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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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Meeting Societal Challenges

How Space Might Help

Devoting resources to the development of space systems can only be justified from a socio-economic perspective if these systems significantly benefit society at large. This issue is explored by considering the specific contribution space might make to addressing five major societal challenges to be faced in coming decades: those related to the state of the environment, the use of natural resources, the increasing mobility of individuals and products and its consequences, growing security threats and the shift towards the information society. The main conclusion is that space applications have already been useful from an overall societal perspective and could be of further help in the coming decades. However, this would require fulfilling several conditions: i) further development of space systems; ii) better integration of these systems with ground-based systems; and iii) sustainable and predictable provision of space-based services.

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