29 October 2014. On the occasion of the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, 29 September-3 October 2014, ESPI presented three contributions. Two papers were given at the 27th IAA symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics, and a third one at the joint IAF/IISL Session on the Legal Framework for Comparative Space Activities. In addition, Resident Fellow Serge Plattard participated in the Global Network Forum on Security in Space as one of the invited panelists.
During the International Astronautical Congress held in Toronto from 29 September to3 October 2014, ESPI contributed in several ways. Serge Plattard, Resident Fellow, presented two papers at the 27th IAA Symposium on Space Policy, Regulations and Economics: i) “Can GNSS signals qualify to become a World Public Good?”, contending that GNSS primary radio signals would qualify for the designation as a global public good, provided a continuing cost reduction to access basic receiving devices, which is currently ongoing, and a closer international cooperation among the signal providers, would take place. For the latter, setting an international code of conduct of common practices and guidelines would be relevant; ii) “IAA Cosmic Study: Dynamics of Space Exploration”, as a co-author -Pascale Ehrenfreund and Nicolas Peter as lead authors. This paper summarizes the ongoing IAA study, highlighting a new vision on space exploration which has to be bold, collective, holistic, paved with realistic milestones shared by the stakeholders and conceived ab initio in a sustainable manner. Serge Plattard was also a panelist in the Global Network Forum on Security in Space, expressing views on the necessity to extend the contemplated Code of Conduct to some aspects of payload management as part of space traffic management. This Forum was organized by the IAF Space Security Committee and the Space Policy journal. Annette Froehlich, Resident Fellow, had a paper entitled ”Mechanisms for the Development of International Agreements regarding Space Activities” in the joint IAF/IISL Session on the “Legal Framework for Cooperative Space Activities’’. This paper takes the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Space Protocol as the point of departure, noting that the protocol constitutes the first binding space related international treaty for more than 30 years, additionally for the first time ever in private law. The presentation was given by Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, on behalf of Annette Froehlich.