22 January 2009. Can Europe afford not to use space? This new ESPI Special on “Europe without Space?” provides the most striking problems and threats Europe would encounter if it stopped using space applications – a scenario which opens the eyes for the benefits space utilisation provides for all.
Departing from the thought experiment what would happen if Europe completely stopped being involved in any space activities, “Europe without Space?” highlights how space has profoundly enriched daily life in Europe and how Europe’s space activities have had important spill-over effects not only on the European economy, but also on Europe’s political standing in the world. After giving detailed examples of the impact of Europe’s space activities in the fields “Society and Business”, “Science and Technology” and “Security and Influence”, the flyer concludes with a set of policy recommendations that will help Europe to maintain and further expand the benefits it derives from space.
ESPI Research Intern Deborah Rice
This ESPI Special was prepared by Deborah Rice, who was an ESPI Research Intern in late 2008. She holds a Masters Degree in Political Sciences from Tübingen University, Germany and has now started to prepare a Ph.D. in the framework of a European research project at the Free University Amsterdam.