After a turbulent and perhaps surprisingly busy year 2020 in the space sector, 2021 similarly promises a number of exciting missions and new space sector developments. ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora published an article on what can be reasonably expected this year in the European space sector.


ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora and ESPI Researchers Jules Varma and Clémence Poirier took part in the 13th European Space Conference that was held in Brussels on January 12-13th. ESPI is a partner of the European Space Conference and ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora has been involved in the organization of this event for the last 12 years. This year’s theme was “Space Embracing a Changing World: Green, Digital, Resilience and Security”.


Students and young professionals worldwide are invited to submit an article on the topic of “Outer Space and Cyber Space: any similarities or interrelations from a legal/policy point of view?”. Individual topics from various fields are welcomed analysing relevant aspects. Papers may also address potential new aspects which consider the needs and interests of the whole international community.


ESPI Report 76 offers a general overview of in-orbit services, including life extension and active debris removal. It examines policy, legal, technological and commercial aspects. The report examines the feasibility of these emerging markets, looks at national policies as well as the role public actors can play to facilitate the emergence of these novel and innovative services.


ESPI Research Fellow Mathieu Bataille was invited to give a lecture on the report "Europe, Space and Defence" published by ESPI in February 2020.


ESPI Researcher Tomas Hrozensky was one of the speakers at a closed-door webinar "Space Security: NATO in Space", organised by Czech NGO Association for International Affairs for Czech parliamentarians and members of the Czech space community on 10 December 2020.


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