29 June 2011. This ESPI Report takes an insight into the impact of non-space specific regulations on the development of commercial space activities and space based services and highlights the importance of developing an appropriate regulatory framework to support a competitive space sector.
ESPI Report 36 on “Economic and Policy Aspects of Space Regulations in Europe. Part 2: Space Regulations - On Track for Space Technologies and Space Based Services”, prepared by ESPI Associate Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, is the second part of a set of two studies dedicated to analysing the impact of National Space Legislation and Regulations on the development of commercial space activities in Europe. While Part 1, prepared by the same author, was dedicated to space activíties per se and their legislation (see related webnews here), the present Part 2 focuses on the development of space technologies and space based services and the regulations concerning them. It aims at drawing attention to the relevance of non-space specific regulations and their impacts on the development of the commercial space sector with particular attention on Europe. It intends to convey the message that an appropriate regulatory framework is essential for a competitive space sector.
To that aim, ESPI Report 36 selected three different non-space specific regulatory fields, radio-regulations, data policy and export controls. It analyses how these regulatory fields interact with the development of space technologies and space based regulations and depicts three different scenarios according to the different ways non-space specific regulations affect the space sector. Ways for canalising the potential of non-space specific regulations are identified for each of the three scenarios and recommendations are drawn on those grounds. This study has been conducted by ESPI Associate Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, who represents ESPI in Brussels and who has already prepared Part 1 of the study contained in ESPI Report 21 as a Resident Fellow in Vienna.