24 March 2017. At its last meeting held in Vienna on March 22nd, ESPI Advisory Council unanimously elected Geneviève Fioraso, former French Minister in charge of Space, as its new chairperson in replacement of Herbert Allgeier.

Composition and CVs of members of ESPI Advisory Council can be found here.

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17 March 2017. On Friday 17 March 2017, ESPI’s Dr. Annette Froehlich and David Nader hosted representatives from Embassies and Permanent Missions from Latin American Countries based in Vienna to discuss the delimitation of outer space.

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24 February 2017.  Dr. Annette Froehlich gave a talk on “international space law and current challenges” on Friday 24 February 2017 at the Space Engineering Academy at Somerset West (SA).

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24 February 2017. 20 – 24 February 2017. This year once more, Dr. Annette Froehlich lectured at the University of Cape Town for the Master Space Studies and its course „Space and Society“. This module comprises legal aspects, economic issues of space activities and space policy related issues.

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16 March 2017. Over more than half a century of debate, no consensus regarding a legal structure delimiting outer space has been reached by the global space community. Persisting disagreement over the necessity of such a regulation should be considered in light of the expected rise of a number of initiatives targeting the lower layers of outer space. Download the brief here.

16 March 2017. ESPI is pleased to announce an upcoming evening event and reception on:

"Seeing Our Planet Whole: A Cultural and Ethical View of Earth Observation”

Date: 28 March 2017

Time: 18:30

Venue: ESPI, Schwarzenbergplatz 6 (entrance Zaunergasse 1-3, 2nd Floor), A-1030 Vienna, Austria

Please register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to your participation! Download the programme here.

09 March 2017. Issue Np. 10 on ESPI's Brief is now available to read. On 22 February 2017, the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) signed an agreement of cooperation between the two Agencies on a range of human spaceflight activities. This agreement is one of thirteen signed recently by Italy and China in the perspective of a scientific and industrial collaboration between the two Countries. Download the brief here.

03 March 2017. From the 16th to 18th February 2017, ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora and ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti participated, in their capacity as Dialogue Sponsors, in the 3rd ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue in New Delhi.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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01 February 2017. On 24-25 January, ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora, and ESPI Resident Fellows Serge Plattard, Cenan Al-Ekabi, and Alessandra Vernile participated in the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy discussing a “Space Strategy for Europe: the road ahead” in Brussels, Belgium. Within six sessions, high-level Policy and Industry stakeholders discussed the European Commission’s new EU Space Strategy and New Space in light of competitiveness, service connectivity and economy, diplomacy, and defence; also addressed was Europe’s evolving SatCom industry and means in which the EU should help to facilitate and fund the future space market.

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31 January 2017. On the occasion of the 54th session of the UN COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, ESPI published this report, as a collective effort of Stefano Ferretti, Jean-Jacques Tortora, Elisabeth Veit and Alessandra Vernile. The report summarizes recommendations in regard to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030, with a particular focus on the outcomes of the 10th ESPI Autumn Conference “Space for Sustainable Development”, and it looks forward to the upcoming UNISPACE+50 conference, with the aim of giving new impulse to the mandate of the COPUOS for the years to come.

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In 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty is celebrated. Therefore it is time to undertake a study on this Treaty taking into account new challenges and space activities.

To support this project, ESPI is looking to employ a Research Intern for a minimum of three months at the premises of the Institute in Vienna, starting from April 2017.

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30 January 2017. Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director of ESPI participated in the TV show on CCTV in December 2016. The link to the show can be downloaded here.

19 January 2017. ESPI is pleased to announce an upcoming evening event and reception on:

"India in Space: The Forward Look to International Cooperation”

Date: 1 February 2017

Time: 18:30

Venue: ESPI, Schwarzenbergplatz 6 (entrance Zaunergasse 1-3, 2nd Floor), A-1030 Vienna, Austria

Please register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to your participation! Download the programme here.

17 January 2017. Issue No.8 of the “ESPI Briefs” series is now available. It provides some reflections and comments on the new U.S. administration plans for space policy, as well as on implications and opportunities for Europe. You can download it here