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Space policy roundup – Aug.3.2020

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:

** Unleashing the Power of Geospatial Intelligence, Lessons Learned from the Government and Turning… – Constellations Podcast

On this episode of the Constellations podcast we will discuss harnessing the power of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) by moving beyond data silos and integrating, fusing and analyzing data horizontally to deliver new insights. The podcast reviews GEOINTs historical roots, the evolution today across industries and looks to the future. With more remote sensing satellites, more rapid revisits and global coverage – an enormous volume of data is being created today. There is a daunting challenge in terms of archiving, processing and analyzing all that data and turning it into insights.

As the founder and early adopter of the concept of GEOINT, the government has been on the front lines for over a decade. What lessons can be learned from the government’s efforts that can be applied to today’s new technologies and providers in the commercial sector to maximize the full value of geospatial intelligence? Keith Masback, a leading international authority on geospatial intelligence with over 30 years of experience will shed some light on this topic. Keith is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Plum Run and provides advisory and consulting services to leading-edge companies working in geospatial intelligence and related fields. Prior to founding Plum Run, he spent over a decade as the President / Chief Executive Officer of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

** Ralph Dinsley – Moving Space Situational Awareness To Civilian Management – Cold Star Project S02E53

Following a three-and-a-half decade UK defense career culminating in managing RAF Fylingdales and in the role of Aerospace Battle Manager, Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley founded Northern Space and Security (NORSS). In this discussion with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, Dinz lays out the case for moving space situational awareness from military to civilian management. Dinz answers:

– What is “Peace and Development”, the postgraduate studies subject you applied yourself to for your Masters degree?
– What exactly is “Aerospace Battle Manager”, the role you held for a dozen years?
– What would you describe as the main reason behind the establishment of NORSS? What problems do you solve, and for what organizations?
– Is the military dominance coverage of the orbital environment still fit for purpose? Under what domain should space traffic management be?
– What is the Space Law Games, which you co-initiated? What do you hope to discover from the exercise?
– Where do you find yourself getting pulled into discussions as a well-known individual in the UK defense sector?

NORSS website: https://www.norss.co.uk/

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space ShowJohn Batchelor and David Livingston spoke with Mike Wall of Space.com about the latest  delays, problems, and the future of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST):

** The Space Show – Fri. July 31, 2020Scott Herman discussed the BlackSky Global earth satellite imaging company and “Geospatial intelligence and global monitoring, dusk-to-dawn capabilities, LEO Constellation, commercial value, market growth, national security and much more”.

** July 31, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** E26 – Removing Obstacles and Streamlining Launch (w Carrie O’Quinn and special guests: Mandy Vaughn, Carie Mullins, Tony Frego) – Center for Space Policy and Strategy | The Aerospace Corporation

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Space policy roundup – July.27.2020

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 21 July 15th Russian Co-Orbital ASAT Test – Michael Listner, Space Law & Policy Solutions

Preliminary thoughts on the orbital ASAT test performed by the Russian Federation on July 15th.

** Space ethics explainer: What are the restrictions for outer space travel? – Afternoons – ABC Radio

As more nations send satellites and missions into the galaxy, new questions about space ethics are being raised.

Advances in space technology potentially open up whole new worlds for humans to explore.

But what are the rules to prevent those technologies from having negative outcomes in the cosmos.

Associate Professor of Ethics and Leadership at UNSW Canberra, Dr Stephen Coleman spoke to ABC Radio Canberra’s Paula Kruger about some of the difficult questions regarding space travel.

** Space Café WebTalk Recap: Niklas Hedman on Space Multilateralism – SpaceWatch.Global

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Niklas Hedman, Chief of the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna talked about the governance phases under the 60 year history of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) and the “New Frontier” with increasing governance, commercial and scientific interests in planetary exploration, space resources, and planetary protection. The talk addressed the role of multilateralism in this “New Frontier” Era.

** E25 – What is Planetary Protection and Why Should We Care (Meg Abraham and Bhavya Lal) – Aerospace CSPS on Vimeo

** Michael Maloney – The Space Traffic Management PhantomCold Star Technologies – YouTube

Michael Maloney of Satellite Design for Recovery returns to the Cold Star Project, and we’re continuing our discussion of the problems in space traffic management. While many people think STM is already figured out, the truth is this is a phantom idea. Current systems are cobbled together and do not represent a serious solution to the problem. With host Jason Kanigan, Michael discusses:

– what space traffic management is and why we need it – how we can measure capacity and utilization in STM
– why Air Traffic Control can be used as a model in developing a functional STM solution
– what limits there are in executing a Space Traffic Management program
– a future path to STM including better Space Situational Awareness, mitigation of space debris, and timely remediation.

Satellite Design for Recovery website: https://satdfr.org/

** The Space Show – Sun. July.26.2020Dr. Michael Gleason of the Aerospace Corp talked about his new paper, The Value of Space.

** The Space Show – Fri. July.24.2020Steven Wolfe discussed “space settlement, the new Beyond Earth Institute and more on the settlement issue”.

** The Space Show – Mon. July.20.2020Rand Simberg “was welcomed back for a two segment 91 minute discussion about Apollo 11 and the entire Apollo program, the significance of the ceremony he and others created, Evoloterra (evoloterra.com) plus a commercial space and property rights update”.

** July 21, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** July [25] 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

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Space policy roundup – July.20.2020

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 20 Legal Test for Space Debris – Michael Listner, Space Law & Policy Solutions

My 2012 article in The Space Review can be accessed here: Addressing the challenges of space debris, part 1: defining space debris

** Hotel Mars/John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wed. July.15.2020John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston spoke with Dr. Jim Bell about “Mars 2020 and the Perseverance rover. Jim is part of the project and the PI for the 3D Zoom camera project”.

** The Space Show – Tues. July.14.2020Dr. James Schwartz talked about his new book, The Value of Science in Space Exploration [Amazon commission link] and had “a wide ranging discussion on doing science in space as a priority over commercial, mining, resource usage and settlement”.

** Radar Tracking, Orbital Debris and a Safer SpaceConstellations Podcast – YouTube

We speak with Daniel Ceperley, CEO and Co-Founder of LeoLabs Space about the growing issue of space debris. Orbital debris is a serious issue that will only get worse, but dealing with it is as much an opportunity as a challenge. Daniel explains his goal to track the 12,000 known debris objects low earth orbit by building set of advanced radars and we discuss the possibility of long-term solutions to collision avoidance. Is there a future where satellites use radar to detect other objects and avoid collision? Listen to this episode of Constellations to learn how today’s visionaries, such as Daniel Ceperley of LeoLabs, are making space safer for the rest of us.

** Space Café WebTalk Recap: Jenni Tapio on Implementing National Space Laws – SpaceWatch.Global

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk,  Jenni Tapio, Chief Specialist in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland talked about the implementation of national space laws on the example of Finland and beyond.

She discussed the example of the Finnish Act on Space Activities. What does a national space law mean for business opportunities? She also answered relevant questions from the audience.

** July 14, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** July 17, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** E24 – Nuclear Space Systems (w Patricia Maloney and James Howe)  Aerospace CSPS (Center for Space Policy and Strategy at the Aerospace Corporation)

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Space policy roundup – July.13.2020

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:

** E23 – Defending the Space Enterprise in the Cyber Domain (w Lori Gordon, Ryan Speelman, and John Felker)Aerospace Corporation: Center for Space Policy and Strategy

** Space Policy Edition: A Trillion-Dollar Space Economy? | The Planetary Society

Dr. Bhavya Lal joins the show to discuss the size of the space economy, where it’s going, and how the term itself can mean many different things to many different people. In a world filled with breathless claims about trillion-dollar economies, we dive down into the fundamental assumptions about space commerce, its potential for growth, and the pitfalls of motivated thinking in the hyper-optimistic space community.

** Keeping Space Green and Clean With Luc Riesbeck – Via Satellite

Luc Riesbeck is a space policy research analyst at Astroscale U.S., and wants to make our orbits a safer place.

Riesbeck started their career with an undergraduate degree in international relations, then interned at NASA, and quickly realized their interest in space policy. Now with a masters degree and a space policy internship under their belt, Riesbeck is eager to work alongside other industries to put space on the map for the “green” environmental movement.

In this episode, Riesbeck talks about the importance of space sustainability, keeping our orbits clean, and what space policy could look like in the years to come.

** Commercial spaceflight advocate outlines revolution in the field – SpaceFlight Insider

Night Sky Network members enjoyed a webinar on June 16, 2020 hosted by Bruce Pittman from NASA’s Space Portal Office, who shared the present, and future of commercial ventures in space. A quiet revolution has been taking place in the development of space over the last 20 years. Sparked by the space ambitions of men such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, these efforts will come into full display over the next 42 months starting with the launch of the NASA Commercial Crew Demo 2 mission by SpaceX now scheduled for May 27th and hopefully ending with Americans returning to the lunar surface for the first time in 50 years by December 2024. But this story is about more than just getting to space. We will also talk about the start of a space manufacturing revolution that is now beginning on the International Space Station. It has been said that the first trillionaire will be made in space, it may be one of the people that we will talk about.

About Bruce Pittman Bruce Pittman is the Director of Commercial Space Development at OffWorld Inc. and is currently working as a contractor in the Space Portal Office at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he works as the Chief System Engineer. Bruce is a co-founder and Chief Space Officer for the not for profit Future Frontiers Institute. He is also the Senior Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of another non profit, the National Space Society.

** IN-SPACe & Space Reforms in India – Pragati Podcast

Space law expert Ranjana Kaul and space entrepreneur Narayan Prasad discuss space reforms and the recent Indian IN-SPACe announcement with host Pavan Srinath on Episode 144 of The Pragati Podcast.

** The Space Show – Sun. July.12.2020Dr. Alan Stern talked about “Pluto, New Horizons, Kuiper Belt and more”.

[ Update: ** The Space Show – Fri. July 10, 2020Dr. James A. Vedda and Dr. George Pollock talked about their paper, Cislunar Stewardship: Planning For Sustainability And International Cooperation , and there  was “a wide ranging cislunar related discussion including multiple additional topics”.

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** Hotel Mars/John Batchelor Show – Wed. July.8.2020John Batchelor and David Livingston spoke with Anatoly Zak about “the Russian R&D program to develop heavy lift booster return, the Russian flyback booster concept that was panned, just where a booster might land upon returning, problems with the close proximity of China and more“.

** The Space Show – Tues. July.7.2020Robert Zimmerman talked about various space news items and policy developments.

** July 10, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** July 8, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

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Space policy roundup – July.6.2020

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:

** The Space Show – Tues. July.1.2020Rod Pyle and Dr. Anthony Paustian talked about the upcoming NSS A Day In Space and ISDC 2021.

** UK Government Rescues Oneweb From BankruptcyScott Manley

After declaring bankruptcy earlier this year satellite network Oneweb has been rescued with a surprise, Billion dollar investment by the UK government and Bharti Global. More curiously, there are suggestions that the people behind the deal might be justifying the investment based on Oneweb being able to provide geolocation technology to replace Britain’s lost secure access to Galileo.

** E21 – Cislunar Stewardship: Planning for Sustainability and Cooperation (with Jim Vedda and George Pollock)  –  Aerospace CSPS 

** E22 – The Future of Commercial Space Flight (with Jamie Morin and Charlie Bolden) –  Aerospace CSPS 

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