1 Dec 2017. ESPI Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti recently contributed to the initiative organized by ESA 'Exploring Threats and Opportunities through Mega Trends in the Space 4.0 Era', which explored the upcoming changes to the way we live and work on Earth, potentially influencing the future of space as well. In the era of Space 4.0 we have to be adaptive to change, looking at the future as an ever-changing environment, while anticipating solutions that can benefit our society at large in the coming years.
Mega trends are defined as the large-scale, sustained forces of development – such as urbanisation, connectivity and convergence – set to change that future world. Each mega trend is made up of numerous sub-trends that, in turn, are likely to affect particular economic and social sectors, including space. Market research has been carried out with the support of Frost & Sullivan, market leaders in monitoring the trends affecting our societies, economies, organisations and private lives.