22 October 2008. Today, ESPI released the report on “Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2007/2008”. This study contains a thorough analysis of the major space events that occurred between July 2007 and June 2008 and presents in a single document comprehensive data and analysis characterising global space activities over this period.
The study “Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2007/2008”, performed by ESPI Research Fellow Nicolas Peter, provides an overview of the European space sector in a global context. It investigates global political and economic trends, as well as the size and developments of the global space sector. It reviews the major developments in space-faring countries, as well as emerging space actors particularly their space policies and strategies. This study also looks at the European institutional market, as well as the defence perspective and the specific role of institutions. Moreover, this analysis provides facts and figures of the space sector to put the development of the European space sector into perspective. It aims to provide information and analysis contributing to facilitate the decision-making process. It is the follow-up to “Space Policy, Issues and Trends in 2006/2007” released in November 2007.
The report received particular attention through the fact that it was distributed in the Council of the European Space Agency at its meeting on 15-16 October 2008 as an information document.