28 July 2017. The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) will hold its 11th Autumn Conference on “Innovation in the New Space Economy” in Vienna, Austria, on 12-13 September 2017. The Autumn Conference is a yearly ESPI event where space policy, agency and industry stakeholders come together to discuss issues that affect Europe and the rest of the world.

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10 July 2017. On the 7th of July, ESA and ESPI jointly organised in ESRIN a one-day Workshop around the topic of policies and regulations for Space Data in cloud computing infrastructures. The Workshop gathered more than 70 participants, from European Institutions and Organisations, to the European Space Agency and other space agencies, major aerospace companies, cloud services providers as well as start-ups working with space data, space science researchers and legal experts on data policies.

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29 June 2017. At the occasion of the Vienna Conference on Strategy, Dr. Annette Froehlich gave a talk on the strategic use of outer space at the NDA (National Defence Academy).

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06 July 2017. Considered as key sovereignty assets, spaceports have historically been funded and supported by governments as part of autonomous or independent access to space strategies. Over the last few years though, spaceports have increasingly raised interest of private companies eager to rely on new, cost-effective, infrastructure to provide commercial launch services. Driven by an expected growth of the commercial space transportation demand in particular for space tourism and small vehicles-based launch services, the number of spaceport projects greatly increased recently. What are the stakes for this new generation of spaceports? Download the brief here:

30 June 2017. ESPI and ESA jointly organized In Brussels the conference “Space and SATCOM for 5G - European Transport and Connected Mobility” on 27-28 June 2017. The Conference was very well attended by distinguished representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission (DG-CONNECT, DG-MOVE and DG-GROW), Space Agencies, industry and operators and by representatives of the transport sector at large.ESA was represented by a wide delegation led by TIA Director, Magali Vaissiere, and the Head of the Programme Officer, Hermann Ludwig Moeller, while ESPI was represented by its Director, Jean-Jacques Tortora, and Resident Fellow, Stefano Ferretti.

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26 June 2017. On 21 June ESA and 16 satellite industry leaders signed a joint statement on their collaboration over ‘Satellite for 5G’ at the Paris Air and Space Show, where ESPI was represented by Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti. On 27-28 June 2017  ESPI and ESA are jointly organising the conference Space and SATCOM for 5G - European Transport and Connected Mobility in Brussels. The final programme of the conference is available here.

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22 June 2017. This ESPI evening event aimed to shed light on the current initiatives meant to maintaining a safe, secure and sustainable environment for outer space activities, a multifaceted challenge growing in complexity, requiring convergence on a plethora of technical, policy, legal and political issues.

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19 June 2017. On 13 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).

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09 June 2017. On Friday the 2nd of June, ESPI’s Dr. Annette Froehlich and Vincent Seffinga organised the ESPI – GRULAC space meeting for representatives from Embassies and Permanent Missions from Latin American countries in Vienna, which was co-hosted by the Peruvian Embassy and its second secretary Iván Aybar Valdiva, to discuss the use of satellite data to monitor international agreements.

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

The event is open to any interested participant, on a first-come, first served basis (max. 100 participants). Registration is mandatory, and can be done at the Workshop webpage, with deadline 29 June 2017.

The programme of the Workshop is available here.

09 June 2017. At the 60th session of the UNCOPUOS, Dr. Annette Froehlich presented on-going international cooperation projects of ESPI, especially activities with other regional groups and the recently issued Call for Papers for a Global Space Law Competition on “Fresh view on the Outer Space Treaty”.

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08 June 2017. The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) is pleased to announce an upcoming evening event on:

“Space Security: Some Perspectives”

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08 June 2017. Satellite data has proven to be extremely useful to collect information that would otherwise be unavailable. A number of projects has shown that such data can be used to monitor international agreements, while satellite data has also been used in the proceedings before the International Court of Justice. The use of satellite data can be further extended to monitor international agreements, especially with technological improvements which allow more data to be collected. However, the use of satellite data is not without problems. What issues are being faced before satellite data can be used to monitor international agreements? Download the brief here:

07 June 2017. Are We on the Verge of Suborbital Flights? The recent announcements of the private sector and some strategic inter-sectorial partnerships show promising steps forward. What is still missing for suborbital flights and the connected tourism and transport business opportunities to become a reality ? Download the brief here.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite students and young professionals globally to submit a paper which offers a fresh view on the Outer Space Treaty. For more information: Click Here

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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