25 April 2015. The tenth volume of the “Studies in Space Policy” book series, edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork is now available. It provides analyses and evaluations of the continuing importance of Europe’s autonomy in its access to space as a key driver in the development of European space capabilities.
In addition to providing a detailed historical analysis of some of the pitfalls of dependence in the space industry, experts analyse the full range of current European space capabilities and identify areas where autonomy is both possible and required, even in a situation of severe budgetary constraints. Beginning with the evolution of Europe’s space initiatives, the contributions present a comprehensive overview of European efforts in a broad range of policy areas including energy, culture, science, and security; moving onto European autonomy in access to space, space applications, human spaceflight, space situational awareness and space security, and strategic issues related to space. They make a cogent strategic and economic case for policy makers to continue to bear in mind the importance of autonomous space capabilities, even in an interdependent globalised world.