Didier Schmitt is coordinator for human and robotic exploration at the European Space Agency. Previously he was member of the Space Task Force at the European External Action Service – EU Diplomatic Service, seconded by ESA (2014-2018). Scientific adviser and foresight coordinator in the Bureau of European Policy Advisers to the President of the European Commission (2012-14), and member of the Space Policy Unit at the European Commission (2009-12), seconded by ESA. Head of Life Science Unit in the human spaceflight and exploration programme at the European Space Agency (1997-2009).
Talk: Space exploration, a global commons or wild west?
Technology innovation and incentives for commercial initiatives tend to open up a dichotomy in space exploration: exploitation for the richest versus exploration for all human kind advancement.