The space sector has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, with widespread uncertainty about the long-lasting effects of the emerging and unprecedented economic crisis. This ESPI Brief firstly looks at how space capabilities contributed to monitor and manage the crisis and how the European space sector has been impacted; then, it examines the major issues at stake in handling the crisis and the broad consequences for public strategy and space policy.


The ESPI Yearbook provides an overview of major developments and trends in space policy, industry, programmes, economy and overall worldwide activity over the year. This year ESPI updated the editorial formula and publication policy! The report is now available for free directly on ESPI website. Find out more about space policies, issues and trends in 2019.


On April 6, 2020, the U.S. White House issued an “Executive Order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources”, tasking the U.S. Secretary of State, to encourage international support for the public and private recovery and use of resources in outer space, consistent with the official U.S. position. ESPI Brief 40 identifies and discusses some of the key considerations raised by this Executive Order and international reactions.


The sector of the High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) is currently experiencing important dynamism, with multiple initiatives taking place in the United States and Europe. Missions performed by these systems are similar to satellites' missions, while HAPS provide specific benefits to their users. Against this background, ESPI Executive Brief 39 analyses the potential impact of HAPS' development on the space sector and the response of European actors.


ESPInsights is a quarterly publication providing the reader with a synthetic overview of major developments in the global space sector on the covered period and embeds useful links to official documents, public reports, web articles or conference websites for further details on the topic.


We regret to inform you that due to the worsening situation with regard to the spread of COVID19, the planned ESPI event “The relevant actors in space governance and their impact on space law making – A reflection on European views” will not take place. We wish you all the best and look forward to welcoming you at ESPI in another occasion.


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