istanbul26 October 2007. ESPI had been invited to speak at two international conferences this week, presenting its research in the fields of policy-making and security.




EURISY held a conference on “Areas and Mechanisms for Collaboration between Turkish and European Space Actors in Space Activities” from 22-23 October 2007 in Istanbul. This event, attended by around 200 persons, looked into perspectives of a closer cooperation based on an assessment and discussion of common interests and potential fields of synergy in various areas of space technology applications. 

 
At the occasion, numerous high ranking Turkish and European officials spoke about the general policy background, the institutional support programmes, the industrial focus and the scientific panorama of cooperation. As a basic input, ESPI Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber gave a presentation titled “The Case for a Space Policy” in the first session. Herein, he dwelled upon the function of a Space Policy to shape and structure the interplay of space goals, actors and organization. He also highlighted the associated political process and the typical lifecycle of a space policy. 



The second event this week was a workshop organized by the Center for Defense Information, a Washington DC based think tank together with the US Air Force Academy’s Center for Space and Defense. Under the leadership of Theresa Hitchens, it held the second workshop on Space Situational Awareness (SSA) on 25-26 October 2007 in London. ESPI’s Secretary General Kai-Uwe Schrogl, who had already participated in the first workshop, which had taken place in September 2006 in Colorado Springs, spoke on the role of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in drafting space traffic management rules, for which SSA is an important building block. 

Since this workshop was intended to build transatlantic transparency and cooperation, it was very timely that ESPI was also able to present its current work on SSA data policy. Wolfgang Rathgeber, the manager of this project, showed the current status and provided ideas on how to shape transatlantic cooperation in this field. The workshop again proofed useful in bringing the communities from the US and Europe together and intensify the dialogue, which is necessary to provide decision-makers with concrete perspectives.
 


The second event this week was a workshop organized by the Center for Defense Information, a Washington DC based think tank together with the US Air Force Academy’s Center for Space and Defense. Under the leadership of Theresa Hitchens, it held the second workshop on Space Situational Awareness (SSA) on 25-26 October 2007 in London. ESPI’s Secretary General Kai-Uwe Schrogl, who had already participated in the first workshop, which had taken place in September 2006 in Colorado Springs, spoke on the role of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in drafting space traffic management rules, for which SSA is an important building block. 

Since this workshop was intended to build transatlantic transparency and cooperation, it was very timely that ESPI was also able to present its current work on SSA data policy. Wolfgang Rathgeber, the manager of this project, showed the current status and provided ideas on how to shape transatlantic cooperation in this field. The workshop again proofed useful in bringing the communities from the US and Europe together and intensify the dialogue, which is necessary to provide decision-makers with concrete perspectives.
 





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