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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Feb.26.2021

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Northrop Grumman CRS-15: Redwire Crystallization Facility ISS National Lab

On Northrop Grumman CRS-15, Redwire will launch its sixth commercial facility to the International Space Station, the Industrial Crystallization Facility (ICF). The ICF will provide a space-based platform for the growth and formulation of centimeter-scale single crystals and other exotic materials for use in the optics and sensor industries. Validation of the ICF will also provide a proof of concept for applied industrial materials production in microgravity, which will be an important in-orbit research and development capability in the future. Learn more about this facility, and how it may support future research and development in low Earth orbit.

** Northrop Grumman CRS-15: Research Overview ISS National Lab

Learn highlights of ISS National Lab-sponsored investigations that are part of the Northrop Grumman CRS-15 mission to the space station. This mission will bring with it several technology development demonstrations to the orbiting laboratory. This video provides a snapshot on some of the unique investigations that will be performed on the space station over the coming weeks and months.

** NLRA 2021-3: Technology Advancement and Applied Research on the ISS National Lab Webinar ISS National Lab

** Expedition 64 Spacewalk 71 and 72 Preview Briefing – February 24, 2021NASA Video

At the Johnson Space Center, Houston, NASA managers and flight controllers previewed a pair of upcoming spacewalks by Expedition 64 crewmembers outside the International Space Station during a briefing Feb. 24. ISS Deputy Program Manager Kenny Todd, spacewalk flight directors Marcos Flores and Chris Edelen and spacewalk officer Art Thomason discussed a spacewalk on Feb. 28 by NASA Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Victor Glover to begin the installation of hardware that will support upgraded solar array components to be delivered to the station later this year. They also provided a rundown of activities during a March 5 spacewalk by Rubins and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi to upgrade other external systems on the orbital outpost.

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The Space Show this week – Feb.22.2021

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, Feb. 22, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT: No program today.

2. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Dr. Haym Benaroya, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University, to discuss hybrid lunar habitat inflatable structures and more.

3. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021: Hotel Mars TBA pre-recorded. See upcoming show menu on the home page for program details.

4. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT): No program today.

5. Friday, Feb.26, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): No program today due to follow-up post surgery eye exam.

6. Sunday, Feb.28, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): Welcome to Open Lines. Robert Jacobson will start us out with a brief commercial space report and then we will take your calls on any and all space, science, tech, STEM, STEAM, and policy matters. We want to hear from you so give us a call at 1-866-687-7223.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Feb.21.2021Dr. George Sowers, former Chief Scientist at ULA and currently a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, talked about “multiple topics, policies, returning to the Moon, resource utilization and more“.

** Friday, Feb.19.2021Dylan Taylor “returned to talk about the booming commercial space industry, policy, returning to the Moon, China, investing in space and lots more. A great discussion you won’t want to miss.”

** Thursday, Feb.18.2021Douglas Messier of Parabolic Arc discussed the latest “space news plus the successful landing of the Perseverance Mars rover today“.

** Hotel Mars – Wed. Feb.17.2021William Harwood of CBS Space News spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston to give a preview of “the Perseverance landing on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. We went through the seven minute landing process in detail with new information and suspense provided by Bill. ”

** Tuesday, Feb.16.2021Andrew Chanin of ProcureAM discussed “their space EFT which is listed with the symbol UFO. Not only did we discuss their commercial space fund in detail, we talked about drivers for the commercial space industry, trends, international competition, China and much more.”

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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Space policy roundup – Feb.22.2021

A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government (US and international) related space news and resource items that I found of interest (find previous space policy roundups here):

International space

Webcasts:

** Episode 29: The Outer Space Treaty Self Executing vs Non Self ExecutingSpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

A discussion about the nature of the Outer Space Treaty and self-executing and non-self-executing treaties in general.

** SWF Moderates Panel on Developing “Rules” For Sustainable Space Logistics | Secure World

Panel discussion by Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning for Secure World Foundation with
Natália Archinard, Deputy Head of Education, Science and Space Section at Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
David Barnhart, Research Professor in the Department of Astronautical Engineering at University of Southern California
Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University

Space logistics and satellite servicing include new commercial activities that promise to revolutionize the way we use space but also stretch existing regulatory and oversight frameworks. As a result, there have been calls for new “rules” on how these and other space activities will be governed. This panel will discuss how best practices, standards, national regulations, and international law all play a role in creating the governance framework for space and how that process may unfold for satellite servicing.

** SSL Digital Symposium – Day 3, Part 3 – A sustainable space legacy for next generations?

Panel discussion by Claude Nicollier, astrophysicist, astronaut and professor emeritus EPFL / Space Innovation,
Anne-Marlène Rüede, PhD student EPFL, SGAC SSS co-team leader and
Kevin Pahud, EPFL student and Space@your Service association founding member

While space is more related to Earth’s activities and services than ever before, this entire industry is undergoing a massive transformation, with new actors, new business models, new perspectives and the likes of a « space for all » promise. At the same time, sustainability is part of the main challenges that mankind is facing and space will be no exception. This legacy is initiated by today’s experts, but young students are already pushing for a change they will take part in. That’s why we decided to give a voice to EPFL students and young Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) members about their expectations, ideas and the way education should prepare them achieve these goals.

** Tianwen-1 orbit insertion, ESPI Asia NewSpace report, Space in CNY Gala – Weekly News Round-Up Ep 20Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) Tianwen-1 inserts itself successfully in to Martian orbit …
2) Publication of the ESPI Report “New Space in Asia”, including DFH (and GT!) contribution for the China Part …
3) Happy New Year of the Ox! + Chinese New Year Art of Social Media…

** Lost Without Translation: Identifying Gaps in U.S. Perceptions of the Chinese Commercial Space Sector -Secure World Foundation/ Caleus Foundation (pdf)

** The Space Show – Friday, Feb.19.2021Dylan Taylorreturned to talk about the booming commercial space industry, policy, returning to the Moon, China, investing in space and lots more. A great discussion you won’t want to miss.

** The Space Show – Thursday, Feb.18.2021Douglas Messier of Parabolic Arc discussed the latest “space news plus the successful landing of the Perseverance Mars rover today“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Feb.17.2021Andrew Chanin of ProcureAM discussed “their space EFT which is listed with the symbol UFO. Not only did we discuss their commercial space fund in detail, we talked about drivers for the commercial space industry, trends, international competition, China and much more.”

** The Inquiry – Can we solve our space junk problem? – BBC Sounds

The world is entering a new space race but every new satellite launched into Earth’s orbit runs the risk of colliding with one of the millions of pieces of space junk left behind by previous missions. So how can we solve our space junk problem? Featuring former NASA astrophysicist, Don Kessler; Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Moriba Jah; space systems engineer, Richard Duke; and Victoria Samson of the Secure World

** Space Policy Edition: The Big Picture on U.S Science Funding | The Planetary Society

Matt Hourihan is perhaps the world’s expert on how the U.S. government funds basic science and development activities. He joins the show to talk about the big picture of where the money goes, how the focus has changed over time, and the consequences of budget cuts to critical science investments.

** Advocating for Mars in the United StatesThe Planetary Society – Youtube

American citizens have unparalleled opportunities to impact the future of space exploration. This workshop walk you through the actions you can take to advocate for NASA from home or at the Capitol.

** The Mars Business: The Private Sector and the Red PlanetThe Planetary Society – Youtube

United Launch Alliance and its predecessor companies have launched every U.S. mission to Mars since the 1960s. President and CEO Tory Bruno joins us for a Q&A on the company’s past, present, and future Mars mission involvement, and how his company plans to help advance Mars and solar system exploration in the years ahead.

** E51 – R&D: From Academia to U.S. Government ProgramsAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** E52 – DOD Organization and Space ForceAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – Dr. Peter Martinez – 26. January 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Peter Martinez, Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation, USA talked about potential scenarios for the future of humanity in space. Growth and Sustainability in Space – ensuring the long-term usability of Earth’s orbits and beyond: There are more human activities taking place in space today than ever before, and there are no signs of this growth slowing down. Mega-constellations, on-orbit services and lunar mining are all going from science fiction to reality. However, to ensure that humans will continue to be able to benefit from space, steps must be taken to put best-practices and norms of behaviour in place for space operations.

** February 17, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** February 18, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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“Orthographic projections of the “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon” showing the geology of the Moon’s near side (left) and far side (right) with shaded topography from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA). This geologic map is a synthesis of six Apollo-era regional geologic maps, updated based on data from recent satellite missions. It will serve as a reference for lunar science and future human missions to the Moon. Credit: NASA/GSFC/USGS.” Credits: USGS

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Space policy roundup – Feb.15.2021

A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government (US and international) related space news and resource items that I found of interest (find previous space policy roundups here):

International space

Webcasts:

** iSpace Fails Launch, Tianwen-1 First Image of Mars & News of OneSpace – Weekly News Round-Up Ep. 19Dongfang Hour

1) iSpace Fails in the Second Launch of the Hyperbola-1 …
2) Beijing Adds Satellite Internet to its Priorities for 2021 …
3) OneSpace Completes Successful Reentry Test Launch …
4) Tianwen-1 sends back its first image of Mars …

See also Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 1 – 7 Feb 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global .

** Planetary Protection (live public talk)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Protecting the Earth from the universe… and the universe from Earth. We chat with Moogega Cooper (Perseverance Mars Rover, Europa Clipper) about preventing contamination during missions around the solar system, making sure they don’t bring anything dangerous back with them and we don’t take life with us as we search for life beyond Earth. Host: Brian White, Public Services Office, NASA/JPL Co-Host: Nikki Wyrick, Public Services Office, NASA/JPL Speaker(s): Dr. Moogega Cooper, Planetary Protection Lead, Mars 2020, NASA/JPL

** Space Café WebTalk – Elodie Viau – 19. January 2021 – spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (D/TIA), and Head of ECSAT, at the European Space Agency in Harwell, UK, talked about the new telecommunication outlook of her directorate.

Elodie Viau shared an outlook of telecommunication and space solutions projects of ESA in 2021. Not limited to that she talked about the financing models, public-private-partnerships, broadband constellations and how space will generate innovative solutions for citizens and the digital economy.

** Atul Vashistha – How Does the Defense Business Board Influence US Department of Defense? CSP S04E03 – Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Atul Vashistha, globalization & outsourcing author and business founder, is on the Cold Star Project to explain how the Defense Business Board works. With considerable experience on the board, serving three presidents, Atul offers the perspective of vice chair and having managed board task forces. Host Jason Kanigan asks Atul to detail the process by which the Defense Business Board learns what its client the US Department of Defense wants, and develops its response as a report. View the slides Atul referred to: https://coldstarproject.com/vashistha… Defense Business Board example study referenced in our discussion: https://dbb.defense.gov/Portals/35/Do… Supply Wisdom website: https://www.supplywisdom.com/ Atul Vashistha’s Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Atul-Vashistha…

** February 10, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** February 12, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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“New Venice” space habitat designed by Suzana Bianco. Presented at Space Studies Conference 2019.

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The Space Show this week – Feb.15.2021

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, Feb. 15, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT: No program today.

2. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Andrew Chanin of ProcureAM to discuss commercial space finance, opportunities and updates ETFs.

3. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021: Hotel Mars TBA pre-recorded. See upcoming show menu on the home page for program details.

4. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT): We welcome back Douglas Messier of Parabolic Arc on space news. policy, Virgin Galactic and more.

5. Friday, Feb.19, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): We welcome back Dylan Taylor of Voyager Space Holdings. Subjects will be space finance, opportunities going forward, policy, ETFs, and more.

6. Sunday, Feb.21, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome back Dr. George Sowers. A look at our space program and policies going forward, returning to the Moon, and lots more great topics needing discussion.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Feb.14.2021Curt Holmer discussed bio-regenerative life support systems functional stability and limitations. Links to several of his papers are available on the blog posting for the program.

** Sunday, Feb.7.2021Dr. Thomas Spilker discussed “the Gateway Foundation and Orbital Construction Co. plans for building large space habitat and hotels in LEO. Tom is their chief engineer and architect”.

** Hotel Mars – joint program of John Batchelor Show/The Space Show, Wed. Feb.3.2021William Harwood of CBS Space News discussed “the planned Feb. 18, 2021 landing of Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover. Bill talked about the mission, the risky landing, the instruments and more.”

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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