13 April 2018. The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) is pleased to announce an upcoming evening round table on “On-Orbit Operations”, followed by a reception, on the occasion of the 57th Session of the Legal Subcommitee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

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12 April 2018. ESPI is recruiting a Research Fellow at the premises of the Institute in Vienna starting from July 1st 2018 to support and lead different projects of the Institute. The vacancy notice is available here.

19 March 2018. The much awaited lift-off of Falcon Heavy became the second biggest live stream in Youtube´s history with over 2.3 Million viewers.

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14 March 2018. The tenth volume of the “Yearbook on Space Policy” series, edited and co-authored by ESPI Resident Fellows Cenan Al-Ekabi and Stefano Ferretti, has been published by Springer. This edition covers global space related developments in the calendar year 2016, with a thematic focus on Space for Sustainable Development.
The book can be purchased here:

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14 March 2018. The first report of the new “ESPI Springer Briefs” series is now available. Prepared by Alessandra Vernile, the report provides a broad set of information and data on the rise of private actors in the space sector, organized into different topics covering the various trends that have shaped the space sector during the last decade and that characterize the so-called “New Space” dynamic. With the objective to offer a clear, comprehensive and synthetic definition of New Space, the report investigates the following, interrelated trends and discusses emerging opportunities and challenges for the space sector:

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14 March 2018. On March 4th ESPI Director Mr. Jean-Jacques Tortora participated in the Workshop "Space Law and Policy Strategies for Building Moon Bases and Exploiting its Space Natural Resources"

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14 March 2018. Publication of the winning contributions of the Worldwide Space Policy Essay Competition: “Post - 2030 Agenda and the role of space”.

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13 March 2018. A new volume of the “Studies in Space Policy” book series, edited by Dr Annette Froehlich (ESPI/DLR) and published by Springer, is now available.

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13 March 2018. In cooperation with the University of Cape Town (SA) and its SpaceLab, a new volume of the “Studies in Space Policy” book series, edited by Dr. Annette Froehlich (ESPI/DLR) and published by Springer, is now available.

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13 March 2018. For the fifth time, Dr Annette Froehlich lectured at the University of Cape Town for the Master Space Studies and its course „Space and Society“. This module comprises lectures on the legal, governance, policy, regulatory, commercial and other aspects of space activities.

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05 March 2018. On 27 February 2018, ESPI participated in the second talk of the annual “ETIA Talks” series, this year entitled “What A Disastrous World It Is...”, addressing the topic of “Waste in Space - Is Space Wasted?”. The event was organized by students in the postgraduate Environmental Technology and International Affairs (ETIA) joint program at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and the Technical University of Vienna.

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08 February 2018. The twenty-sixth Newsletter issue of ESPI is now online.

The twenty-sixth issue of the ESPI Newsletter provides an account of ESPI’s activities during the past six months. The period was extremely fruitful for ESPI, with the publication of relevant studies as well as a considerable number of activities in and outside ESPI, an account of which is provided within this Newsletter.  A description of the ongoing and upcoming activities and events planned by ESPI as part of its Workplan 2018 is also provided.

Download: ESPI Newsletter 26

7 February 2018. Over the past few months plenty of media attention has been given to the impending re-entry of China’s space laboratory Tiangong-1 into the Earth’s atmosphere. The possibility that some parts of the spacecraft survive re-entry and impact on populated areas raises a number of pressing questions on the issues posed by atmospheric re-entries.
The ESPI Brief 20 provides an overview of the current international rules and procedures for managing the re-entry of space objects, identifies outstanding issues and offers future considerations for the international space community. Download the ESPI Brief 20 here.

06 February 2018. On 31 January 2018 ESPI hosted an evening event on the topic of “China Engages: Opportunities and Prospects for the International Space Community” jointly organised with the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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01 February 2018. ESPI published an article on “Space: An essential sector for Europe at a time of digital revolution” in the February issue of the Open Access Government publication. The paper, written by Sebastien Moranta, reviews recent evolutions and trends in the space sector and explains why space activities are taking a new strategic dimension for Europe at the time of the digital revolution. Access the Open Access Government February issue here  (ESPI paper page 130).

29 January 2018. The overarching framework of the conference “Space2030 and Space 4.0: Synergies for Capacity Building in the XXI Century” is the United Nations agenda Space2030 and the ESA Space 4.0 strategy.
Date: Saturday 3 February 2018
Time: 9:00 - 17:15
Venue: ESPI, Schwarzenbergplatz 6 (entrance Zaunergasse 1-3, 2nd Floor), A-1030 Vienna,
Austria
Please find the programme here.
Please note that in order to guarantee your seat we recommend to register as early as possible.
Confirmation of successful registration will be provided via email by ESPI.

Please register at: Click here

Registration deadline is Thursday, 1st of February, 12:00 p.m.

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26 January 2018. ESPI opened an internship vacancy to support a research activity on “Challenges to the security of space infrastructure: Transatlantic perspectives”.

24 January 2018. The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) is pleased to announce an upcoming evening event on:

“China Engages: Opportunities and Prospects for the International Space Community”

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22 January 2018. The fourteenth volume of the “Studies in Space Policy” book series, authored by ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti and published by Springer, is now available.

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12 January 2018. In the past decade, the count of trackable debris fragments has more than doubled, driven by collisions in space, several high-profile ASAT tests, the proliferation of cubesats and growing number of upper stages left in orbit. Additional European leadership will be needed to fully respond to the emerging space traffic challenges presented by various trends including the incoming LEO mega-constellations and increased risk of collisions.
The ESPI Brief 19 provides an overview of the growing concern of orbital debris, Europe’s efforts in this domain, and proposes a way to break the international deadlock in debris mitigation efforts. Download the ESPI Brief 19 here.