07 October 2016. In an interview with the Italian magazine Fly Orbit News, ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti commented on the recent launch of the Chinese space laboratory Tiangong-2, one of the most attended developments for the Chinese space programme in 2016.

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07 October 2016. On 21-22 September, ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti presented the paper “Space as an enabler of sustainable development” at the International Conference on Sustainable Development, organized at Columbia University by Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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07 October 2016. From 02 to 04 October 2016, ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora and ESPI Resident Fellow Matteo Tugnoli participated to the XVIII EISC Plenary Session, held at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania. The topic of the XVIII European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), chosen by the Romanian Presidency, was “Space Security”, encompassing both security in space and security from space.

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26 September 2016. The widely circulated French magazine “Diplomatie” publishes in its August-September 2016 special issue two articles respectively authored by ESPI’s Director Jean-Jacques Tortora, formerly Secretary General of Eurospace, and by Senior Resident Fellow Serge Plattard. The first article analyses the new challenges for the space industry, whereas the second one addresses strategic and economic issues of satellite navigation and timing systems. 

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01 September 2016. On the initiative of ESPI, the first GRULAC-ESPI meeting took place on September 1st, 2016 on the premises of ESPI.

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02 September 2016. Guests of the ESPI Autumn Conference on “Space for Sustainable Development” can now find important information on registering for and travelling to the conference on the special webpage of the Autumn Conference. Besides logistics, the page provides an up-to-date programme of the event.

Visit under: http://www.espi.or.at/10th-autumn-conf.

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25 July 2016. Ani Vermeulen, a Masters Student from the SpaceLab program at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, visited the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, Austria on 25 July 2016.

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24 June 2016. The twenty-third Newsletter issue of ESPI is now online.

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16 June 2016. The approval of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 has been a major turning point for global development efforts. The new goals place an emphasis on respecting the long-term economic, social, and environmental requirements of the global community, and space will be a pivotal component in achieving these goals. The ESPI Report 59 “Space for Sustainable Development” elaborates on these highly relevant aspects, and it was produced as a collective effort by Stefano Ferretti, Jörg Feustel-Büechel, Roy Gibson, Peter Hulsroj, Andreas Papp and Elisabeth Veit. 
 

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16 June 2016. In occasion of the recent appointment of Jean-Jacques Tortora as the new Director of ESPI, a welcoming reception took place on 15 June 2016 at the premises of the institute in Vienna.  

The event was kick-started by Min. Rat Mag. Ingolf Schädler, Head of Division “Innovation” of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), with a speech on the relevance of space and of ESPI for Europe. This was followed by the welcoming address of the new ESPI Director and a cocktail reception with the guests of this well-attended event.

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16 June 2016. On the fourth day of the Fifty-Ninth session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), Dr. Stefano Ferretti, ESPI Resident Fellow made a technical presentation on Space for Sustainable Development. The technical presentation highlighted the major findings of the ESPI report 59 on Space for Sustainable Development, which was produced as a collective effort by Jörg Feustel-Büechel, Roy Gibson, Peter Hulsroj, Andreas Papp, Elisabeth Veit and Stefano Ferretti. The report aims to provide key stakeholders with an overview of the current and potential contributions of space to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It argues that a fruitful and close dialogue among all the development actors and the space community should be established in order to exploit the full potential of space assets and services.

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16 June 2016. On 15 June, ESPI hosted a group of students from the Master in Space Policies and Institutions programme organised by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI).

ESPI and SIOI have a long-stranding and fruitful partnership, though which ESPI provides lectures and hosts SIOI students for research internships. Moreover, a joint committee composed by ASI and SIOI representatives selects each year an Italian Resident Fellow at ESPI, appointed for one year, among the students of the Master programme.

Student Visit 15

 

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15 June 2016. On 11 June 2016 ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti delivered a presentation on “Europe and China in World Affairs: Turning Constraints into Opportunities through Space” at the international symposium “Looking to the Future: Changing International Relations and Legal Issues Facing Space Activities” in Vienna.

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31 May 2016. On 23 May the ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, made a presentation on New Space at the German Association for Foreign Policy in Berlin. The title of the presentation was Consequences of Commercial Use of Space:  Current European Measures and Interests, and was accompanying another presentation on New Space by Professor Stephan Hobe of University of Cologne.

The event was the second in a series of four on this topic. The presentation of Mr. Hulsroj can be found here.

31 May 2016. McGill University organized from the 26. to the 28. of May a conference in Montreal, Canada with the topic “Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law”. Experts from all five continents gathered for the two day conference to discuss relevant issues and to mark the official kick off of the project “Manual on International Law Applicable to Military uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS)”. This project is highly important to the whole international community as it aims to provide an objective clarification of the applicability of the existing international law to military uses of outer space, including the conduct of hostilities in outer space and military activities in periods of tension. ESPI Director Peter Hulsroj and ESPI External Consultant Anja Nakarada Pecujlic gave a presentation titled “Space through the lens of Neutrality” which underlines the burning need for such a Manual and was very well received by the participants.

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31 May 2016. University College London (UCL) put up on 10th May a space policy workshop on “New approaches for achieving greatest benefit in a changing world” with the aim to provide an environment for key thinkers and policy makers to challenge current approaches and consider alternatives to future space policy related development. ESPI Resident Fellow Serge Plattard made a presentation entitled “Operating in a safe, secure, and sustainable space environment”.

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27 May 2016. Until recently the spacecraft manufacturers of Europe and the U.S. have been fairly shielded from competition from low cost manufacturers. As the barriers to entry for new competitors continue to recede through the global levelling of technological capability, European manufacturers might find that their share of the one-to-two dozen commercial satellite contracts available each year will dwindle unless they can form new and forward-looking approaches to remain competitive.

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27 May 2016. ESPI’s Report 56, “The European Launchers between Commerce and Geopolitics” is stimulating interesting discussions among a wide range of stakeholders and positive reactions by the Italian press

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26 May 2016. On 3 May 2016, ESPI Resident Fellows Marco Aliberti and Matteo Tugnoli were invited to deliver a lecture on the findings of the ESPI Report “The European Launchers between Commerce and Geopolitics” at the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in Rome. 

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20 May 2016. The video of the event on space mining held at ESPI on 13 April is now available. The video can be found here.