16 June 2016. On the fourth day of the Fifty-Ninth session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), Dr. Stefano Ferretti, ESPI Resident Fellow made a technical presentation on Space for Sustainable Development. The technical presentation highlighted the major findings of the ESPI report 59 on Space for Sustainable Development, which was produced as a collective effort by Jörg Feustel-Büechel, Roy Gibson, Peter Hulsroj, Andreas Papp, Elisabeth Veit and Stefano Ferretti. The report aims to provide key stakeholders with an overview of the current and potential contributions of space to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It argues that a fruitful and close dialogue among all the development actors and the space community should be established in order to exploit the full potential of space assets and services.
16 June 2016. On 15 June, ESPI hosted a group of students from the Master in Space Policies and Institutions programme organised by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI).
ESPI and SIOI have a long-stranding and fruitful partnership, though which ESPI provides lectures and hosts SIOI students for research internships. Moreover, a joint committee composed by ASI and SIOI representatives selects each year an Italian Resident Fellow at ESPI, appointed for one year, among the students of the Master programme.
15 June 2016. On 11 June 2016 ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti delivered a presentation on “Europe and China in World Affairs: Turning Constraints into Opportunities through Space” at the international symposium “Looking to the Future: Changing International Relations and Legal Issues Facing Space Activities” in Vienna.
31 May 2016. On 23 May the ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, made a presentation on New Space at the German Association for Foreign Policy in Berlin. The title of the presentation was Consequences of Commercial Use of Space: Current European Measures and Interests, and was accompanying another presentation on New Space by Professor Stephan Hobe of University of Cologne.
The event was the second in a series of four on this topic. The presentation of Mr. Hulsroj can be found here.
31 May 2016. McGill University organized from the 26. to the 28. of May a conference in Montreal, Canada with the topic “Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law”. Experts from all five continents gathered for the two day conference to discuss relevant issues and to mark the official kick off of the project “Manual on International Law Applicable to Military uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS)”. This project is highly important to the whole international community as it aims to provide an objective clarification of the applicability of the existing international law to military uses of outer space, including the conduct of hostilities in outer space and military activities in periods of tension. ESPI Director Peter Hulsroj and ESPI External Consultant Anja Nakarada Pecujlic gave a presentation titled “Space through the lens of Neutrality” which underlines the burning need for such a Manual and was very well received by the participants.
31 May 2016. University College London (UCL) put up on 10th May a space policy workshop on “New approaches for achieving greatest benefit in a changing world” with the aim to provide an environment for key thinkers and policy makers to challenge current approaches and consider alternatives to future space policy related development. ESPI Resident Fellow Serge Plattard made a presentation entitled “Operating in a safe, secure, and sustainable space environment”.
27 May 2016. Until recently the spacecraft manufacturers of Europe and the U.S. have been fairly shielded from competition from low cost manufacturers. As the barriers to entry for new competitors continue to recede through the global levelling of technological capability, European manufacturers might find that their share of the one-to-two dozen commercial satellite contracts available each year will dwindle unless they can form new and forward-looking approaches to remain competitive.