22 September 2010. Issue 39 of the "ESPI Perspectives" series presents the main conclusions of three panels held during the 4th ESPI Autumn Conference, where space policy experts gathered to discuss the challenges lying ahead for Europe’s space programmes and policies.


Nowadays, it is widely understood that the 21st century has brought about a number of great global challenges. Space can contribute in dealing with them: it has the potential to facilitate the commodity, data and knowledge flows that are essential to our globalised world; to produce innovating scientific achievements; to secure sustainable development through global environment monitoring; and to enhance security conditions on Earth through space applications. In meeting these challenges, space activities have undeniably demonstrated their potential for improving living conditions on the planet for the benefit of all society, promoting global sustainable development in the most cost-effective way, as well as fostering international cooperation without compromising the competitive foundations of our economic system. In the midst of an increasingly fluid international environment, which is witnessing the re-orientation of the U.S. space programme, the appearance of emerging countries as new space actors and the rapid growth of the commercial space industry, Europe has both the potential and the vocation to play a crucial part in space activities, thanks to its flagship space programmes and its new competencies acquired with the Lisbon treaty.
This issue of “ESPI Perspectives” is co-authored by ESPI Resident Fellow Veronica La Regina and ESPI Research Intern Giulia Pastorella.

ESPI Resident Fellow Veronica La Regina

ESPI Research Intern Giulia Pastorella

The issue briefly presents the main conclusions of three panels held during the 4th ESPI Autumn Conference on 9 September 2010 in Vienna (related webnews here). The panels were moderated by Helmut Staudenrausch, from the Space Programmes Directorate of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). It is not intended to provide an exhaustive analysis of the policy areas discussed, but rather to give an overview of the major issues at hand, as they where approached by the panellists. 

Panel "New trends in Earth observation" from left: Co-moderator Herbert Allgeier (Chairman of the ESPI Advisory Council), Simonetta Cheli (ESA), Ray Harris (University College, London), Christina Giannopapa (ESPI), Christophe Venet (University of Tübingen) and Moderator Helmut Staudenrausch (DLR)

Panel "Space applications in Europe" from left: Co-moderator Alfredo Roma (Member of the ESPI Advisory Council), Veronica La Regina (ESPI), Olivier Rerolle (Eurisy), Heike Wieland (GSA), Sebastian Rieder (Eurisy) and Moderator Helmut Staudenrausch (DLR)

Panel "Space and international relations" from left: Co-moderator Harald Posch (Chairman of the ESPI General Assembly), Ian Pryke (George Mason University, Washington DC), Jana Robinson (ESPI), Michael Sheehan (University of Swansea), Lesley-Jane Smith (Leuphana University) and Moderator Helmut Staudenrausch (DLR) 

- “ESPI Perspectives 39” on “Challenges for Europe in Space”






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