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Space 2030

Tackling Society's Challenges

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This book explores the contribution space systems might make in dealing with looming societal challenges related to threats to the physical environment and the management of natural resources, growing mobility and its consequences, increasing security concerns, and the shift to the information society. It 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 designed to ensure that the potential that space has to offer is actually realised.

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Introduction

Over the centuries, space has captured the imagination of many. Science fiction authors have often depicted a future in which humans would explore space, first to the Moon then onwards to Mars and other planets in our solar system and eventually to the galaxy itself. This ongoing quest for the “ultimate frontier” was expected to bring about the emergence of a new form of civilisation in which the colonisation of other worlds – and perhaps contact with extraterrestrial life – would become the main focus of human activity...

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