23 November 2009. “Young ESA” staff from ESTEC, ESRIN and ESOC have visited ESPI as part of a one day trip to Vienna dedicated to learn the workings of the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and ESPI.
A group of about 40 “Young ESA” staff have been visiting the two main institutions dealing with space policy in Vienna, UNOOSA and ESPI. The visit was organised by Christina Giannopapa and aimed to instruct the 40 staff members of ESA of mainly technical background on the policy making mechanisms and space policy topics of international and European relevance. After visiting the UNOOSA premises, the “Young ESA” were received at ESPI where they were introduced the activities and mission of ESPI by ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl and briefed on the European efforts space security and space legislation by Christophe Venet and Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi respectively. After a presentation on the activities of the Space Generation Advisory Council SGAC (which is hosted at ESPI) by Arianne Cornell, the vistors were encouraged to engage in active discussion on the topics presented by ESPI staff.
With his presentation on “Space and Security – a European Perspective” ESPI Research Assistant Christophe Venet put forward the current issues of space and security in Europe such as joint flagship projects, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), avoidance of space weaponisation, missile defence or space terrorism while depicting the European identity for space and security and drawing the way ahead in Europe. Then ESPI Project Manager Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi gave a presentation on “Space Legislation in Europe - the New Challenge for the Lisbon Europe” whereby she explained the latest trends in space legislations in Europe and their impact on commercial space activities while framing space legislation in the context of the Lisbon Treaty. Both presentations triggered an interesting discussion where “Young ESA” showed their vivid interest on policy aspects of space.