18 March 2014. The sixth volume of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork is now available.
The thematic focus of interest of this edition focusses on the impacts of the financial crisis on space sector. As in previous editions, this yearbook is comprised of three parts. The first part seeks to set out a comprehensive overview of the economic, political, technological and institutional trends that affect space activities. It is prepared in-house in ESPI and while its perspective is European, it also provides a comparative analysis of space efforts around the world. The second part of the Yearbook includes seven external contributions that bring together the views of various professionals in the space field. Because of their divergent backgrounds, this part of the Yearbook reveals some interesting dynamics on, inter alia, the implications of the crisis for space industry, its effects on political decision-making, international cooperation and the position of young professionals in the sector. The overall picture shows that the implications of the financial crisis are ambiguous to say the least. While it clearly poses considerable challenges for some specific actors and branches in the space sector, others are very likely to encounter opportunities as the diverse space ecosystem moves towards a novel state of equilibrium. The third part of the Yearbook carries forward the character of the Yearbook as an archive of space activities. Again prepared in-house by ESPI, a bibliography, chronology and data about institutions is provided where readers of the now six volumes of the Yearbook can identify statistical development and evolutions.