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.
27 May 2016. ESPI’s Report 56, “The European Launchers between Commerce and Geopolitics” is stimulating interesting discussions among a wide range of stakeholders and positive reactions by the Italian press
26 May 2016. On 3 May 2016, ESPI Resident Fellows Marco Aliberti and Matteo Tugnoli were invited to deliver a lecture on the findings of the ESPI Report “The European Launchers between Commerce and Geopolitics” at the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in Rome.
19 May 2016. The General Assembly of ESPI met in ordinary session on 26 April 2016. At the meeting the General Assembly elected Mr. Jean-Jacques Tortora as the new Director, taking office on 1 June 2016. Mr. Tortora is an aerospace engineer by training, has broad experience in the space domain and has been the Secretary General of Eurospace for the past nine years.