29 November 2017. A number of spacefaring countries are in the process of developing a new generation of super heavy launcher vehicles, with the purpose of achieving ever more ambitious space exploration and human spaceflight missions, from cis-lunar orbit to Mars. In addition, for the first time in history, a number of private companies are also in advanced stages of development of their own super heavy rockets, aiming both at space exploration as well as the commercial satellite market.

The ESPI Brief 18 provides an overview on such developments and their objectives, and reflects on perspectives in the European context. Download the ESPI Brief 18 here.

29 November 2017. ESPI contributed to a report of the institut français des relations internationales (ifri) on the place of space programs in the digital revolution and the impact of New Space on various industrial sectors. The report concludes with an analysis of the role and responsibilities of the EU in the development of a sustained European space and digital governance. ESPI paper, written by Sebastien Moranta with the support of Matteo Cappella focuses on the impact of the digital transformation on the satcom sector and examines the challenges and opportunities ahead of operators in the age of the digital economy and society. The complete report, including ESPI paper, is available on ifri website.

21 November 2017. ESPI opened Internship vacancies to support "Space-Based Climate Services" and "Space Entrepreneurship and Private Investment" research activities.

20 November 2017. On the 30th-31st October, ESPI Resident Fellow Dr.Stefano Ferretti chaired the concluding round table of a two-day conference, entitled "Space uses for the benefits of humanity: the wealth of space based data for manifold purposes".

Read more: European Space Policy: The Copernicus and Galileo Programs Space Uses for the Benefits of...

15 November 2017. ESPI published the Outcome Report of the ESA-ESPI Workshop on the topic of “Space Data & Cloud Computing Infrastructures: Policies and Regulations” which was held on 07 July 2017 in ESRIN, Frascati (Italy). The report provides a summary of the discussions and main findings of the conference. Download the outcome report here.


13 November 2017. From 5 to 7 November 2017, ESPI Resident Fellow Matteo Tugnoli participated in the XIX European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), held in Tallinn, Estonia. Since 2009, ESPI supports the rotating Presidency of the EISC in organising the spring Workshop and the autumn Plenary Session. This years’ highly successful Plenary Conference revolved around the theme “Space and Entrepreneurship”. The conference, which took place in conjunction with the European Space Week organised under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, attracted over 100 participants including speakers, and a high-level representation of the European space sector.

Read more: ESPI participates in the 19th EISC Plenary Session

10 November 2017. ESPI was invited by the High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the Council of the European Union to provide a keynote presentation about the place of Europe in the global space economy. ESPI presentation can be downloaded here.

10 November 2017. A new contribution to the series Voices from the Space Community is now online. Following his presentation during ESPI 11th Autumn Conference, Mr. Nicolas Bouzou, Director of ASTERÈS and co-founder of the Belém Circle, presents in this paper his views on the future of space by applying Schumpeter’s theory on long-term economic cycles and discusses the conditions that could trigger a space-driven cycle. Download the paper here.

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