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OneWeb: “Europe needs Eurovision Space Policy”

July 7, 2022

By Chris Forrester

Eurovision, the widely praised approach to some key annual broadcast opportunities, is a suitable model for space-related activities, according to Chris McLaughlin, chief of government, regulatory and engagement at OneWeb.

Europe can remain competitive in the commercial space industry, says McLaughlin, “[but] needs an open door to innovation and opportunity. This, of necessity, extends the concept of Europe beyond the defined member state grouping to a wider, of like-minded, approach. A bit like Eurovision, but without the songs, dance, routines and dressing up.”

McLaughlin was speaking at the launch of the European Centre for Space Economy & Commerce (ECSECO) where the main objective is to provide a European platform for interdisciplinary discussions and research on space economy and commerce.

ECSECO is a forum for individuals professionally involved in space economy and commerce, who share interest in the development of the sector in Europe. Interdisciplinarity lies at the heart of the ECSECO, therefore, the Centre will welcome members from various professional backgrounds, inter alia, economists, engineers, scientists and lawyers from the private sector, public institutions, international organisations and academia.

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