Dr. Nick Appleyard, Head of Downstream Business Apps at ESA on what the (near) future holds for Europe’s space industry. As competition increases globally on all fronts, how and where is Europe most competitive? How can it best mobilise the national space resources of its 22 different member-states, many of whom don’t even have their own space programmes? And what is Europe’s role in solving arguably today’s most pressing space-related problem, the nascent threat of space debris?