15 December 2015. ESPI is always trying to be helpful! At this time of the year one of your biggest dilemmas might be what to get your family and friends for Christmas. If they are space enthusiasts, or potential space enthusiasts, we have some suggestions. Well, many actually. You will find our suggestions here. Obviously the list is not exhaustive, and when we have indicated a source it is just to help you. You may find the items also from other vendors. Enjoy!
14 December 2015. On Saturday (12 December) the ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, published a Letter to the Editor of the Financial Times entitled ‘We should be grateful for the Chan-Zuckerbergs’ generosity’. If you are interested you can find the letter here
3 December 2015. The COP21 climate summit currently underway in Paris will conclude a marathon year for international agreements related to development. The Perspective explains, in particular, how the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the other new frameworks fit together, and summarises how the change from the outgoing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the new SDGs has unfolded.
16 November 2015. The market for Earth Observation (EO) services is being disrupted by new start-ups with innovative business models seeking to shake up the larger, more traditional players. This notwithstanding, large public investments are still being made with both civil and military objectives. Furthermore, government policy in the U.S. is as important as that of Europe for driving and shaping the market and the commercial EO services sector. From these trends arises some tension which in turn raises a few relevant questions. How does government policy influence this market and what can we learn from the markedly different approaches being taken in Europe and the U.S.? And how can Europe ensure that it reaps the full socioeconomic and strategic benefits of its strong investments in EO – especially now that Copernicus is becoming operational? This Perspective seeks to address the main questions in this respect.
ESPI’s newest book publication “When China Goes to the Moon…” is stimulating interesting discussions among a wide range of stakeholders and positive reactions by the press! Published by Springer in August 2015, this eleventh volume of the Studies in Space Policy book series, has already received several reviews within the industry, including a review by Jeff Foust in “The Space Review” and another extensive book review by the e-magazine Go Taikonauts.