Prof. Walter Peeters

September 7, 2022

Prof. Walter Peeters

Space Business and Management

Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, MBA (University of Louvain, Belgium)

Doctorate of Engineering (Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands)


Has been with ESA since 1983 after initial activities in industry (construction, petrochemical). In ESA: project control and coordination on the Hermes project and the EUROMIR flights with Russia, among others. Former Head of the Coordination Office of the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.

Lecturer in Space Marketing (Technical University of Delft) and former visiting professor in Non-profit Marketing (Catholic University of Louvain).

Founding Director of IISC (International Institute of Space Commerce)

Former Dean and President of ISU (till 2018)

Publications Include

Peeters, W.A. and in ‘t Veld, J., The Use of Alternate Contract Types in Europe as Protection Against Overruns. National Contracts Management Journal, Vol. 23 (1) (1989), pp. 23-34.

Peeters, W.A., Incentives in Government Procurement Contracts. Public Procurement Law Review, No. 4, (1993).

Peeters, W.A. and Sciacovelli, S., Communication related aspects in Multinational Missions. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Vol. 49 (3) (1996), pp. 113-120.

Peeters, Walter A. R., Space Marketing. A European Perspective. (Kluwer Academic Publ., Dordrecht, Boston, 2000) ISBN 0-7923-6744-8. 352 p.

Peeters, W., Space Commercialization Trends and Consequences for the Workforce. Acta Astronautica 53 (2003) pp. 833-840.

Peeters, W. Space Marketing (in Chinese) (Caphbook, Beijing, 2004) ISBN 7-80144-866-9. 376 p.

Peeters, W. and Madauss B. A proposed strategy against Cost Overruns in the space sector: the 5C approach. Journal of Space Policy 24(2), (2008), pp.80-89.

Peeters, W., From suborbital space tourism to commercial personal spaceflight. Acta Astronautica 66 (2010), pp. 1625-1632.

Peeters, W. Space Science: A cradle for philosophers, Astropolitics, 10 (2012), pp.27–38.

Peeters, W., A Roadmap for Suborbital Commercial Passenger Spaceflight. New Space, Vol 1(2) (2013), pp.81-90.

Peeters, W. et al., Private Human Access to Space, Vol.1 Suborbital Flights, (2014), IAA report SG 3.9, ISBN number: 978-2-917761-35-9.

Peeters, W., Is New Space Lifting Off? Prospective Stratégique, Vol 45 (2016), pp.60-65.

Peeters, W. Towards a definition of New Space? The entrepreneurial perspective. New Space Vol 6(3) (2018), pp. 187-190.

Yuan Y. and Peeters, W., Rapid Growth of the Chinese commercial space sector, Astropolitics, Vol 17(3) (2019), pp. 191-207.

Peeters, W., Damp, L. and Williams, P., Launching Smallsats. The Example of Southern launch, New Space Vol. 8(4) (2020), pp. 201-212.

Peeters, W., The Role of Space Education in Africa, New Space, Vol. 9(1) (2021), pp. 27-32.

Van Camp, C. and Peeters, W., A world without satellite data as a result of a global cyber-attack, accepted for publication in Space Policy (2021).

Other Activities and honors

Co-chairman of WSC session (Houston, 2002)

Co-chair Business & Management Department ISU SSPs

Full Member of IAA (since 2018)

Holder of Yuri Gagarin Medal

Knight in French Légion d’Honneur

Advisor on space activities in Baltic States, Ireland and Oman.

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