21 March 2011. Findings and recommendations from the ESPI conference "European Autonomy in Space" are available now in a concise flyer.
The conference “European Autonomy in Space” took place on 17 and 18 January 2011 with the aim to investigate whether “Autonomy” is still a valid concept for European space policy. Participants included high ranking speakers from the EU Council Secretariat, representatives of European non-space related think tanks, as well as renowned experts from various space sectors (related webnews here).
Speakers and moderators at the conference (from left): Gerhard Thiele (ESPI), Alfredo Roma (ESPI Advisory Council), Marcel Dickow (SWP), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI), Elöd Both (Hungarian Space Office), Samuel Schubert (Webster Vienna Private University), Rik Hansen (University of Leuven), Nicolas Warinsko (European Commission), Roger Bonnet (ISSI), Frank De Winne (ESA), Géraldine Naja (ESA), Jean Bruston (ESA), Alain Gaubert (ESPI Advisory Council), Jan Wouters (University of Leuven), Niklas Reinke (DLR), Michel Doubovick (Arianespace), Christophe Venet (IFRI)
The present flyer (download here), building on the contributions by speakers and the discussions, contains definitions and suggests the use of terms related to “Autonomy”. It reflects experiences from non-space EU policy areas, which are being compared to various fields in space. Furthermore, it stresses the importance of “Must Do’s” in a European space policy and provides clear recommendations, i.e. regarding access to space and the need for free and unrestricted access to critical space technologies. The full proceedings are currently prepared and will be published in the book series “Studies in Space Policy” edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork. The volume “European Autonomy in Space” will be edited by ESPI Resident Fellow Gerhard Thiele, who is the project leader for this activity, together with ESPI Advisory Council member Alain Gaubert and ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl.