22 April 2010. This was an especially busy week at ESPI with a number of activities in a variety of fields, among them: presentations in both Paris and Vienna, the visit of an international student group and an exchange with Japanese industry representatives.
The week began with the presentation of ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson at the MilSpace 2010 conference, organised by the SMi Group on 19-20 April in Paris (programme agenda available here). The presentation featured issues to be tackled by decision-makers to reach a coherent European approach to space and security (presentation available here). Jana Robinson’s presentation was part of the session on “Europe’s Space Security Deliberations”. Other speakers at the conference included: Wing Commander (Ret'd) Andrew Brookes, Director, The Air League, UK; Brigadier General Yves Arnaud, Acting Commander, Joint Space Command, French Joint Staff; Petr Bares, President of the Czech Space Alliance; and Erwin Duhamel, Head of the Security Strategy and Partnership Development Office at the European Space Agency. Due to the restrictions on air travel caused by the volcano eruption in Iceland, Jana Robinson delivered her presentation via conference call.
ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson during conference call
On 21 April 2010, participants in the Master’s Degree course at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, visited ESPI and heard presentations by ESPI Resident Fellows Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi on regulations and governance as well as Jana Robinson on space and security. The group was comprised of students from 14 countries, and was welcomed by ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl. The EPSI Director highlighted the contributions by Götz Neuneck, the Director of IFSH, to the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN).
The IFSH Master Course at ESPI with ESPI Resident Fellows
Jana Robinson and Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi (front left) who gave presentations
Later that day, Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi gave presentations at the Technical University of Vienna. These presentations were organised by the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG) under the auspices of Professor Harald Schuh and Susanne Fuhrmann (announcement here). ESPI concentrated on current issues for regulating satellite Earth observation to an audience of experts and students in the field of Earth Observation applications (presentation available here). In this context, Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi elaborated on the results of the recent ISPRS/ESPI/IAA/IISL conference (related webnews here), which had identified a sizable number of relevant regulatory issues in this field.
ESPI Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi presenting
at the Technical University Vienna
Finally, on 22 April 2010, ESPI Project Manager, Spyros Pagkratis, intended to welcome two representatives from Japanese industry (i.e.the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies SJAC and the Excalibur Corporation), for the purpose of exchanging views on current issues in European and Japanese space activities. The content of this dialogue will constitute elements of the ESPI Report on Space Policies, Issues and Trends 2009/2010 presently being prepared by Spyros Pagkratis. The physical meeting fell victim to the volcano mess and will be conducted virtually in the near future.