14 May 2008. The new issue of “ESPI Perspectives” casts light on Africa as a future space-faring continent. Africa is no blind spot anymore on the landscape of space activities and holds a high potential also for cooperation with Europe.
“ESPI Perspectives 7” entitled “Africa – the future space-faring continent. Opportunities for African-European cooperation“ has been prepared by Irena Bido from the German Aerospace Center DLR, currently Visiting Researcher at ESPI.
The author regards Africa as a continent of “space chances” as there is the need for easy accessible communication in Africa, an abundance of potential young engineers and already developed remote sensing capabilities in numerous African countries.
ESPI Visiting Researcher Irena Bido
Europe as a whole with the EC, ESA, EUMETSAT and the European countries should accompany - by their unique experience in supranational/international policies - the manifold processes of preparing an African space programme or an African Space Agency by means of policy, industry involvement and multilateral partnerships.
This issue of “ESPI Perspectives” extends the topic of GMES and Africa, dealt with in the recently published “ESPI Perspectives 6”.