13 September 2007. At the First CEAS European Air and Space Conference, ESPI presented current research activities related to European space policy and perspectives for future space regulation.
The first European conference by the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) took place from 10 to 13 September in Berlin. While it was a primarily engineering oriented conference, ESPI had the opportunity to present its recent study on a Network of Technical Centres in Europe. The study manager, Wolfgang Rathgeber, stressed the importance of interlinking European capabilities and focused on recommendations for the way forward in his presentation.The relevance of this study to the future organization of the research activities in Europe became clear throughout the programme of the congress, where numerous questions of cooperation and coordination of institutions around Europe were brought up.
Network of Centers - Assessment and Perspectives
ESPI´s 2nd Report (November 2006) download
In another presentation, ESPI’s Secretary General Kai-Uwe Schrogl, talked about the future of regulating space activities under the concept of Space Traffic Management (STM). He had been invited to present this topic in the framework of a special session on the possible establishment of an “ICAO for Outer Space”. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) might actually be a model for shaping the future of space regulation, and Kai-Uwe Schrogl explained during his talk and in the framework of the accompanying round table discussion the results of the first large scale study on the topic he had co-chaired under the auspices of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) from 2002 to 2005. The topic of STM is also relevant for ESPI’s current work in the field of Space Situational Awareness (lead by Wolfgang Rathgeber, see the web news of 6 September 2007) and security related research. In the latter context, Kai-Uwe Schrogl had been invited on 11 September 2007 to address the Studiengesellschaft der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Wehrtechnik (the Study Association of the German Society for Armament Technology) at their annual forum, which took place in Bonn Bad Godesberg from 11 to 12 September. There he spoke on space law and the military use of outer space. One of the conclusions in this presentation was that Europe needs an autonomous capacity to guarantee an independent Space Situational Awareness. This will be necessary to monitor any current and future regulation of space activities with relevance for civilian and military activities.