07 April 2017. In 2017, ESPI will prepare a study on how to enhance Europe’s role in space security matters. This project will embrace the various current concerns regarding security of access and security of operations in space, their treatment within the established venues, and offer possible lines along which Europe could be key to unlock the standstill situation on the matter.
After analysing recent reports dealing with this topic and going through a number of interviews, the study will come up with a set of concrete recommendations and propose initiatives regarding short and medium term European space policy evolution in these matters in terms of debris mitigation, in-orbit avoidance and space weather forecasting.
The report will particularly highlight the necessary continuity from Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and ultimately to Space Traffic Management (STM), and will reflect on the institutional as well as technical means necessary to ensure a consistent implementation of the required regulations.
The dual nature of the threats currently dealt with separately by the Conference on Disarmament (CD) and the COPUOS will be analysed in detail. Indeed this institutional allocation is a major stumbling block preventing real progress towards tangible solutions enhancing space security.
To support this project, ESPI is looking to employ a Research Intern for a minimum of three to a maximum of five months at the premises of the Institute in Vienna, starting from May 2nd 2017.
The main duties envisioned for this internship are: