26 February 2010. Issue 30 of the “ESPI Perspectives” tackles the crucial question of how to nurture sustainable and wide markets for space in Europe. It inter alia presents ideas on how to include space in European marcroeconomic policies.
The economic potential of space applications has been clearly acknowledged in the recent years in Europe. On the background of the economic crisis, several official EU documents highlighted the role space has to play to help economic recovery, to boost innovation and to contribute to growth. However, the real challenge for the space sector is to nurture sustainable and wide markets in the future. To reach this goal, it is necessary not only to master successfully the shift from a technology-push approach to a demand-pull perspective, but also to put emphasis more clearly on the transversal nature of space, and thus on its societal importance. This requires an integrated approach of space, based on strong political signals at the EU and national levels on the one hand, and on the deepening of initiatives to support new downstream markets on the other hand.
ESPI Associate Fellow Christophe Venet
This issue of “ESPI Perspectives” was prepared by ESPI Associate Fellow Christophe Venet, who is also co-editor of the upcoming “Yearbook on Space Policy 2008/2009”.