ESA polls stakeholders to inform its long-term exploration strategy

December 19, 2006

On 8 and 9 January, in the historic town of Edinburgh, ESA and BNSC are to hold a workshop to kick off the first in a series of consultations with key stakeholders. The aim is to define European long-term strategy for space exploration and set the scene for the decisions to be taken at the ESA Council meeting at ministerial level scheduled for 2008.

ESA has been working on the Aurora programme as a framework for space exploration for several years, and aims to make space exploration a global and societal project. It would be global insofar as it would rally, in a coordinated manner, as many nations as possible behind space exploration goals and objectives whose value and benefits would be there for the whole of humankind. It would be societal in that the European drivers and priorities would be defined following consultation with, and the commitment of, four stakeholder communities: scientific; political and institutional; industrial and innovation-related; and the general public and youth.

Representatives of these four groups, from all around Europe and worldwide, will gather at the George Hotel (19-21 George Street) in Edinburgh. They will be given a presentation of the current and future ESA plans and discuss a compelling rationale for Europe to play a significant role in the global space exploration endeavour.

Further to NASA's unveiling of its lunar exploration architecture on 4 December, ESA will define a broader scenario that will include the Moon as an important exploration target and an unavoidable stepping-stone for the human exploration of further destinations. European space exploration architectures will be derived from these scenarios, taking into account the industrial, scientific and societal interests expressed by the stakeholders in consultations like the one in Edinburgh. Based on these architectures and driven by the main European priorities, ESA will be participating with other international partners in this decades-long undertaking of robotic and human exploration of the Solar System.

The following day, the outcome of the ESA/BNSC European Exploration Workshop will be debated in a press conference starting at 11:30 at the Franklin Theatre (76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK ). There, the results of the workshop and, in particular, the European priorities and drivers, will be presented by leading figures of the scientific, political and institutional, and industrial and innovation scene.

Media representatives wishing to attend this press conference are kindly asked to fill in the attached accreditation form and return it by fax to the ESA Media Relations Office (FAO Anne-Marie Rémondin) by Friday 5 January 2007.
Accreditation form at:

European Space Agency

Related Drivers Articles from Brightsurf:

Smart cruise control steers drivers toward better decisions
Smart cruise control, better human decisions. Michigan Tech engineers study how cars and trucks move cooperatively on the road, respond to each other's environmental sensors and react as a group to lessen traffic jams and protect the humans inside.

Bus drivers more likely to let white customers ride for free
A new paper in The Economic Journal finds that bus drivers are more likely to let white riders ride for free and less likely to let Black riders ride without paying the fee.

What do electric vehicle drivers think of the charging network they use?
A new study provides the best insight yet into the attitudes of electric vehicle (EV) drivers about the existing network of charging stations.

Scientists identify new genetic drivers of cancer
Analysis of whole cancer genomes gives key insights into the role of the non-coding genome in cancer.

Taxi drivers face highest levels of black carbon compared to other professional drivers
Professional drivers working in congested cities are exposed to black carbon levels that are on average a third higher than would be experienced at a busy roadside, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

Understanding the drivers of a shift to sustainable diets
One of the 21st century's greatest challenges is to develop diets that are both sustainable for the planet and good for our bodies.

Are self-driving cars really the answer for older drivers?
New study highlights the delay and deterioration in driving when older drivers have to 'take-back' control of their vehicle in difficult conditions.

Think female race car drivers aren't fit enough? Think again
In the world of racing, the debate on whether women are as fit as men behind the wheel can often become heated.

Face off -- Cyclists not human enough for drivers: study
A new Australian study has found that more than half of car drivers think cyclists are not completely human, with a link between the dehumanisation of bike riders and acts of deliberate aggression towards them on the road.

Nearly 2 in 5 teen drivers text while driving
The study examined individual- and state-level factors associated with texting while driving among teens from 35 states.

Read More: Drivers News and Drivers Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to