Global Space Development Summit

April 23 – 25, 2008

To promote the coordination of global space exploration, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) co-hosted the first Global Space Development Summit on April 23-25 in Beijing, China. The Summit brought together space agency, industry, and political leaders to start exploring ways that nations can work together to provide for the greater global public good while respecting individual national constraints. The need to move beyong a complex web of tangled bilateral agreements to clear global multilateral cooperation is clear, and this Summit is an effort to further develop the path to making globalized space exploration a global public good.

This Summit included panels to facilitate discussions to lead at first ad hoc cooperation, and ultimately to the creation of the governance structures that will be critical to making space exploration sustainable. 

Panel 1: Global Cooperation in New Space Era

Wise Men Panel, providing large scale global vision for space and cooperation, framing the discussion at broad, strategic level. In the same way that humanity's first few tenative steps into space were accompanied by discussions of vision and the nature of exploration, the dawn of the Second Space Age is an occasion to ask far-reaching questions about the interaction of human civilization and the cosmos.  In this panel, luminaries from inside and outside of the space sector, from nations all around the world share their perspectives on space exploration, providing long-term, strategic visions for space exploration and international cooperation.  This panel will frame and contextualize the discussion of space at strategic level.

Moderator: Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS
    * Mr. Carlos Bulgheroni, Senior Advisor, CSIS
    * Prof. Jaques Blamont, Professor Emeritus, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Presentation
    * Prof. Yang Mingjie, President Assistant, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations
    * Mr. Michael Oborne, Director, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
    * Mr. Tarun Das, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Presentation
    * Mr. Lei Fanpei, Vice President, China Aerospace Science Corporation (CASC)

Panel 2: Current Cooperation in Space

Space Agencies- current prospects and activities- where we are at today. The past half-century of human activity in space has provided a wealth of experiences on the successes and difficulties of international cooperation in space exploration. Most notably, space faring nations now have the experience to fully understand the role of space as a broad strategic tool, covering just science, but as human life, foreign policy, innovation and industrial policy tool.  National space programs have, over the last several years, reevaluated their directions and objectives, and these directions have involved some measure of international cooperation. This panel explores the current perspectives on international cooperation and space exploration, providing a foundation for understanding what global and multinational space exploration might look like.

Moderator: Mr. Jim Zimmerman, President, International Astronautical Federation
    * Mr. Xu Yansong, Division Director, Department of Foreign Affairs, China National Space  Administration
    * Mr. Alexey Korostelev, Depty Director  of International Cooperation Department,
    * Mr. Steve Lett, Deputy U.S. Coordinator, U.S. State Department
    * Mr. Rolf Skaar, Former Administrator, Norwegian Space Center, Permanent Resident of
    Founders, European Space Policy Institute
    * Mr. Mustafa Din Bin Subari, Deputy Administrator, Malaysian Space Agency
    * Mr. Greg Withee, Senior Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    (NOAA), Presentation

Panel 3: Cooperation among Space Enterprises

Industrial/Commericial perspective. Economic integration is inextricably linked with the inexorable advance of globalization. Today, as in the past, industry-to-industry cooperation has not only been away for countries to slowly cultivate closer ties, but also a way to promote a whole host of economic efficiencies from interoperability to standardization, providing both economic and diplomatic benefits. In space, industrial coordination is a vital component of cooperation. Now, industrial cooperation has opened a new range of possibilities for multinational space exploration - fom multinational joint venture companies, to public-private partnerships, to privately-financed initiatives - the potential for new modes of cooperation is exremely high. In this panel, participants will discuss their perspectives on such possibilities and share their thoughts about future directions for business and space.

Moderator: Dr. Raymond Krommenacker, Regional Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Economies, World Trade Organization
    * Mr. Wu Yansheng, Vice President, CASC
    * Mr. Brian Dailey, Senior Vice President, Washington Operations, Lockheed Martin
    * Mr. Francois Auque, CEO, EADS Astrium
    * Mr. George Takahashi, General Manager, Space and Space Systems Business, Ship,
    Aerospace, and Transportation Division, Mitsubishi Corporation, Presentation

Panel 4: Policy Elements of Space Cooperation Roundtable

Roundtable discussion among space policy makers from around the world. As an inherently strategic undertaking, space is strongly dependent on the careful marriage of political will and guidance. With the increasing scope of activity in space and an ever-larger array of options for cooperation, coordination at the national level is a critical pre-condition for the creation of the multinational governance structures needed to bring space into the era of globalization. Our ultimate objective is the creation of formal structures for comprehensive strategic integration of space activities within and between space faring nations. This roundtable discussion, which will be off-record and closed to the media, is intended to spark an ongoing discussion among participants that will evolve cooperation from an ad hoc solution for cooperation to the creation of formal goverance strategies.

Moderator: Dr. Yang Yi, Rear Admiral, Director, Institute of Strategic Studies, China National Defense University
    * Mr. Wang Liheng, Academician, China Academy of Engineering, Former First Vice
    Administrator of China National Space Administration
    * Hon. Tom Feeney, Congressman (R-FL 24th), Ranking Minority Member, U.S. House of Representatives
    * Prof. Setsuko Aoki, Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
    * Mr. Yves Deniaud, French National Assembly, UMP, Member, Parliamentary Group on
    * Mr. Jean-Michel Marie Contant, Secretary General, International Academy of Astronautics
    * Mr. Li Genxin, Secretary General, China Arms Control and Disarmament Association