9 October 2009. ESPI has coordinated a joint memorandum on Europe’s reaction to the Augustine Report. This joint memorandum has been drafted by six European think tanks and aims at triggering discussions on Europe’s way forward in matters of space exploration.
Following the release of the Summary Report of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee (“Augustine Report”, download here ), leading European think tanks have drafted the joint memorandum “Europe’s Reaction to the Augustine Report” (download here ). The effort included the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), London Institute of Space Policy and Law (ISPL) as well as ESPI, which also served as a coordinator through its Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber.
The joint memorandum analyses the context and the content of the Augustine Report, evaluates the echo it received and sketches a general way forward for Europe with regard to space exploration and its international implications. Doing so, it provides a basis for preparatory discussions on how Europe should react to the imminent final report of the Augustine Commission and the subsequent decisions by the U.S. These questions will be relevant at the upcoming Prague conference on space exploration involving major European stakeholders. This conference is one of the initial addressees of this Joint Memorandum.