Access to Space

The H2020 Space work program deals with innovative concepts for low cost launch systems and services for mini, micro, and nanosatellites, and advanced manufacturing of launch systems.

Access to space is an indispensable element of the entire value chain of space and has been recognized as an area of strategic importance towards the direction of Europe's non-dependence.

The Space Strategy for Europe has confirmed that Europe shall maintain autonomous, reliable and cost-effective access to space. It underlined that it is crucial that Europe continues to have modern, efficient and flexible launch, production and test infrastructure facilities.

Cost reduction and improving flexibility of European launch systems are the main challenges in order to foster European industry competitiveness on the global market.

The industry 4.0 transformational wave is likely to bring opportunities for lowering the cost of space launch manufacturing/integration/testing/operations and further improving quality.

The specific challenge is to support research and innovation in technologies, in complementarity and full synergy with the on-going work undertaken by Member States and European initiatives, contributing to:

  • Investigate the potential Launch system reusability technologies;
  • Launch system advanced manufacturing and modern ground infrastructures.¬†

The H2020 Space work program deals with innovative concepts for low cost launch systems and services for mini, micro, and nanosatellites, and advanced manufacturing of launch systems.


Prize - Low-Cost Space Launch

The challenge is to develop a European technologically non-dependent solution for launching light satellites into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), which will enable dedicated low-cost launches with committed schedule and orbit.

The challenge is to develop a European technologically non-dependent solution for launching light satellites into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), which will enable dedicated low-cost launches with committed schedule and orbit.

The solution needs to be innovative, implementable, affordable in development and exploitation phases, and commercially viable.

https://ec.europa.eu/research/eic/index.cfm?pg=prizes_space