Starlink Satellit. Foto: Andy Holmes.

Space

Space policy, that sounds like distant future. But space travel is currently undergoing rapid change. And we must prepare for this upheaval. We have to prepare ourselves for new private sector players to conquer space. We must prepare ourselves for the fact that powerful states such as the USA or China have set in motion a new militarization of space by founding space forces. In view of this Space Race 2.0, I advocate for a new international set of rules and a new European space strategy.

Satellite-Internet: Debate gains momentum

The debate on the planned European megaconstellation (“Secure Connectivity“) is gaining momentum. In June, the responsible rapporteur of the European Parliament, Christophe Grudler (Renew), presented his position in the Industry Committee. As shadow rapporteur for The Greens/EFA, I was now able to submit my amendments. I am mainly concerned with three points.  First, I want…

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US-Visit: transatlantic dialogue on space policy!

The political challenges in space are huge. We must set the course today for the space of tomorrow. For more peace, security and justice on Earth. Now, I was in the US to help fostering international dialogue for better regulation. A revolution is happening in space.  Satellites are getting smaller and smaller, rocket launches cheaper…

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DLR: Satellites to fight Climate Change

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) shows how space technology is driving us forward as a society. In March, I visited the DLR site in Oberpfaffenhofen, Bavaria.  A total of 13 scientific facilities and institutes are located on the site near Munich. Around 1,800 employees work there on some of the most exciting German space projects….

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Isar Aerospace: Visit to Bavarian Space Start-Up

I am committed to building a European space economy. Recently, I have visited the German start-up Isar Aerospace near Munich. Their launcher Spectrum is on the way to its first test flight. Satellite technology has become an integral part of our society. It is not only about communication and navigation, but also about industry, research…

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European Mega-Constellation – Internet for Citizens?

The EU Commission presented its plans for a new European mega-constellation. The “Secure Connectivity System” is planned as a multi-orbital constellation. It is intended to simultaneously enable quantum-encrypted communications for government agencies and deliver satellite-based Internet to structurally weak regions. The latter not only in Europe, but also on the African continent. We have to make…

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Why not the Moon Treaty?

Resource mining on the moon could become a reality in the near future. Now we need to bring forward international legal frameworks. I would like to bring an alternative to the American Artemis Accords into play: the Moon Treaty of 1979. Everyone wants back to the Moon. The USA and Europe, Israel, China, India, Japan…

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Space Policy: Green, Just, European

Spaceflight is currently in the midst of rapid transformation. But for politicians, this important topic unfortunately still sounds far too often like pie in the sky. We Greens/EFA are now the first political group in the European Parliament to present a comprehensive positioning on space policy. It is urgently time to set the course for the…

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Which role will the EU play in Space?

Webinar, June 17th, 7pm Space travel is currently undergoing rapid change. New possibilities promise profits in the billions and the richest people in the world are pushing into the orbit. At the same time, major powers such as the USA and China are expanding the militarization of space. In science, from medicine to climate research,…

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New Laws for Space?

What is allowed in outer space and what is not, is regulated in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. The treaty states that outer space belongs to all of us and that all states have the right to explore it. All activities are to be carried out peacefully and for the benefit of all mankind….

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Webinar: Space Race 2.0

Space policy sounds like the distant future. But space travel is currently undergoing rapid change. And we need to prepare for this. Space travel is becoming increasingly important — not only for telecommunications, but also for science, from medicine to climate research. Its ongoing privatization promises billions in profits, and the world’s richest people are…

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