12 May 2017. ESA and ESPI are jointly organising a Workshop entitled “Space Data & Cloud Computing Infrastructures: Policies and Regulations”, which will take place on 7 July 2017 at the premises of ESA/ESRIN in Frascati, Rome, Italy.

This one-day Workshop aims to address some key policy and regulatory questions – such as data rights and IPRs – raised by today’s continuous digitalization process, and in particular by the growing use of distributed computing for science data.

Speakers from the European Space Agency, the European Commission as well as major cloud computing providers and scientific cloud computing users will present and discuss policy, regulations and legal issues related to the exploitation of space science data in cloud computing infrastructures over four thematic sessions.

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02 May 2017. Dr. Annette Froehlich, Senior researcher seconded by DLR (German Aerospace Center) to ESPI, lectured in current space law and policy challenges at the “Master in Space Policy and Institutions” in Rome for SIOI, the Italian Society for International Organizations.

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09 May 2017. Making Exploration Great Again. The signature by Donald Trump on March 25 of NASA’s Transition Authorization Act of 2017, the first comprehensive NASA authorization passed by Congress in more than six years, marks clearly the willingness of the US Congress and the executive to have NASA actively preparing for expanding “permanent human presence beyond low-Earth orbit… Download the brief here.

 

25 April 2017. The ORF Space Alert is a tri-monthly compendium of developments related to space activities and carries space news, information on primary sources statements as well as opinion pieces and commentaries written by officials, experts and scholars from the international space community. The Space Alerts are published by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a leading Indian think-tank based in New Delhi, and are widely circulated amongst policymakers, academia, think tanks and the public.

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08 May 2017. On 5 May 2017, ESPI Resident Fellow was invited to deliver a lecture on the international dimension of China’s space activities at the University of Torino. The lecture was part of the Spring Seminars that the university holds every year in the context of its Master’s degree in International Studies.

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14 May 2017. The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) is currently organizing its 11th Autumn Conference on “Innovation in the New Space Economy” which will take place in ESPI on 12-13 September 2017. The Autumn Conference is a yearly ESPI event where policy and industry stakeholders in the space sector come together to discuss issues that affect Europe and the rest of the world.

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02 May 2017. Save the date !!! ESPI and ESA are co-organizing the conference “Space and SATCOM for 5G - European Transport and Connected Mobility” which will take place in Brussels on 27-28 June 2017. The Conference aims at promoting cooperative frameworks that encourage the interworking of satellite and terrestrial technologies in support to the transport sector at large, by bringing together the respective business and institutional communities. Special emphasis will be put on the roles and approaches of the diverse groups of stakeholders involved in the development of satellite based 5G networks and of future transportation vehicles.

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21 April 2017. Recognizing the efforts, achievements and commitment towards the students, the University of Cape Town has awarded Dr Annette Froehlich the title "Honorary Adjunct Senior Lecturer". Since the creation of the Master of Space Studies at the University of Cape Town, Dr Froehlich has been visiting lecturer in the SpaceLab MPhil in the Space Studies Programme.

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28 March 2017. At the 56th session of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee, Dr. Annette Froehlich presented the on-going project with 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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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.

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31 March 2017. On 28 March 2017, ESPI hosted its traditional evening event at the margins of the Legal Subcommittee of UNCOPUOS. This year’s event was dedicated to the presentation of Harry Eyres´ book “Seeing Our Planet Whole: The Cultural and Ethical Implications of Earth Observation” (Springer, 2017), which came out of a collaboration with ESA and ESPI where he was a part –time Senior Fellow from 2013 to 2016.

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28 March 2017. On Monday, March 27th, ESPI was invited to present its report 62 on the “Governance of Galileo” to the GSA administrative board.

This presentation was given by Jean-Jacques Tortora, ESPI Director, and Serge Plattard, ESPI Senior resident fellow, in GSA premises in Prague, Czech Republic.

The support of the presentation can be consulted here.

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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