The European Space Policy Institute will have the great privilege to host the European Centre for Space Economy and Commerce (ECSECO) that was announced by ESA Director General, Josef Aschbacher. In this frame, ESPI will support ESA for the management and secretariat of the Centre.


The future of the European space sector, including its performance, entrepreneurial mindset and capacity to innovate, strongly relies on an education system able to train a skilled workforce. Following the general trend of ever more specialised education, new university programmes are emerging in Europe to train students in space engineering, law, public affairs or economy.  


The 24th issue of ESPI Insights is now available! This issue provides an update on the top news from February, including: Russia’s war on Ukraine impacts the space sector, seven countries release the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) Vision 2031 statement, 38 Starlink satellites deorbit due to geomagnetic storm, and more!


Space technologies, data and services are essential tools for a plethora of organisations tasked with law enforcement, crisis management or civil protection missions. In the last few years only, space-enabled capabilities played a key role in several security-related developments across the globe. The latest ESPI report looks into the evolving “space for security” landscape (non-military activities).


The first 2022 issue of ESPI Insights is now available. This issue covers news from both December 2021 and January 2022, including: ESA DG Josef Aschbacher presented ESA’s 2022 budget, which has increased by 10.9% to €7.2 billion, European stakeholders discussed solutions for the funding shortfall in the Copernicus programme that the EU is facing post-Brexit, the 14th European Space Conference was held in Brussels in a hybrid format between January 25th and 26th, and more!


In 2021, COVID-19 related outbreaks and water shortages led to unforeseen levels of uncertainty regarding the supply of various technological goods and highlighted the volatility associated with accessing specific resources on global markets. Specifically, the crisis significantly hampered the manufacture and distribution of critical electrical, electronic and electro-mechanical (EEE) components such as semiconductor chips, on which many sectors (including space) are dependent.


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