"ESA has a new Director General, the European Union recognises the need for a policy on space, covering civil and security needs, the commercial market in satellites and launchers is suffering from a severe economic downturn and industry is reacting by restructuring to secure its competitiveness", he added.
The opening plenary session of ISD 2003, on Monday 24 November, will provide industry with first-hand information about developments on the various issues that are transforming the business environment for the whole space industry, from satellite manufacturers to telecommunications operators and final applications developers and users.
At that session the Director General of ESA, Jean-Jacques Dordain, will present his objectives for the development of ESA over the next 4 years.
A senior representative of the European Commission will present the European space policy set out in the recently published White Paper. Mrs Pascale Sourisse, President of Eurospace and CEO of Alcatel Space, will present industry's view and analysis of the changes that lie ahead.
Dr Kappler will present the outlook for institutional markets in Europe and explain ESA's industrial policy. Mr Marc Giget, President of Euroconsult, will present forecasts for the space applications commercial market.
The three-day ISD 2003 event includes thematic conferences, round tables, workshops, exhibitions and meetings among industry representatives. The full programme can be found on the web via the link from the ESA industry portal .