At Space Tech Expo in Bremen on 25. October 2017 the panel Space traffic management – Where are the gaps in STM policy and how are they being addressed? was moderated by BHO Legal partner Oliver Heinrich. The speakers – Rolf Densing, Director of Operations and Head of European Space Operations Centre (ESOC); Christian Arbinger, Head of Navigation Services, DLR GfR mbH; Marc Valès, Vice President Strategic Partnership, ArianeGroup; Omar Valdés Solórzano, Market Development Officer, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency – discussed about the current state of space traffic management and its growing importance for space activities in a naturally limited environment. During the discussion, one of the panellists, Rolf Densing, highlighted that for Europe to have a voice in the future negotiations on the creation of global space traffic regulation, it needs to have something to bring to the table. According to Densing, that can only be achieved if the relatively small EU and ESA member states join forces and work together in the same manner they do on the development of the European Ariane launcher or the Galileo navigational constellation.
The presentations of the panel are available under https://www.spacetechexpo.eu/forums/forum-presentations/
More information on the panel are also provided in the SpaceNews