29 January 2014. Serge Plattard, Resident Fellow at ESPI, gave his Inaugural Lecture at UCL on the 22nd January 2014 where he is also Honorary Professor. His presentation was on “The growing impact and dependency of space on economy and society: a European perspective”

“The presentation aimed to show, through the fundamental space functions, the continuing pervasiveness of space in our everyday lives. Space has become paramount for political, diplomatic, military, economic and commercial achievements. It has dramatically transformed the society, significantly contributing to new knowledge, shaping and globalizing information and culture.
Global contours of the space economy were presented with some details on the value chains and  highly value added sectors including broadcasting & communications, geo-location & timing, and integrated applications.
This strong dependency of the economy on space has also its down side: examples of fragility / vulnerability of some activities were pointed out.
Finally, to underline the dynamism of space activities, the consequences to expect from a range of game changers was analyzed, together with some views of a developing space ecosystem.”


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