30 April 2012. Issue 59 of the "ESPI Perspectives" series discusses the potential role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to meeting satellite communications’ development goals in Europe, in the context of the Digital Agenda.

A coherent overview of the critical issues regarding the delivery of the Digital Agenda in Europe is given in this issue of the ESPI Perspectives series, highlighting the profile of broadband as a public good. In order to identify the appropriateness of a potential Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in this field, it is necessary to point out the advantages of public and private partners working together, sharing risks for investments and resources. Traditionally, PPP models adopted in the SatCom sector have provided space-based assets as infrastructure, but this usage is limited to countries with industrial space capabilities and/or satellites in orbit. In addition to this however, PPP can be applied to provide another crucial “node” of the broadband-ecosystem, where public good features, externalities, natural monopoly and consequential market failure justify such a state intervention and involvement. PPP is also an emerging way to increase competition in the SatCom market and related substitute and/or alternative market segments of the telecommunications sector in general.

Veronica La Regina, co-author of “ESPI Perspectives 59”
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 Veronica La Regina is visiting research professor at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg (France). She has been Resident Fellow, seconded by Italian Space Agency (ASI), at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in 2010 - 2011. Prior to joining ESPI, she was employed at Telespazio SpA, satellite services provider, in Italy, where she worked in the department of business strategies and marketing since 2007. Previously she held the position of Experienced Researcher at Wave Energy Centre in Lisbon (Portugal), where she took care of the public policy issues related to the development and deployment of wave energy in Europe. Finally, she was economic researcher at Osservatorio Filas, a centre of socio-economic researches for innovation of the SMEs. She holds a PhD in Studies in Economic Sciences (2004) from the State University of Milan, a Master’s Degree in Institutions and Space Policy (2009) from the Italian Society for International Organizations (SIOI) in Rome, a Bachelor’s Degree in Maths and Statistics (2001) from the University of Rome Sapienza and a Graduation in Law (1999) from the LUISS G. Carli in Rome. She also attended several summer schools dealing with law and economics, game theory and public policies, as well as technical courses on satellite applications. She has also been invited to give lectures on energy economics and space issues. She is leading research on the topic of satellite communications, including her involvement in the main European debates concerning with European Technology non-dependence and broadband implementation.

Christopher Wilkins, co-author of “ESPI Perspectives 59”

Christopher Wilkins has been working at SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies) since 2007 as a Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) engineer. He joined the company after finishing his Master’s in mechanical engineering at Polytechnic University, and Bachelor’s in aerospace and mechanical engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). During his graduate studies, he published four papers with the AIAA on the topics of spacecraft dynamics and control. Since joining SpaceX, he has developed the GNC for the Dragon spacecraft, which will be America’s primary means of cargo delivery to the International Space Station starting next year. Prior to his work on the Dragon spacecraft, he was the responsible engineer for GNC on the Falcon 1 rocket (and was part of the launch team for the vehicles first successful flight in 2008). Over the past year and a half, while working for SpaceX, Chris has also completed a Master’s in International Affairs at Columbia University, with a focus on international economic policy. He speaks German and French, studied in Germany for a year as an undergraduate, and worked during the summer of 2011 at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, Austria.

- ESPI Perspectives 59: “The Appropriateness of Public-Private Partnerships for SatCom in Delivering the Digital Agenda.”

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