1 July 2008. The third ESPI study presentation in Brussels this year focused on Russia's international cooperation and Europe's space security architecture and provided the opportunity to launch the new "Yearbook on Space Policy".
More than forty guests attended this third study presentation by ESPI this year, following the ones in January and March. Taking place at various Brussels locations, this time KoWi and DLR were the hosts, following the Norwegian and the Austrian Permanent Missions before. With a high participation from the Council, various Commission services, agencies, operators, governmental institutions, industry and researchers (including members of the European Space Research and Academic Network, ESPRAN, organized by ESPI), these study presentations have now become a visible landmark in the Brussels space calendar.
The event (announcement download here) was introduced by Mathieu Weiss, the Space Counsellor at the French Permanent Mission as a guest speaker. He outlined the objectives of the French Presidency, which had started the very day of the presentation. Following an introduction to ESPI by its Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Research Fellow Charlotte Mathieu presented the results of the study "Assessing Russia's Space Cooperation with China and India" (Executive Summary download here, complete study here, see webnews from 30 June 2008 here) and Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber presented the results of the study "The European Space Security Architecture" (Executive Summary download here).
The three editors of the "Yearbook on Space Policy", Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Charlotte Mathieu and Nicolas Peter then joined in launching this book, published by Springer WienNewYork, which is intended to become a reference publication for space policy. An additional announcement will follow at its delivery from the publisher, which is foreseen for mid-July. The flyer for the Yearbook can be downloaded here.
Mathieu Weiss, Space Counsellor at the French Permanent Mission and ESPI speakers