24 February 2017. The ninth volume of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” series edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork is now available. This edition covers global space related developments in the calendar year 2015.
20 February 2017. Issue No.9 of the “ESPI Briefs” series is now available to read. It focusses on finding the right technology policy framework, risk-sharing scheme between public and private actors, and a long-term vision for Europe’s space activity to remain ahead of the curve in space technologies and services. Download the brief here.
13 February 2017. At the 54th session of the COPUOS STSC, on the 8 February, ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti presented the ESPI Report 60: “Engaging with Stakeholders in Preparation for UNISPACE+50”. On the same day it took place the IAF Symposium 2017 “What is at stake in Space in 2017 and 2018”.
13 February 2017. At the 54th session of the COPUOS STSC, ESPI presented its on-going project on the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC), which is one of the five regional groups at the United Nations representing 17% of all UN members.
03 February 2017. Eighteen years after the call for a European navigation satellite system, the initial services of the European GNSS Galileo have been declared on December 15, 2016. In the meantime, the tribulations of the programme led to successive changes in its governance until its consolidation in 2013. The resulting configuration, in force until 2020, proved to be effective regarding the deployment of the system. In the new context of system exploitation, and while the elaboration of the next GNSS regulation will be starting this year, this report proposes alternative governance schemes tailored for this new phase of the programme.
On 1 February 2017, ESPI hosted an event on the topic “India in Space: The Forward Look to International Cooperation” at the margins of the third day of the 54th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of UNCOPUOS. As ESPI prepares to publish a book with a focus on the Indian space programme and the potential for stronger future space cooperation between India and Europe in the space sector, this event highlighted those areas of cooperation that can prove mutually beneficial in the future on the basis of already existing collaborations between the world’s largest democracies. Other key topics such as finding and building on common ground as well as overcoming hurdles that may inhibit a fruitful partnership were also discussed.