric Propulsion Innovation and Competitiveness


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

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)