13 February 2017. At the 54th session of the COPUOS STSC, ESPI presented its on-going project on the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC), which is one of the five regional groups at the United Nations representing 17% of all UN members.
03 February 2017. Eighteen years after the call for a European navigation satellite system, the initial services of the European GNSS Galileo have been declared on December 15, 2016. In the meantime, the tribulations of the programme led to successive changes in its governance until its consolidation in 2013. The resulting configuration, in force until 2020, proved to be effective regarding the deployment of the system. In the new context of system exploitation, and while the elaboration of the next GNSS regulation will be starting this year, this report proposes alternative governance schemes tailored for this new phase of the programme.
On 1 February 2017, ESPI hosted an event on the topic “India in Space: The Forward Look to International Cooperation” at the margins of the third day of the 54th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of UNCOPUOS. As ESPI prepares to publish a book with a focus on the Indian space programme and the potential for stronger future space cooperation between India and Europe in the space sector, this event highlighted those areas of cooperation that can prove mutually beneficial in the future on the basis of already existing collaborations between the world’s largest democracies. Other key topics such as finding and building on common ground as well as overcoming hurdles that may inhibit a fruitful partnership were also discussed.
01 February 2017. On 24-25 January, ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora, and ESPI Resident Fellows Serge Plattard, Cenan Al-Ekabi, and Alessandra Vernile participated in the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy discussing a “Space Strategy for Europe: the road ahead” in Brussels, Belgium. Within six sessions, high-level Policy and Industry stakeholders discussed the European Commission’s new EU Space Strategy and New Space in light of competitiveness, service connectivity and economy, diplomacy, and defence; also addressed was Europe’s evolving SatCom industry and means in which the EU should help to facilitate and fund the future space market.
31 January 2017. On the occasion of the 54th session of the UN COPUOS Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, ESPI published this report, as a collective effort of Stefano Ferretti, Jean-Jacques Tortora, Elisabeth Veit and Alessandra Vernile. The report summarizes recommendations in regard to the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030, with a particular focus on the outcomes of the 10th ESPI Autumn Conference “Space for Sustainable Development”, and it looks forward to the upcoming UNISPACE+50 conference, with the aim of giving new impulse to the mandate of the COPUOS for the years to come.
17 January 2017. Issue No.8 of the “ESPI Briefs” series is now available. It provides some reflections and comments on the new U.S. administration plans for space policy, as well as on implications and opportunities for Europe. You can download it here.