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European Autonomy in Space

  • Cenan Al-Ekabi


  • Reflects Europe's development within the space industry with autonomy as a driving factor

  • Comprehensive overview of European efforts in areas such as energy, culture, science and security

  • Shows importance of autonomous space capabilities even in an interdependent globalized world


Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Cenan Al-Ekabi, Panos Mastorakis
    Pages 1-45
  3. European Autonomy and Policy

  4. European Autonomy and Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Rolf Densing, Niklas Reinke
      Pages 127-135
    3. Cenan Al-Ekabi
      Pages 137-155
    4. Frank De Winne
      Pages 157-163
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 173-198

About this book


The volume provides analyses and evaluations of the continuing importance of Europe’s autonomy in its access to space as a key driver in the development of European space capabilities. From a detailed historical analysis of some of the pitfalls of dependence in the space industry, experts analyse the full range of current European space capabilities and identify areas where autonomy is both possible and required, even in a situation of severe budgetary constraints.
The contributions present a comprehensive overview of European efforts in a broad range of areas including energy, culture, science, and security; access to space, space applications, human spaceflight, security and space situational awareness, and strategic issues. They make a cogent strategic and economic case for policy makers to continue to bear in mind the importance of autonomous space capabilities, even in an interdependent globalised world.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Cenan Al-Ekabi
    • 1
  1. 1.ESPI - European Space Policy InstituteViennaAustria

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