Over the last years, space policies of the European Union, ESA and Member States have shifted considerably from technology development and systems to services and downstream markets.
Space services and applications shall provide solutions for the needs of European citizens and society. Moreover it shall serve economic needs, thereby maximising the benefits of public space investments.
This utilitarian view of the space industry requires in-depth market knowledge and raises numerous legal and regulatory issues.
While numerous recent events have addressed new technologies, services and applications and their benefits, the underlying legal and regulatory aspects are not yet addressed in a dedicated event.
Over the past 5 years, bavAIRia e.V., the Bavarian Cluster Aerospace, and BHO Legal have organised several legal symposia focussing on legal issues for satellite navigation, earth observation and geospatial services and applications in Germany.
Up to 80 participants from mostly German companies and organisations attended the events.
The next legal symposium – the first international one – will focus on the European market for space services and applications, the underlying policies and regulatory framework. It will unite around 120 experts from all European stakeholders.
The overall aim of the conference is to openly address and debate the economic challenges for promoting European space services and applications, to analyse the suitability of the existing regulatory framework, to identify the needs for potential adjustments or additional regulatory measures, and to exchange on the key legal issues related to space services and applications.
The conference is scheduled for the 18th and 19th February 2015 and will take place in the Evang. Akademie Tutzing, at the lakeside of the Starnberger See near Munich, Germany.