4 February 2011. Issue 44 of the “ESPI Perspectives” series ventures to provide a long-term assessment of how space activities might be shaped and organized and what role Europe should play.
One “frequently asked question” addressed to a space policy think tank is: “What will space look like in 30 years?”. ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl responds in this issue of “ESPI Perspectives” by identifying trends that relate to the questions of how space is used, for which purposes and how the utilisation is organised and governed. Attaching labels to these two fields, the respective trends can be denominated as “Responsive Space” and “Space Traffic Management”. Both are concepts in the making. And at some point in the future they will merge. This might be in the visionary timeline of thirty years. They will then have become “Traffic Management for Responsive Space”, which is now the mega-trend, and, in 2040, an era of “Space 3.0” might begin.
The author of the “ESPI Perspective” Kai-Uwe Schrogl (right) together with the past Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) Amb. Ciro Arévalo Yepes (centre) and the Secretary General of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Jean-Michel Contant presenting the ESPI book “The Fair and Responsible Use of Space”.