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19 March 2009. The International Programme Committee for the 2009 International Astronautical Congress selected at its meeting in Paris the so far largest number of ESPI contributions to this most prominent annual space event.

The 2009 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) this year will be held in Daejeon (South Korea) from 12 to 16 October. From 17 to 19 March 2009 the International Programme Committee (IPC) as well as the preparatory bodies of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) met for putting together the programme for this major event of the space community. ESPI had been submitting numerous abstracts based on recent and current study activities. Contained in the programme of the Congress will be: Charlotte Mathieu “Space Applications in Europe: Addressing the Transition Between Demonstration and Applications”, Wolfgang Rathgeber “Enhancing the European Indentity in Matters of Space and Security”, Nina-Louisa Remuß “Space and Internal Security – Developing a Concept for the Use of Space Assets to Assure a Secure Europe”, Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Matxalen Sanchez Aranzamendi: “The economic and political impact of national space laws in Europe”. Wolfgang Rathgeber, Nina-Louisa Remuß and Kai-Uwe Schrogl will also co-author a paper together with an authors team from Secure World Foundation on “Taking the ’10 Steps to Achieve Fair and Responsible Use of Outer Space’”.

In addition, ESPI staff will hold a number of functions and positions during the congress. Nicolas Peter will co-chair the session on “New Developments in National Space Policies and Programmes” and Charlotte Mathieu will be the rapporteur for the session on Integrated Applications “User Needs: Desires, Requirements and Future Directions”. Kai-Uwe Schrogl acts, in his capacity as the Chairman of IAA’s Commission on Space Policy, Economics and Regulations and as Chairman of the IAA/IISL Scientific-Legal Liaison Committee as the Coordinator of the Symposium on Space Policy, Economics and Regulations, which comprises five sessions.

Through this, ESPI’s visibility at the next IAC will be high and the research results will be presented to a broad community.  



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