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Hearing on Space Research in FP8 (Dec 2010)

Preparation for the future of space research in Europe begins

With the current FP7 space research programme coming to an end in 2013 the European Commission is preparing the future of EU space research. Space research is expected to contribute significantly to the Europe 2020 priorities, especially with regard to Smart and Sustainable Growth and it is important that Europe continues its research in this domain.

Such research is expected to play an important role in maintaining the security of citizens through monitoring of space weather but also increasing Europe’s competitiveness and reducing its dependency on imported space technology. In this context the European Commission organised a hearing on 8 December 2010 which brought together more than 150 experts in space research. The Commission was advised to support topics in areas such as robotic and human space exploration, space science, and emerging space applications to address societal challenges on and around Earth.

Please find the agenda of the event below. The speakers’ Power Point presentations will be published next to their name. In response to the very high interest from stakeholders to give feedback on the possible content of future space research priorities, the period during which it is possible to submit written contributions has been extended until 1 February 2011.

Moreover, background documents and written contributions from stakeholders are available here:

Invitation letter pdf – 334 KB [334 KB]
Agenda pdf – 21 KB [21 KB]
Stakeholder feedback msw8 – 32 KB [32 KB]
Written contributions pdf – 357 KB [357 KB]


Mr. Reinhard Schulte-Braucks (European Commission, Head of Space Research and Development Unit)

Key note address

Space exploration as an essential human endeavour – 4 MB [4 MB] Gerhard Thiele, ESA astronaut (European Space Policy Institute, Vienna)

Report from the Space Advisory Group

Preparing for FP8 Space pdf – 22 KB [22 KB]
Jean-Pierre Swings (Honorary Professor, University of Liege, Space Advisory Group rapporteur on FP8)

Invited speaker

Space Research needs for Europe pdf – 464 KB [464 KB]
Jean-Claude Worms (Head of Space Sciences Unit, European Science Foundation)

ESA activities and the 8th Framework Programme- 397 KB [397 KB]
Alan Cooper (European Space Agency, Head of Brussels Office)

Session 1: Space exploration: research needs

* Europe and the Exploration of Space: Role of the EU and FP8 pdf – 2 MB [2 MB] (Giovanni Bignami – COSPAR president)
* Development concepts and technologies for re-supply/maintenance platforms to provide a step forward for space exploration pdf – 195 KB [195 KB] (Enrico Gaia – Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A.)
* Space nuclear reactors: a necessary breakthrough for space exploration pdf – 118 KB [118 KB] (Jean-Pierre Roux – AREVA, France)
* High-efficiency space transportation system based on nuclear power and propulsion pdf – 61 KB [61 KB] (Oleg Gorshkov – Keldysh Research Center, Russia)
* Development of electric solar wind sail propellantless propulsion for solar system access pdf – 161 KB [161 KB] (Eija Tanskanen – Finnish Meteorological Institute)
* Deep-space/planetary navigation and communications pdf – 2 MB [2 MB] (Christoph Guenther – DLR, Institute for Communications and Navigation)

Session 2: Space exploration: humans in space

* Tools and concepts for astronaut support on long-duration space missions pdf – 595 KB [595 KB] (health, training, habitat, ISRU) (Richard Aked – Space Applications, Belgium)
* Habitat Research and Technologies for Improving Life Support Cycles pdf – 391 KB [391 KB] (Juergen Schlutz – DLR, Human Spaceflight, ISS and Exploration)
* Research, development and validation for advanced dual integrated countermeasures for space exploration and human public health on Earth pdf – 323 KB [323 KB] (Audrey Berthier – MEDES-IMPS, France)
* Enabling technologies for human exploration: Opportunities for international cooperation pdf – 182 KB [182 KB] (Gennady Raykunov – Central Research Institute for Machine Building (TsNIIMash), Roscosmos, Russia)
* European technology research and application development for routine low cost sub-orbital space launch services pdf – 225 KB [225 KB] (John Lewis – VEGA Deutschland)
* Utilizing augmented reality and virtual reality in order to enhance human performance in space exploration pdf – 218 KB [218 KB] (Joern Rittweger – DLR, Aerospace medicine)

Session 3: Space science

* Microgravity related research within Europe pdf – 338 KB [338 KB] (Jack van Loon – ELGRA president)
* Gravitational Biology 2020: Study biology in space for life on Earth – from molecules to organisms pdf – 135 KB [135 KB] (Michael Lebert – University of Erlangen)
* Astrobiology: The search for life beyond the Earth pdf – 146 KB [146 KB] (Charles Cockell – Open University)
* The Impact and Opportunity of Small Satellites for Space Research pdf – 311 KB [311 KB] (Vaios Lappas – Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey)
* Synergies between ground-based telescopes and space missions, and novel instrumentation for astrophysics space missions pdf Р3 MB [3 MB] (Jes̼s Burgos Martin РInstituto de Astrofisica de Canarias)
* Development of structured data and knowledge management/operation system pdf – 355 KB [355 KB] (Maxim Khodachenko – Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
* Exploring results from European space missions pdf – 188 KB [188 KB] (Eigil Friis-Christensen – Technical University of Denmark)

Session 4: Emerging space applications to address challenges on and around Earth

* Sustainable Space: debris removal, space asset protection, green manufacturing, space-based solar power pdf – 288 KB [288 KB] (Brigitte Serreault – EADS Astrium, France)
* From research to operations: Quantification of the physics of the Sun-Earth system towards operational space weather forecasts pdf – 547 KB [547 KB] (Volker Bothmer – University of Goettingen, Institute for Astrophysics)
* Taking European space technology to next stage; A programme to bring European space technologies to the appropriate maturity level for implementation in European systems for dependence reduction and risk mitigation pdf – 137 KB [137 KB] (Pierre Lionnet – EUROSPACE)
* Development of future multiple-species space borne LIDARS for the global monitoring of the atmosphere composition pdf – 188 KB [188 KB] (Jean-Pierre Marque – ONERA, France)
* Space Infrastructure for UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) operations pdf – 476 KB [476 KB] (Bas van der Peet – National Aerospace Laboratory NLR)
* Innovative research to combine space technologies (geopositioning and data collection, earth observation, space oceanography) for improved monitoring of marine and coastal habitats and its impact on wildlife pdf – 2 MB [2 MB] (Aline Duplaa – Collecte Localisation Satellites)
* Increasing European security in addressing International human risks by combining remote sensing data with socio-economical information pdf – 835 KB [835 KB] (Nathalie Stephenne – Eurosense Belfotop N.V.)

In response to the very high interest from stakeholders to give feedback on the possible content of future space research priorities, the period during which it is possible to submit written contributions has been extended until 1 February 2011