If I were in Vienna on the 13th, I would be all over this one!
The Province of Mankind providing sustainable benefits for all of Mankind – The role of Industry
ESPI, 13 February 2013 (Secure World Foundation and European Space Policy Institute event)
The exploration and use of outer space shall be the Province of all Mankind. With the very rapid growth of space applications the question is increasingly how the global community can ensure that the benefits of space are spread around in a fashion that truly benefits all. Governmental actors are particularly challenged in this, yet the focus should not only be on the role of states in ensuring equitable enjoyment of sustainable benefits of space – also industry has an important and partly independent role.
The issues facing industry in this endeavour can roughly be seen as two clusters of issues: first, how to ascertain that existing space systems are leveraged in an optimum fashion to achieve the broadest possible sharing of benefits, and, second, how to create new space systems and applications which are especially targeted to provide sustainable benefits for developing countries and emerging economies.
Regarding the best possible harvesting of benefits from existing systems, it would appear that more could be done to extend existing capabilities in order to assist the development agendas of countries, their populations and their entrepreneurs. This might cost little or even bring net benefits to commercial operators: a question of picking the low-hanging fruit!
Regarding the establishment of new systems and functionalities there are many salient issues on establishing credible business plans, obtaining project funding, getting the right licenses and so on. Yet, particularly in view of the mandates of development banks and the increasing profitability of space endeavours it would appear possible that more could be done to use space also in a more targeted way to assist development.
The ESPI/SWF event will address the two issue clusters separately at first, and will at the end attempt to draw a first set of conclusions, which, however, would need to be developed further in different fora by the relevant stakeholder communities.
European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)
(Entrance: Zaunergasse 1-3)
A-1030 Vienna, Austria
Tel +43 1 718 1118 -0 / Fax -99
Welcome on behalf of SWF and ESPI
Peter Hulsroj, ESPI Director
“Picking the low-hanging fruit—planting new orchards” Ray Williamson, SWF
Space in the economic context of the development agenda
Cenan Al-Ekabi, ESPI
The Role and process of Expert Group A
Henrique Pacheco (TBC)
Filipe Duarte Santos (TBC)
Open Discussion Forum
Reaping better the benefits of existing capacities
Moderator: Peter Hulsroj
Establishing new projects
Moderator: Ray Williamson
Moderator: Peter Hulsroj
The open discussion forum will seek to engage the audience
and the many experts on the topic who will be present. The
discussions will be moderated but depend critically on the
active participation of the audience. Through this format it
is hoped that there will be a considerable element of spontaneous
comment, and hence Chatham House rules will apply.