The start of the space endeavour involved extensive discussions of ethics, politics and law. These discussions led ultimately to the five space treaties. Since then the normative system has developed in an evolutionary fashion, mostly referring back to the legal and ethical framework laid down in the sixties. The space community is now in many respects at a cross roads with the intensifying use of space, the involvement of many new public and private entrants, and new societal challenges for which space constitutes a key tool. This ESPI event will give an opportunity to examine the role of ethics afresh, particularly in relation to two key issues: space debris and Earth observation for the purpose of monitoring the health of the Earth.
European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
(Entrance: Zaunergasse 1-3)
A-1030 Vienna, Austria
Tel +43 1 718 1118 -0 / Fax -99