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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering | European Autonomy in Space

European Autonomy in Space

Series: Studies in Space Policy, Vol. 10

Al-Ekabi, Cenan (Ed.)

2015, XI, 198 p. 6 illus.

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  • 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
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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Autonomy in Space - European Autonomy in Space - European Independence in Space - European Space Program - Space Activities EU - Space Exploration Europe

Related subjects » Law - Mechanical Engineering - Political Science - R&D / Technology Policy

Table of contents 

Introduction: Setting the Scene: Europe’s Autonomy in Space.- European Autonomy and Policy: Strategic Autonomy in EU Space Policy - A Conceptual and Practical Exploration.- Autonomy and Dependence in Space Sciences.- Lessons for European Autonomy in Space from Past Pursuits of Energy Autonomy.- In Search of Shared Autonomy: the EU as a Restricted Foreign, Security and Defense Political Actor.- Europe’s Space Security Contingencies and Preparedness.- The Pursuit of Collective Autonomy? Europe's Autonomy in "Space and Security" Lacks a Joint Vision.- European Autonomy and Space: The Need for European Independence in Space Applications.- European Access to Space: Factors of Autonomy.- European Autonomy in Space: Human Space Flight.- Technological Dependence.

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