12 January 2018. In the past decade, the count of trackable debris fragments has more than doubled, driven by collisions in space, several high-profile ASAT tests, the proliferation of cubesats and growing number of upper stages left in orbit. Additional European leadership will be needed to fully respond to the emerging space traffic challenges presented by various trends including the incoming LEO mega-constellations and increased risk of collisions. The ESPI Brief 19 provides an overview of the growing concern of orbital debris, Europe’s efforts in this domain, and proposes a way to break the international deadlock in debris mitigation efforts. Download the ESPI Brief 19 here.
1 Dec 2017. ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti recently contributed to the initiative organized by ESA 'Exploring Threats and Opportunities through Mega Trends in the Space 4.0 Era', which explored the upcoming changes to the way we live and work on Earth, potentially influencing the future of space as well. In the era of Space 4.0 we have to be adaptive to change, looking at the future as an ever-changing environment, while anticipating solutions that can benefit our society at large in the coming years.
1 Dec 2017. ESPI recently contributed to the Open Universe initiative, organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Italian Space Agency, with the support of the European Space Agency. The ESPI Director co-chaired session 2 “International cooperation, policy and legal aspects”, while ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti co-chaired session 3 “Educational, social and economic benefits of open data”.
30 November 2017. On 27 November 2017, ESPI Resident Fellow Cenan Al-Ekabi gave an evening lecture at the American Center in Prague, Czech Republic. The event was part of a series of three public guest lectures organized by the Institute of Political Studies at the Charles University, the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) and the American Center for the Master’s Degree course on “Space Security in the 21st Century”. He gave a broad overview of Europe’s activities in space with a focus on the security dimensions, from its initial drivers to the current main efforts, and highlighted the European space sector’s investment in space compared with other major space actors and recent developments in global space community.
29 November 2017. A number of spacefaring countries are in the process of developing a new generation of super heavy launcher vehicles, with the purpose of achieving ever more ambitious space exploration and human spaceflight missions, from cis-lunar orbit to Mars. In addition, for the first time in history, a number of private companies are also in advanced stages of development of their own super heavy rockets, aiming both at space exploration as well as the commercial satellite market.
The ESPI Brief 18 provides an overview on such developments and their objectives, and reflects on perspectives in the European context. Download the ESPI Brief 18 here.
29 November 2017. ESPI contributed to a report of the institut français des relations internationales (ifri) on the place of space programs in the digital revolution and the impact of New Space on various industrial sectors. The report concludes with an analysis of the role and responsibilities of the EU in the development of a sustained European space and digital governance. ESPI paper, written by Sebastien Moranta with the support of Matteo Cappella focuses on the impact of the digital transformation on the satcom sector and examines the challenges and opportunities ahead of operators in the age of the digital economy and society. The complete report, including ESPI paper, is available on ifri website.