This book explores the contribution space systems might make in dealing with looming societal challenges related to threats to the physical environment and the management of natural resources, growing mobility and its consequences, increasing security concerns, and the shift to the information society. It discusses the challenges for developing space applications. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks that currently govern space activities in the OECD area and beyond. Finally, it formulates an overall policy framework that OECD governments might use in drafting policies designed to ensure that the potential that space has to offer is actually realised.
Table of contents:
Executive Summary Introduction Chapter 1. A Scenario-Based Exploration of the Future of Space Applications Chapter 2. Meeting Societal Challenges: How Space Might Help Chapter 3. Supply Conditions: Strengths and Weaknesses of Space Chapter 4. Framework Conditions: Institutional Aspects Chapter 5. Framework Conditions: Legal, Regulatory, and Public Awareness Aspects Chapter 6. Main Findings and Recommendations Annex. Case Studies on Selected Space-Based Applications