6 May 2013. The fifth volume of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork is now available.
As indicated by the subtitle of ESPI’s Yearbook on Space Policy 2010/2011, the thematic focus of interest of this edition is the global dimension of the space endeavour. The concept of previous yearbooks has remained the same. Divided in three parts, the first part deals with a comprehensive overview of economic, political, technological and institutional trends within the scope of space activities in Europe and throughout the world in 2010/2011. The second part sheds light on outstanding developments and milestones in the space sector, such as the establishment of the UK Space Agency, the new German Space Strategy, the EU’s Declaration of Intents for Space, the Cooperation between Europe and Israel, the recent developments in Japan’s Space Policy, the future of GEOSS, the Digital Divide in the global crisis as well as the legal framework of space debris regulation. These in-depth analyses were provided by external experts. Part three of the yearbook seeks to fulfil the requirement of being a reference book providing a comprehensive bibliography, chronology and data on ESA member states and relevant space faring nations. The publication of the Yearbook on Space Policy as well as the publication of the ESPI series “Studies in Space Policy” with the publisher Springer proves an ongoing successful cooperation. It also fills a niche in communicating space policy and space related issues to decision makers and to the broader public. Coverpicture