25 February 2008. A ground breaking joint memorandum on trans-Atlantic space cooperation was released in front of an audience of high-level space policy professionals from key U.S. space institutions in Washington D.C. today.
Following the recent announcement of increased cooperation between ESPI and the Space Policy Institute of George Washington University (GWU-SPI) the two institutes prepared this memorandum, which for the first time provides a joint viewpoint from the two most prominent think tanks of both sides of the Atlantic. This joint effort shall aim to help reinvigorating the longest lasting space alliance and to support the overall position building process on both Europe and the United States. Nicolas Peter who is leading this project at ESPI presented the memorandum together with Professor John Logsdon, Director of GWU-SPI. Professor Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami, President of the Italian Space Agency ASI (which is a member of ESPI) was the key note speaker of this event and welcomed this joint effort recognizing the usefulness of ESPI in providing decision-makers with an independent view on issues relevant to the governance of space.
The European presentation of the joint memorandum will take place on 6 March 2008 at Brussels. Invitation download here.
Nicolas Peter, an alumnus of GWU-SPI’s space policy programme, was also invited while in Washington D.C., to assess the institute’s students presentations on international space surveillance and situational awareness and its influence on U.S. policy options and provide insights on international developments in this domain. In the framework of his foresight study on Europe's choices in space exploration in the timeframe 2025, Nicolas Peter also met during his stay with numerous key stakeholders from NASA, the Department of State, The White House, think tanks, academia, as well as other national space agencies and industries representatives. This study is planned to be completed by July this year.