25 August 2011. The fourth volume of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” series edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork is now available. It covers in a concise and comprehensive manner global space related developments in 2009/2010.

Serving as a reference publication on global space activities with a special emphasis on space policy developments, this volume of the Yearbook on Space Policy series provides a comprehensive overview and analytical insight on space activities worldwide from a European perspective. The subtitle focuses on the leading trend of expanding space services’ benefits for the citizen, as a response to the global economic crisis and a showcase of the considerable downstream services and investment returns that space activities are capable of producing.

The successful concept of the ESPI Yearbook on Space Policy has remained unchanged in this fourth consecutive volume. In its first part, written by ESPI in-house researchers, it provides an overview of recent developments in space activities, including in the fields of space policy, economy, industry, technology and security. In its second part, it features contributions from internationally renowned experts and members of the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN), who provide additional insight on selected developments of great significance. In its third part, it offers a number of useful tables that present all significant space-related events and developments in a concise and easily accessible manner, including a list of European space activities’ key facts and figures by country. The aforementioned structure of the ESPI Yearbook on Space Policy testifies to its character as a reference publication, unique in its kind in Europe.

The Yearbook on Space Policy, as well as the series “Studies in Space Policy” also published by SpringerWienNewYork are a showcase for the long-standing successful cooperation between ESPI and SpringerWienNewYork. This cooperation indicates the increasing degree of attention that space policy has gained in the field of academic publishing over recent years.


The authors of Yearbook on Space Policy 2009/2010.

From left: Spyros Pagkratis (ESPI), Rainer Sandau (ISPRS), Ian Pryke (Geroge Mason University, Washington DC), Lesley-Jane Smith (Leuphana University), Christophe Venet (University of Tübingen), Blandina Baranes (ESPI), Michael Sheehan (University of Swansea), Simonetta Cheli (ESA), Ray Harris (University College, London), Heike Wieland (EPO) and Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI).

The editorial team of the Yearbook on Space Policy 2009/2010.

From left: Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Blandina Baranes and Spyros Pagkratis.

- Springer website

Related webnews:
- 8 July 2010. "Yearbook on Space Policy 2008/2009. Setting New Trends" published
- 3 June 2009. Second volume of the "Yearbook on Space Policy" covering 2007/2008 published
- 22 July 2008. ESPI's "Yearbook on Space Policy 2006/2007" published

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