The Impact on Industry of Major Government Space Policy Changes

Press Release From: International Astronautical Federation
Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On the occasion of the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) organized by the IAF, the Industry Relations Committee has set up the plenary meeting dedicated to the impact of governments' space policy changes on industry.

This item was debated by the representatives of major agencies and industrial partners from the space-faring nations of Europe, Asia and the United States in order to address the issue.

The main outcomes, presented by the Chairman of the Industry Relations Committee, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall (Chairman & CEO of Arianespace), are the following:

- The main programmes initiated by governments and space agencies stimulate industrial space activity.

- Industry has a strong capacity to adapt itself to national space policies.

- Political, institutional or industrial uncertainties are a real handicap for space agencies as well as for industry.

Therefore, an evolution of space policies and industrial organisations is better than a revolution to ensure the long-term stability of the sector and its competitiveness.

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