The Eurospace Exploration Working Group issued a new position paper on Space exploration which has been approved by the Eurospace council during its last meeting.
This position paper aims at presenting the views and concerns of the European Space industry on Space exploration. During the discussion, the industry representatives (Astrium, Thales Alenia Space, OHB Space systems, RUAG Space, Kayser-Threde, Snecma, MT Aerospace, Telespazio,...) agreed to focus on 3 main messages:
1- Space Exploration, a focus of European excellence, is part of human desire to explore. It drives innovation in scientific and technological fields and generates economic, political and societal benefits and returns.
2- Industry looks for a clear political support with a long-term planning and an adequate funding to:
- Increase the European non-dependency to avoid risks on schedule and funding.
Partnership is a key for Space exploration missions, thus a non-dependant Europe can develop strong and stable international collaboration.
- Improve its technical excellence and competitiveness.
3- Industry supports the on-going programs, notably ExoMars and ISS Exploitation, as well as the preparation of the next long-term exploration missions.
On-going programs are the necessary first steps. The next row of missions shall be scheduled in continuity so that they can benefit from the experience gained on the on-going ones; their preparatory phases should therefore occur in short term.
You can download the full position paper here
You will find the other Eurospace position papers here