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The European Commission publishes the 2021 Edition of its Better Regulation Guidelines and Toolbox [Jan/2022]

Impact assessment is a crucial tool for policymakers to generate and analyse reliable information on the impacts of policy and regulation. To provide consistent and comparable outputs, the European Commission is providing a framework that helps s...
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ESPI Yearbook 2020 – Monitoring the development of the European space policy in a global context [Dec/2021]

In June 2021, the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) published its annual Yearbook. It provides an examination of the main trends and developments in the space sector, space policy, and space programmes over the past year. Implementing a worldwid...
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Socio economic benefits from Future Aircraft Composite Firewall - Using space-grade materials to enhance next generation aircraft [Dec/2021]

The bulkhead concept, which is part of the layers protecting satellites on Ariane 5 and 6, has generated a spin-off for aircraft by Airbus Defence & Space. Together with ESA’s Technology Transfer and Patent Office (TTPO) and CiTD, this technolo...
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EARSC workshop showcasing 24 Copernicus Sentinel value case studies in Europe [Dec/2021]

In November 2021 the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) organized a virtual workshop on “the story of how Copernicus benefits European citizens”. It showcased quantitative evidence from the Sentinels Benefits Study (SeBS)on ...
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OECD’s examination of Space Technology Transfers and their Commercialisation [Nov/2021]

In its study on “Space technology transfers and their commercialisation”, the OECD investigates the transfers from publicly funded space programmes to different sectors of the economy in Europe, Asia and North America and highlights that the proc...
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PwC’s ‘Lunar market assessment: market trends and challenges in the development of a lunar economy’ [Nov/2021]

In September 2021, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) published the “Lunar market assessment: market trends and challenges in the development of a lunar economy”, an analysis of a potential future economy on the Moon. With plans to return humans perman...
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Socio-economic benefits from Space technology for energy providers through automated complex system coordination [Nov/2021]

Automating complex system coordination, as used for satellite constellations, have proven very valuable in space for efficient and fast outposts organisation. Control room constructor Ergonomics Applied to OPerationsS (EATOPS) and ESA are now coopera...
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Socio-economic benefits for cities from Space technology through resource circularity [Oct/2021]

The wastewater of major cities is rich on nutrients and abundantly available. SEMiLLA IPStar and ESA are cooperating to tab into this resource by creating a water recycling system based on the circular life support MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Supp...
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ESA joins the Universeh inaugural conference to address the Future of Work in the space sector [Oct/2021]

October 2021 ESA participated to the inaugural event of the European Space University for Earth and Humanity (UNIVERSEH).Géraldine Naja, ESA’s Acting Director for Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement gave a keynote speech on ESA’s vision...
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ESA announces winners of the Global Space Markets Challenge [Oct/2021]

German SME DcubeD and Spanish SME Detektia Earth Surface Monitoring are the winners of ESA’s Global Space Markets Challenge. During the final round of the competition both companies delivered pitches which secured them the first place in the u...
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G20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting 2021 [Oct/2021]

On 20 and 21 September 2021, the Italian Space Agency (ASI) opened the door to the G20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting 2021. Over two days, Heads of the G20 Space Agencies discussed the contribution of the Space Economy to the global economy, and the n...
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SPAC and the Space Industry [Sep/2021]

Special-Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are publicly traded and seek funding to merge or acquire private companies who are willing to go public as well. “SPACs are shell companies with no operations that raise capital through an initial publi...
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