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.
|Title of host publication||European Integration and Space Policy|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Growing Security Discourse|
|Editors||Thomas Hoerber, Antonella Forganni|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|