On 18-19 November the WMO held its Space 2040 Conference in Geneva at which ESPI Director Peter Hulsroj made a presentation 'Access to space and evolution space activities'. The presentation was based on the outcome of ESPI's Autumn Conference with a similar theme.
The WMO Conference had as its purpose to look at the contributions of space observations to global weather and climate monitoring in the 2040 timeframe. This perspective corresponded well with the outlook of the ESPI Autumn Conference where the longer term prospects for space activities were addressed in a general sense. Among the points made by Mr. Hulsroj was that the space domain currently experiences a period of significant disruption with attendant opportunity, and the particular importance of being open to serendipity when long timeframes are involved and hence predictablity reduced.