10 June 2011. ESPI Report 35 entitled "Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2010/2011” was released today. This is the fifth annual edition of a Report that provides an overview of key policy issues and developments in the broader field of space activities over the previous 12 months and it is considered one of ESPI’s flagship publications.

The ESPI “Space Policies, Issues and Trends” series is the Institute’s only annually recurring Report, published every June. Its objective is to provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of all developments in the field of space policy over the previous year. The aim of the Report is to be as exhaustive in its coverage and as coherent in its analysis as possible. For this purpose, it presents new trends in space activities, describes their underlying issues, analyses their effect on space policies worldwide and describes policy options for Europe.

The analytical approach taken by the Report is to present recent developments divided both by subject and country. It therefore covers all major space-faring nations (including emerging ones) as well as non-state stake holders such as the European Union or the European Space Agency. Their space activities and policies are presented in the most global and coherent possible way that encompasses not only civil and military government space programmes, but also commercial space and industrial developments. Finally, one of the Report’s key features is its extensive use of charts and diagrams that visualise the provided information and facilitates its assimilation by the reader.

The information and analysis contained in the Report was exclusively compiled on the basis of publicly available sources, including research conducted in ESPI’s archives and library. The highlights of this year’s Report include analysis of the global financial crisis’ repercussions for the space sector; of the emerging countries’ increased role in global space activities and markets; of the new U.S. National Space Policy and its potential consequences for international cooperation and the commercialisation of space activities; of recent policy and industrial developments surrounding the European Galileo and GMES programmes; of the continued development impetus of the Russian space programme; of the new German and Italian long-term space strategies; of the development of new military space concepts, etc.

Furthermore, detailed facts and figures are given on the state of the global commercial space industry, with a particular focus on the performance of European companies. This data is presented though numerous figures and graphs, which provide a consistent and comprehensive overview of global space activities with a particular focus on space economy and industry developments. When viewed in its entirety, the ESPI “Space Policies, Issues and Trends” series of Reports constitutes a highly informative and useful set of space economy data that span over a period of five years, providing a unique and reliable reference publication, at the service of both space policy experts and the public at large.

The “Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2010/2011” Report was led for the second consecutive year by ESPI Resident Fellow Spyros Pagkratis, with the significant support of ESPI Research Interns Renaud Abram, Cláudia Raposo-Correia and Sonja Russell.


ESPI Resident Fellow Spyros Pagkratis and ESPI Research Intern Renaud Abram


ESPI Research Intern Cláudia Raposo-Correia


ESPI Research Intern Sonja Russell


- ESPI Report 35: “Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2010/2011”




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