23 August 2011. Issue 51 of the "ESPI Perspectives" series examines recent and future developments in Ukrainian space activities. It offers a complete overview of the Ukrainian space programme in all its dimensions: institutional, legislative, economic, industrial, commercial and technological. It further provides an analysis of past developments and future prospects of European-Ukrainian cooperation in space activities and related technologies research, while describing the mutual advantages from such cooperation, both on a bilateral and international level.
As the country that inherited one third of the industrial space capabilities of the former Soviet Union, Ukraine was one of the first ex-Soviet states to create a Space Agency and to conceive a comprehensive space policy through the implementation of four consecutive space programmes. The latest of these programmes includes space activities in several areas, such as Earth observation, navigation, launch services’ development and space science missions. In spite of the setback to the country’s commercial space activities caused by the Sea Launch bankruptcy, future prospects for Ukrainian subcontractors engaged in the project under the company’s new Russian management seem promising. On an institutional level, the importance of space activities in Ukraine is reflected in its complex and comprehensive national space legislation, which includes the Law on Space Activities of 1996 and the Law on State Support for Space Activities of 2000. This legal framework includes extremely elaborate provisions regarding registering, licensing and certifying procedures for all space related products and services provided in Ukraine, or under Ukrainian jurisdiction abroad. However, further efforts should be made towards its harmonisation with European standards. At the moment, EU-Ukraine cooperation in space is conducted through the activities of a Joint Support Office in Kiev, operating within the FP7 framework. Further strengthening of this cooperation could be made possible through the Ukrainian participation in the EU flagship programmes of Galileo and GMES.
Michel Laffaiteur, co-author of “ESPI Perspectives 51”
Graduate in economic sciences and from the "Institut Français de Gestion" and in international relations from the "Centre des Hautes Etudes pour l'Afrique et l'Asie". He joined CNES in 1971. He has been in charge of the relations with ESA for the use of the Kourou space centre until 1985 and then special assistant to the CNES's Secretary General for Guiana affairs until 1992. He joined the CNES international Directorate in 1993. He was in charge of the relations with African and Mediterranean countries until 1999 and of the UNCOPUOS from 1996 to 2001. From November 2001 he was detached from CNES to the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR, Cologne, Germany) in the Corporate Development and External Relations, dealing mainly with international affairs (UN and international cooperation) and European strategy.
Oleg Fedorov, co-author of “ESPI Perspectives 51”
Oleg Fedorov currently holds the position of Director of the Space Research Institute NAS and NSA of Ukraine. His main fields of expertise include space material science, space programming and space projects’ management. His current research is focused on space activity analysis and space material science. For his scientific research, he was awarded the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of Science and Technology in 2008. He is also a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the national representative of Ukraine with the International Committee on Space Research, COSPAR and numerous international organisations. He has also been appointed Judge of the Higher Attestation Commission of Ukraine in the field of informatics. He holds a PhD Degree in physics and mathematics from the Institute for Metal Physics of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences. Throughout his career, he contributed to numerous scientific publications in the field of space and material physics. His latest publications include contributions to: Kogan F. and Powell A. “Use of Satellite and In-Situ Data to Improve Sustainability”. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security, 2011, and “Processes of crystal growth: kinetics, shape, heterogeneity”. Naukova dumka, Kyiv 2010.
Sergey Gerasymchuk, co-author of “ESPI Perspectives 51”
Sergey Gerasymchuk is an experienced expert with over 26 years of professional background in the sphere of the development and implementation of innovation strategy, intellectual property rights, technology transfer and commercialisation, attraction of foreign investments for the innovation sector and project management. His professional experience in innovation policy and capacity building has been gained through the implementation of European policies and practices in the framework of EU TWINNING and TACIS projects. He was a member of the French-German-Ukrainian team which initiated the first EU TWINNING project in space “Boosting Ukrainian Space Cooperation with the European Union”. He participated in analysing current Ukrainian innovation policy and capacity building for the aerospace sector, elaborating and implementing detailed working plans to enhance Ukrainian innovation policy and capacity building for this sector. He also participated in the development and implementation of innovation policies in the framework of the Ukraine-Japan Centre Project of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, through providing the Ukrainian government and businesses with Japanese innovation policy and practices to enhance Ukrainian R&D capacity. Much of his experience in the abovementioned fields was gained through the implementation of TACIS BISTRO -1 project on Ukrainian Space Technology Commercialisation and TACIS BISTRO -2 project on the Commercialisation of Ukrainian Space Technologies and Regulations. As a team leader (Ukraine) of both projects, he provided the Ukrainian government and businesses with European policy and case studies in the sphere of intellectual property rights, technology transfer and commercialisation. He is currently working as a thematic expert for the EU-funded project Joint Support Office for enhancing Ukraine's integration into the European Research Area.