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.
His presentation can be downloaded here.
Details on the programme can be downloaded here.
30 November 2017. On November 23rd and 24th, ESPI Director participated in the ESA Space History conference in Padova (Italy).
He contributed to a round table addressing the question: "Space History: A tool to support Decision-Making?”
The presentation he gave can be downloaded here.
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.
20 November 2017. On the 30th-31st October, ESPI Resident Fellow Dr.Stefano Ferretti chaired the concluding round table of a two-day conference, entitled "Space uses for the benefits of humanity: the wealth of space based data for manifold purposes".
13 November 2017. From 5 to 7 November 2017, ESPI Resident Fellow Matteo Tugnoli participated in the XIX European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), held in Tallinn, Estonia. Since 2009, ESPI supports the rotating Presidency of the EISC in organising the spring Workshop and the autumn Plenary Session. This years’ highly successful Plenary Conference revolved around the theme “Space and Entrepreneurship”. The conference, which took place in conjunction with the European Space Week organised under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, attracted over 100 participants including speakers, and a high-level representation of the European space sector.
15 November 2017. ESPI published the Outcome Report of the ESA-ESPI Workshop on the topic of “Space Data & Cloud Computing Infrastructures: Policies and Regulations” which was held on 07 July 2017 in ESRIN, Frascati (Italy). The report provides a summary of the discussions and main findings of the conference. Download the outcome report here.
10 November 2017. ESPI was invited by the High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the Council of the European Union to provide a keynote presentation about the place of Europe in the global space economy. ESPI presentation can be downloaded here.
10 November 2017. A new contribution to the series Voices from the Space Community is now online. Following his presentation during ESPI 11th Autumn Conference, Mr. Nicolas Bouzou, Director of ASTERÈS and co-founder of the Belém Circle, presents in this paper his views on the future of space by applying Schumpeter’s theory on long-term economic cycles and discusses the conditions that could trigger a space-driven cycle. Download the paper here.
10 November 2017. The 2nd High Level Forum jointly organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Arab Emirates took place in Dubai on 6-9 November 2017.
It was entitled “Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development”.
ESPI Director participated in the concluding High Level Panel addressing “Space as an Arena for Innovation, Integration and Investment".
The slides of his presentation can be downloaded here.
03 November 2017. A new contribution to the series Voices from the Space Community is now online. Following her presentation during ESPI 11th Autumn Conference, Mrs. Isabelle Duvaux-Béchon, Head of the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office at ESA, presents in this paper, written in collaboration with Ulrike Bohlmann, the concept of Space 4.0, the guiding vision of ESA. Space 4.0 has been coined as the motto of the current space age and is a guiding vision for ESA as an analogy to the concept of Industry 4.0 on Earth. Building on the earlier eras of astronomy, competition and cooperation, a 4th era is emerging that should see more and more programmes done in participation around the world. ESA programmes and activities in the frame of this Space 4.0 age resonate with the actions to Inform, Innovate, Interact and Inspire, “Space 4.0i”. Download the paper here.
03 November 2017. The preparation of the post-ISS era is a central topic for international partners who have been, so far, struggling to build a steady, robust and commonly-shared vision for the future of human spaceflight and space exploration. Recent announcements suggest that the state of affairs is now progressing as agencies seem to be converging toward a shared enthusiasm for a return to the Moon in preparation of a future Mars mission. In a context where drivers seem to outweigh barriers, the Deep Space Gateway concept seems particularly close to becoming the next stage of international cooperation in space exploration. What could be the role of Europe in an international Moon programme? What are the next necessary steps to position Europe as a key partner? Download the brief here.
25 October 2017. ESPI published the Outcome Report of its 11th Autumn Conference which addressed the topic of “Innovation in the New Space Economy” on 12 and 13 September 2017. The report provides a summary of the discussions and findings of the conference. Download the outcome report here.
06 October 2017. During the 2017 International Astronautical Congress, held in Adelaide from 25 to 29 September 2017, Dr. Serge Plattard, chair the IAF Committee on Space Security, and former ESPI Resident Fellow Alessandra Vernile participated in various technical sessions where the outcomes of ESPI studies were presented. This year ESPI significantly contributed to IAC with a number of papers in various areas:
25 September 2017. On the 25th of September, ESPI Director participated in Brussels in a High Level Conference on "The Future of EU Finances” organised by DG BUDG.
He was more specifically invited to highlight the achievements of Europe in Space, the challenges ahead for the European Space sector and the perspectives to be considered for the preparation of the next Multi-annual Financial Framework.
The outcome of the conference can be consulted here
25 October 2017. On 19-20 October, ESPI Director participated in a conference organised in Bratislava (Slovakia) on “New Generation Space Policy. His presentation was entitled “How can European Strategy for Space cope with Newspace challenges. The slides of his presentation can be downloaded here.