Public Lecture: "Small satellites and small launchers, a paradigm shift in the occupation of space?" by Dr. Isabelle Sourbès-Verger, 7 March 2019, 02:30 PM, NIAS

Small satellites and small launchers, a paradigm shift in the occupation of space?    


Speaker: Dr. Isabelle Sourbès-Verger

             Senior Researcher, CNRS, Paris

Chairperson:  Prof. Rajaram Nagappa

Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019

Time:  2:30 pm

Venue: Conference Hall 2, NIAS



Since 10 years, small satellites are more and more numerous in the occupation of outer space. This phenomenon raises different issues as they offer an opportunity for new actors to possess their own satellites, to learn about space technology and to develop new applications. In parallel, there is an increasing number of new projects to develop small launchers in order to benefit from the small satellites demand on launching. 
However, the logic behind small launchers and small satellites programs are quite different. If new launchers need a real demand from the owners of small satellites, the reverse is not true as it is shown by the use of  PSLV in recent years. This presentation aims to discuss these trends and to open discussion about their implications in terms of strategic and commercial issues. 

About the Speaker:

Isabelle Sourbès-Verger is Research Director at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) in Paris. She is one of the few French researchers specialised in the study of outer space activities and related national space policies. History and geography studies constitute her academic background. After she became a teacher, she conducted research about the Geography of Outer Space, dealing with the different forms of occupation of Earth orbits and the corresponding national space policies of the Space Club members. Her research focuses on the interface of national public policy and technological ambitions taking into account very different issues such as strategic matters and international security, the impact of public opinion and the role of media as support to space activities. Thus, Europe, Russia, Japan, China, and India are the major space powers on which she developed extensive expertise. Using a comparative analysis of different national space policies, her research provides an original view on the various models of acquisition and development of national space competences. She is a member of different international networks such as European Space Policy Institute Network (ESPI), Space Security Working Group (Mc Gill University). She contributes to different advisory panels at the national and international level. Currently, she is part of the Organisation Committee of Manfred Lachs international Conference on « Global Space Governance », Montréal, 2014, 2016 and 2017. She is also a member of the ESA History Project Academic Council (EHPAC).


All are cordially invited

Thursday, March 7, 2019