22 July 2009. Issue 24 of the “ESPI Perspectives“ deals with the question of how space technology can be a crucial element in Europe’s Plan for Innovation as a measure to handle the economic crises.
Space technology is set to be part of Europe’s Plan of Innovation as being one of the main technologies of the future. By this space technology actually gets more public attention than it has got in recent years and high expectations have been raised. It seems as if space technology is regarded as an universal remedy to solve Europe’s tasks concerning the economic crisis, innovation policy and sustained economic growth. In this paper, a critical analysis will raise the awareness of the associated chances and opportunities. It will show how space technology can contribute to this plan and what problems might occur.
ESPI Visiting Researcher Heike Steffens
The author, Heike Steffens, works in the Executive Board, Division Space of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). From April to June 2009 she spent three months as a Visiting Researcher at ESPI, when this paper was prepared.