Within Our Orbit: The Promise of Space Capabilities in Global Economic Development

When: Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Where: Center for Global Development, 2055 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Book Launch:
Handbook for Space Capability Development

WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2023
0845am-10:45am ET In-Person
(09:00am-10:15am ET Virtual)
By Author: Rose Croshier, Non-resident Policy Fellow, CGD


Join CGD in our discussion and celebration of the pragmatic, comprehensive, and beautifully illustrated Handbook for Space Capability Development!  Author Rose Croshier, a former CGD research fellow, makes the case for why all governments should establish a foundational space capability, discusses what such a program might look like in real terms, and suggests an approach for how to conduct early program design. 

About the Event:

For most of human existence, space has been unreachable and mysterious. Today, however, satellites are launched into space about every three days - underpinning telecommunications, utilities, financial institutions, and other elements of global daily life. Satellites also offer the potential to accelerate economic growth, build resilience against natural and humanmade disasters, and enable every one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 

What is impeding space-enabled development? The misconception that building domestic space capabilities is a cost-prohibitive venture, reserved only for wealthier nations. On the contrary, while the degree of space investment and activity varies, even a modest national space program can realize outsized benefits. 

Join the Center for Global Development and the Secure World Foundation to explore benefits and design options for a national space program. In a new illustrated Handbook for Space Capability Development, former CGD research fellow Rose Croshier makes the case for why all governments should invest in space capability and offers practical steps for developing a sustainable program.


Lightning talk on Building Space Capability

Followed by Panel “Building an inclusive global space ecosystem” with:

  • Rose Croshier, Author, CGD
  • Alex Chunet, European Space Agency Liaison to the World Bank
  • Val Munsami, Founder, Africa Space Leadership Institute
  • Krystal Azelton, Director of Space Applications Programs at Secure World Foundation
  • Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, CGD (Moderator)

(In-person) Book signing and Celebration.


More Information and Registration:

If you have questions for Rose Croshier or our panelists, submit questions via email to events@cgdev.org or tweet at @CGDev #CGDTalks.

In-person attendees can meet the author, get their book signed, and celebrate the publication together after the event. Breakfast will be provided at the event. More information on the event and registration can be found here.

The Handbook for Space Capability Development can be accessed here. A recording of the event is available here.

Last updated on June 15, 2023