Space 2030: Tackling Society's Challenges
International Futures Programme
Space technology has huge potential to provide practical responses to society’s major challenges. Over the coming decades, governments will increasingly be confronted with long-term problems such as threats to the environment or the management of decreasing natural resources, as well as social and society-wide trends such as growing mobility and its consequences, or the need to cope with mounting security concerns and a shift to the information society.
Space technology is well-placed to deal with these issues. With its help, it is possible to observe the Earth from its upper atmosphere to the depths of the ocean, to locate a fixed or moving object anywhere on the surface of the globe, and to communicate information across the world with speed and accuracy.
This book 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 to ensure that space can realise its potential.
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Publication Date: 13 June 2005
Further reading Space 2030: Exploring the Future of Space Applications