5 November 2008.Today, the European Parliament held a public hearing on “Human Exploration of Space”. Besides interventions by Commission Vice-President Verheugen and ESA Director General Dordain, ESPI had been invited to contribute its views on the relationship between space research and space industry in this field.
In preparation of the upcoming ESA Ministerial Conference and view of the ongoing implementation process of the European Space Strategy, the European Parliament organized a public hearing on “Human Exploration of Space” (programme here). In a first part Commission Vice-President Günther Verheugen, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and – speaking on behalf of the French EU-Presidency – CNES Associate Director General Stéphane Janichewski talked about governance and priorities of the current implementation of the European Space Policy.
The second part dealt with the challenges of human space exploration. In this section ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl presented views on the relationship between space research and space industry in this field. In this intervention (presentation and text) the idea for a trilateral partnership between basic science, public research establishments and industry was promoted and the upcoming Czech EU-Presidency was invited to consider this as an item for action.
Panel at the hearing from left to right: Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
Umberto Guidoni, MEP Karl von Wogau, MEP Catherine Trautmann (Chair),
Georges Caravelis (Committee Secretary), ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl,
ESA Director Human Spaceflight Simonetta di Pippo, European Astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy