European space policy perspectives on Space Traffic Management

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Abstract

This chapter addresses European space policy perspectives on the establishment of Space Traffic Management from a discourse theory perspective. This includes the study of space and security/defence policies in Europe, taking into consideration the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Union (EU) and national strategies, programmes and governance. The space sector is undergoing transformation. A number of the ESA and EU Member States have developed a dedicated space and security/defence strategy. The chapter presents ESA, the EU and the selected European Member States’ activities with the largest space and security defence budget: France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Space actors in Europe recognise that a Space Traffic Management regime is essential for the security and sustainability of European space activities. Accordingly, they have gradually developed several activities, strategies and policies, which among others set the basis for STM development and reflect the important role of STM in space and security.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Integration and Space Policy
Subtitle of host publicationA Growing Security Discourse
EditorsThomas Hoerber, Antonella Forganni
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutlege
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9780429328718
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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