iac 2008.jpg 3 October 2008. This year’s International Astronautical Congress at Glasgow, United Kingdom, provided ESPI with the opportunity to present recent research results to the global community assembled there. In addition, ESPI staff held numerous functions and positions in various forums and committee meeting alongside this event.

The annual gathering of the space community during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) provides the opportunity to ESPI to present research results and interact with people and institutions from all disciplines. ESPI Research Fellows had submitted papers in the “Space Policy, Regulations and Economics” Symposium and, following their selection by the IAC Programme Committee, presented them at Glasgow. Charlotte Mathieu reported on “Assessing Russia’s space cooperation with China and India - Opportunities and Challenges for Europe”, Nicolas Peter presented “Space power and Europe, in the need for a conceptual framework” and Wolfgang Rathgeber talked about “New Ways in European space security”.

In addition, a joint paper by the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute under the lead of Pascale Ehrenfreund with John Logsdon together with ESPI under the lead of Nicolas Peter with Kai-Uwe Schrogl on “Managing and sustaining long-term global space exploration” was presented, highlighting the close cooperation between these two institutes.

ESPI staff also held numerous functions at IAC. Nicolas Peter became a member of the newly created IAF Technical Committee on “Understanding the space economy” and also participated as rapporteur in the IAF Technical Committee on “Space and Security”. Wolfgang Rathgeber was rapporteur in the session on “Space policies and programmes of international organizations” and also represented ESPI in the IAF General Assembly. Charlotte Mathieu supported the work of a future IAF Technical Committee on “Integrated Applications”. ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl held the responsibility to organize the IAC’s symposium on space policy, comprising five sessions, in his capacity as the International Academy of Astronautics’ (IAA) Commission Chairman on “Space Policy, Regulations and Economics”. Furthermore he participated in or held meetings in his capacities as member in the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), Chairman of the IAA/IISL Scientific-Legal Liaison Committee and as member in the editorial boards of the journals “Space Policy” and “Acta Astronautica”. For next year’s IAC, the programme foresees i.a. that Nicolas Peter will co-chair the session on “New developments in national space policies and programmes” and Charlotte Mathieu will be rapporteur for the session on “Integrated Applications. User needs: desires, requirements and future directions”.

Numerous activities, including a large-scale “Space Generation Congress”, were conducted by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), whose Executive Secretariat headed by Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is hosted by ESPI in Vienna. Again, this year’s IAC proofed the high quality of ESPI’s research results and policy advice, which was appreciated by the participants to the sessions and committee meetings. The Congress provided also the opportunity to prepare joint activities with other institutions as well as meeting partners in the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) organized by ESPI.


ESPI Research Fellow Charlotte Mathieu during presentation                                                  


ESPI Research Fellow Nicolas Peter during presentation


ESPI Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber supporting the session
Chairman Colin Hicks (President of EURISY) as rapporteur      


ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl with IISL President Tanja Masson-Zwaan
and IAA Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant at the opening of
the IAA/IISL Scientific-Legal Roundtable

Assessing Russia's space cooperation with China and India - 
Opportunities and Challenges for Europe
- Space power and Europe, in the need for a conceptual framework
- New Ways in European space security





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