The future of space meets in Paris for the 2nd European Space Generation Workshop

After the success of the first edition, the European Space Generation Workshop will host its second edition on March 24-25. Over 100 university students and young professionals will gather at the European Space Agency (ESA)’s headquarters in Paris, France, to discuss the future of the space industry.

The two-day workshop, organized by the Space Generation Advisory Council, invites European space leaders including Claudie Haigneré, Senior Advisor to ESA Director General; Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESA’s Chief Strategy Officer; Dr. Claus Lippert, Head of the Launcher Systems Department at the German Space Agency; and Alain Maille, Scientific Investigator at the Physiology and Medical Space Institute; among other speakers.

The workshop will feature a series of working group sessions, panels and presentations on the future of space economy, accessibility, diplomacy, and exploration.

The working session ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’ will explore newly-emerging and existing research and technologies in the field of downstream space data products and services. With 80% of European citizens living in urban areas by 2020, there is an increasing demand for improving the management of transport and mobility services and to balance the demand between public, private and commercial transport.

With the International Space Station’s decommissioning scheduled after 2024 and Mars as the horizon goal for human space exploration, the session ‘Space Exploration: How to prepare for long duration manned space mission?’ will discuss the future needs of human spaceflight and long-term mission in space. The debate will focus on psychological and sociological aspects, their challenges and the possible contributions of institutional and commercial initiatives.

The workshop will feature a series of working group sessions, panels and presentations on the future of space economy, accessibility, diplomacy, and exploration.

The session ‘Space Diplomacy: On the road to an international space traffic law’ will discuss the role of space agencies, governments and private sector in the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. Space traffic management is facing new challenges mainly due to the entry of new actors and space activities such as suborbital tourism and orbital spaceflight. This rapid evolution calls also for a new set of rules and collaboration between states and national space agencies.

In 2014, the ESA Council at ministerial level addressed the need for a renewed European launch sector, taking into account new needs of both the institutional market and the global commercial market. The working group on space accessibility will debate the economic and technological aspects of the introduction of a new launcher, the influence of national and European policy on a successful market introduction, as well as potential areas for support by lawmakers.

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2nd European Space Generation Workshop Program

The full workshop program is available here.

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