17 October 2017. A new contribution to the series Voices from the Space Community is now online. Following his presentation during ESPI 11th Autumn Conference, Mr. Pierluigi Mancini, NAVISP Programme Manager at ESA, presents in this paper the rationale of the new ESA programme in the Navigation domain (NAVISP) and explains how the programme was designed to become a key enabler for innovation.

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13 October 2017. The concept of spacetug and satellite in-orbit servicing is not new and operators and governments have long waxed on the idea of cheaply extending the operational lifetime of their satellites. Yet, some recent announcements from satellite operators and manufacturing industry suggest a renewed interest in the concept, in particular for GEO satcom lifetime extension purposes. Download the brief here.

01 September 2017. The twenty-fifth Newsletter issue of ESPI is now online.

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29 September 2017. The Space Policies, Issues and Trends in 2016-17 report is now available. This report provides a continued assessment of the space economy and of global space policies.

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21 September 2017. On 12 and 13 September 2017, the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) conducted its 11th Autumn Conference addressing the topic of “Innovation in the New Space Economy”. The Autumn Conference is a yearly ESPI event where space policy, agency and industry stakeholders come together to discuss issues that affect Europe and the rest of the world.

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28 July 2017. The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) will hold its 11th Autumn Conference on “Innovation in the New Space Economy” in Vienna, Austria, on 12-13 September 2017. The Autumn Conference is a yearly ESPI event where space policy, agency and industry stakeholders come together to discuss issues that affect Europe and the rest of the world.

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10 July 2017. On the 7th of July, ESA and ESPI jointly organised in ESRIN a one-day Workshop around the topic of policies and regulations for Space Data in cloud computing infrastructures. The Workshop gathered more than 70 participants, from European Institutions and Organisations, to the European Space Agency and other space agencies, major aerospace companies, cloud services providers as well as start-ups working with space data, space science researchers and legal experts on data policies.

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29 June 2017. At the occasion of the Vienna Conference on Strategy, Dr. Annette Froehlich gave a talk on the strategic use of outer space at the NDA (National Defence Academy).

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06 July 2017. Considered as key sovereignty assets, spaceports have historically been funded and supported by governments as part of autonomous or independent access to space strategies. Over the last few years though, spaceports have increasingly raised interest of private companies eager to rely on new, cost-effective, infrastructure to provide commercial launch services. Driven by an expected growth of the commercial space transportation demand in particular for space tourism and small vehicles-based launch services, the number of spaceport projects greatly increased recently. What are the stakes for this new generation of spaceports? Download the brief here:

30 June 2017. ESPI and ESA jointly organized In Brussels the conference “Space and SATCOM for 5G - European Transport and Connected Mobility” on 27-28 June 2017. The Conference was very well attended by distinguished representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission (DG-CONNECT, DG-MOVE and DG-GROW), Space Agencies, industry and operators and by representatives of the transport sector at large.ESA was represented by a wide delegation led by TIA Director, Magali Vaissiere, and the Head of the Programme Officer, Hermann Ludwig Moeller, while ESPI was represented by its Director, Jean-Jacques Tortora, and Resident Fellow, Stefano Ferretti.

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26 June 2017. On 21 June ESA and 16 satellite industry leaders signed a joint statement on their collaboration over ‘Satellite for 5G’ at the Paris Air and Space Show, where ESPI was represented by Resident Fellow Dr. Stefano Ferretti. On 27-28 June 2017  ESPI and ESA are jointly organising the conference Space and SATCOM for 5G - European Transport and Connected Mobility in Brussels. The final programme of the conference is available here.

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22 June 2017. This ESPI evening event aimed to shed light on the current initiatives meant to maintaining a safe, secure and sustainable environment for outer space activities, a multifaceted challenge growing in complexity, requiring convergence on a plethora of technical, policy, legal and political issues.

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19 June 2017. On 13 June, ESPI hosted a group of students from the Master in Space Policies and Institutions programme organised by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI).

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09 June 2017. On Friday the 2nd of June, ESPI’s Dr. Annette Froehlich and Vincent Seffinga organised the ESPI – GRULAC space meeting for representatives from Embassies and Permanent Missions from Latin American countries in Vienna, which was co-hosted by the Peruvian Embassy and its second secretary Iván Aybar Valdiva, to discuss the use of satellite data to monitor international agreements.

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12 June 2017. On 7 July 2017 ESA and ESPI are jointly organising a Workshop entitled “Space Data & Cloud Computing Infrastructures: Policies and Regulations”, on the premises of ESA/ESRIN in Frascati, Rome, Italy.

The event is open to any interested participant, on a first-come, first served basis (max. 100 participants). Registration is mandatory, and can be done at the Workshop webpage, with deadline 29 June 2017.

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09 June 2017. At the 60th session of the UNCOPUOS, Dr. Annette Froehlich presented on-going international cooperation projects of ESPI, especially activities with other regional groups and the recently issued Call for Papers for a Global Space Law Competition on “Fresh view on the Outer Space Treaty”.

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08 June 2017. The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) is pleased to announce an upcoming evening event on:

“Space Security: Some Perspectives”

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08 June 2017. Satellite data has proven to be extremely useful to collect information that would otherwise be unavailable. A number of projects has shown that such data can be used to monitor international agreements, while satellite data has also been used in the proceedings before the International Court of Justice. The use of satellite data can be further extended to monitor international agreements, especially with technological improvements which allow more data to be collected. However, the use of satellite data is not without problems. What issues are being faced before satellite data can be used to monitor international agreements? Download the brief here:

07 June 2017. Are We on the Verge of Suborbital Flights? The recent announcements of the private sector and some strategic inter-sectorial partnerships show promising steps forward. What is still missing for suborbital flights and the connected tourism and transport business opportunities to become a reality ? Download the brief here.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite students and young professionals globally to submit a paper which offers a fresh view on the Outer Space Treaty. For more information: Click Here