7 November 2011
The Brussels conference identified the need for policy discussions at international level and called for a first meeting of a High-level International Space Exploration Platform by the end of 2011, making the discussions truly global.
The prime objective in Lucca is to maintain the momentum of the first two conferences by beginning high-level dialogue on space exploration that should allow discussions on the development of a global exploration concept and the future of international collaboration. The conference will examine potential fields for collaboration, starting with the ‘pillars’ of exploration, such as space transportation, manned and unmanned orbital infrastructures, robotic exploration and enabling technologies.
The conference is co-organised by the European Space Agency, the Chair of the ESA Ministerial Council – Italy – and the European Commission.
Events at the Palazzo Ducale in Lucca can be followed live via the webstream at webcast.ec.europa.eu/eutv/portal/space-conference_2011