Global Governance Institute


42: Giorgio Savini – Anarchy and the Space Race

Giorgio Savini joins us to talk about space governance, regulatory blackholes, new kids on the block, SpaceX, and much more.

Giorgio Savini
Professor Giorgio Savini is an astrophysicist at University College London, specialising in instrumentation for space exploration. As a key figure at UCL’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, his work bridges the gap between astrophysics and engineering, focusing on the development of cutting-edge technologies for space telescopes and satellite systems.  He has been involved in major international consortiums, including working on the Planck Probe’s High Frequency Instrument and currently serving as Payload Scientist on the European Space Agency ARIEL mission.

In this conversation, we delve into the practical implications of space governance on the work of scientists and technicians tasked with pushing the frontiers of space exploration, why the 1967 Outer Space Treaty is not fit for purposes, the very real dangers posed by Kessler Syndrome (space debris), and what global governance should have to do with it.

Giorgio’s official profile can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/people/professor-giorgio-savini

We discussed:

The Outer Space Treaty, 1967.

The Moon Agreement, 1984.

The Artemis Accords, 2020.