28 September 2007. At this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the main event of the global space community, ESPI not only presented current research but also came in a position to shape the Congress’s activities in the coming years.

During IAC 2007, which took place from 24 to 28 September in Hyderabad, India, numerous presentations were given by ESPI staff on past and current research activities. Wolfgang Rathgeber presented results of the recently completed study on cooperation with China under the special theme of “A new focus for Sino-European space cooperation: applications for sustainable development”. Nicolas Peter provided a paper on “How to raise the space sustainability consciousness of emerging space actors” co-authored with Wolfgang Rathgeber. Kai-Uwe Schrogl also had prepared papers on “The results of the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee Working Group on ‘Practice of States and international organizations in registering space objects’ 2005-2007” together with Niklas Hedman from the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs and on “Communicating Earth Observation strategies – Approaches and examples around the world” together with Nicola Rohner from DLR and Simonetta Cheli from ESA. 

ESPI will, in the future have a large influence in shaping the space policy related programme of the Congress. ESPI’s Secretary General Kai-Uwe Schrogl was elected chairman of the Commission on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). This commission is responsible for preparing the programme of the Symposia on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics comprising five sessions with usually around 60 presentations. He will chair this Committee for the next two years. His predecessors have been John Logsdon, the director of the Space Policy Institute at the George Washington University and Gerard Brachet, former Director General of CNES and chairman of UNCOPUOS. 

Kai-Uwe Schrogl was also nominated as member of a small group of persons, who will prepare a strategy for the future of the International Astronautical Congresses (IAC Evolution Advisory Group). In this group, each of the three participating organizations (International Astronautical Federation IAF, International Academy of Astronautics IAA and International Institute of Space Law IISL) is represented by one person. Kai-Uwe Schrogl was nominated by IISL, where he is member of the Board of Directors. The group is expected to present its conclusions next year. 

ESPI staff also participated in various high-level activities in the 2007 Congress. Nicolas Peter was rapporteur for one session in the space policy symposium, Kai-Uwe Schrogl chaired one session in the IISL colloquium, Wolfgang Rathgeber represented ESPI in the IAF General Assembly, and Agnieszka Lukaszczyk (SGAC) organized the activities of the Space Generation Advisory Council and made a presentation at the Seventeenth UN/IAF Workshop on Space Technology for Sustainable Development Towards Food Security. These activities completed a strong showing of ESPI staff at this congress. 

Nicolas Peter, ESPI research fellow                      Wolfgang Rathgeber, ESPI research fellow

photo credit: IAC, ESPI

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