3 February 2016. This Perspective sheds light on the historical dimensions of SATCOM for security purposes and the growing importance of this on a space policy level now and in the near future.

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2 February 2016. A new blogpost ‘Trust, But Verify' was published today. You can find it here.

31 January 2016. As history teaches, structural changes within society will produce new societal needs and fundamentally change existing ones. In order for space to respond to these needs in a timely and effective fashion, European policy and decision-makers – both on space and on non-space – will have to make sure that the proper evolution and interface mechanisms are put in place. In this report, ESPI assesses how exactly space can contribute to the challenges and needs of the future European society.

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29 January 2016. The twenty-second Newsletter issue of the European Space Policy Research and Academic Network (ESPRAN) operated by ESPI is now online.

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22 January 2016. On January 11, ESPI organised an evening event together with the European External Action Service, at their premises in Brussels. The aim of the event, which was called “The Latest Crop”, was to present some of the ESPI products of particular relevance for the European authorities that were published in the last year.

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15 January 2016. On 18-19 November the WMO held its Space 2040 Conference in Geneva at which ESPI Director Peter Hulsroj made a presentation 'Access to space and evolution space activities'. The presentation was based on the outcome of ESPI's Autumn Conference with a similar theme.

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14 January 2016. On 20-21 November the Canada UK Council held its annual Colloquium in Glasgow with the theme 'Space, Obstacles and Opportunities'. The Colloquium was presided over by Lord Willetts and Professor Alan Smith of the University of London served as rapporteur. The ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, was invited to be part of the UK team. 

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15 December 2016. ESPI is pleased to announce the start of its first space blog. It will be written by the ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, and rationale and the first actual post can be found here.

15 December 2015. ESPI is always trying to be helpful! At this time of the year one of your biggest dilemmas might be what to get your family and friends for Christmas. If they are space enthusiasts, or potential space enthusiasts, we have some suggestions. Well, many actually. You will find our suggestions here. Obviously the list is not exhaustive, and when we have indicated a source it is just to help you. You may find the items also from other vendors. Enjoy!

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14 December 2015. On Saturday (12 December) the ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, published a Letter to the Editor of the Financial Times entitled ‘We should be grateful for the Chan-Zuckerbergs’ generosity’. If you are interested you can find the letter here

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4 December 2015. The Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2014-15 report is now available. It provides a continuing broad overview of the state of the space economy and of global space policies.

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3 December 2015. The COP21 climate summit currently underway in Paris will conclude a marathon year for international agreements related to development. The Perspective explains, in particular, how the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the other new frameworks fit together, and summarises how the change from the outgoing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the new SDGs has unfolded.

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26 November 2015. In this report, ESPI Resident Fellows Marco Aliberti and Arne Lahcen assess two important elements regarding the EU’s future role and mandate in space activities and programmes.

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16 November 2015. The market for Earth Observation (EO) services is being disrupted by new start-ups with innovative business models seeking to shake up the larger, more traditional players. This notwithstanding, large public investments are still being made with both civil and military objectives. Furthermore, government policy in the U.S. is as important as that of Europe for driving and shaping the market and the commercial EO services sector. From these trends arises some tension which in turn raises a few relevant questions. How does government policy influence this market and what can we learn from the markedly different approaches being taken in Europe and the U.S.? And how can Europe ensure that it reaps the full socioeconomic and strategic benefits of its strong investments in EO – especially now that Copernicus is becoming operational? This Perspective seeks to address the main questions in this respect.

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ESPI’s newest book publication “When China Goes to the Moon…” is stimulating interesting discussions among a wide range of stakeholders and positive reactions by the press! Published by Springer in August 2015, this eleventh volume of the Studies in Space Policy book series, has already received several reviews within the industry, including a review by Jeff Foust in “The Space Review” and another extensive book review by the e-magazine Go Taikonauts.

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12 October 2015. Panos Mastorakis, author of the newly published ESPI Report, illustrates the actual and potential contribution of the space sector in the attainment of the educational targets of the EU growth strategy for the current decade "Europe 2020", whose aim is to deliver 'smart', 'sustainable' and 'inclusive' growth.

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10 October 2015. From September 21 to 22 2015, ESPI Resident Fellow Matteo Tugnoli (ESPI responsible for the EISC Secretariat) participated in the 17th EISC Plenary Session held at the Congreso des los Diputados in Madrid, Spain.

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29 September 2015. In an interview with the Italian magazine Fly Orbit News ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti commented on “When China Goes to the Moon…”, the eleventh volume of the “Studies in Space Policy” book series published by Springer.

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1 October 2015. The 9th ESPI Autumn Conference was held on 21- 22 September at the Institute’s premises in Vienna. The videos featuring the presentations by the speakers are now available online.
Link to the conference programme
Link to the video playlist

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25 September 2015. On 21 & 22 September 2015 ESPI hosted its 9th Autumn Conference, entitled “Access to Space and the Evolution of Space Activities”. The Autumn Conference is an annual ESPI event which takes place in September and includes a meeting of the authors of the upcoming Yearbook on Space Policy as its centrepiece activity.

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