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Space policy roundup – June.14.2021

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 to Develop “Falcon 9”-like Rocket, New Images of Mars from China’s Zhurong Rover – Ep 37Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, the news update from the week of 7 – 13 June:

1) iSpace unveils details on the Hyperbola-3, which is officially validated and moved to the R&D phase
2) Emergence Dongfang Space (“Ospace”), yet another launch company
3) Additional Pictures from Tianwen-1 (orbiter shot of the lander)
4) Shenzhen Publishes Support for Satellite Manufacturing & Long March 2D Launch
5) CAS Xi’an to Launch Xiamen-1 Satellite
6) China Announces a MEO Broadband Constellation

Do remember to check out also our weekly newsletter which does a broader coverage, going over pieces of news that we don’t have time to discuss in the weekly podcast (https://www.dongfanghour.com/).

See also the summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 7 June – 13 June 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** E63: Keeping the Space Workforce StrongAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** The Space Show – Sunday, June.13.2021 – Open lines program covered a wide range of space news topics and policy issues.

** The Space Show – Friday, June.11.2021Dr. Akhil Rao discussed “economically controlling orbits to maximize economic potential and assure economic and industry growth“. See the show page for links to papers by Rao et al.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, June.8.2021Dr. Martin Ross talked about “the effects of climate change on the space industry, how rockets and reentry vehicles or debris impact the middle atmosphere creating dangerous “dust” plus we took a look at the current research and talked about possible mitigation strategies.”

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wednesday, June.3.2021Anatoly Zak of the RussianSpaceWeb spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about Russia’s plans to go to the Moon.

** Space Logistics – Conversations for the Future –  Foundation For The Future

From the truck, to the rocket, to orbit, and beyond, we’ll tackle how we move things to space and how they get around there. What are different types of propulsion for long- and short-haul transport? How do we refuel? Is traffic getting bad up there? How do space-bound items even get to the launch pad? And no conversation about space logistics would be complete without the glory and passion of launch. Join us for two days of discussion with expert guests. ​

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE: Pre-Launch Logistics Launch Propulsion and Transport Space Traffic Management

** International Destination Station 2021ISS National Lab

International Destination Station went virtual in 2021! This exciting event showcases the International Space Station as a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the art orbiting laboratory allowing groundbreaking research not possible on Earth. This year’s event featured experts from NASA and the ISS National Lab detailing how the ISS is enabling space research and development

** June 9, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** June 11, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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Space policy roundup – June.7.2021

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 39 Viasat Motion to StaySpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

Review and commentary on Viasat’s Motion to Stay pending appeal in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and what I consider the first litigation involving space law.

** Episode 38: Update on the Artemis AccordsSpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

This episode of Space Thoughts updates viewers on two new signatories to the Artemis Accords.

** Launch of the Fengyun 4B Weather Satellite, Launch Companies Tianbing & CAS Space Move Ahead – Ep 36Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Below are the news updates from the week of 31 May – 6 June:

1) Launch of Fengyun-4B Meteorology Satellite
2) Space Pioneer completes a full system hot test of Tianhuo-11 engine
3) CAS Space Begins R&D on the ZK-2 Medium Lift Solid-Fueled Launch Vehicle
4) More details unveiled on the Tianzhou-2 spacecraft’s cargo

** The Space Show – Sunday, June.7.2021Wayne White discussed “his final copy of The Space Pioneer Act. You can download it through the link on the blog. If you are interested in space law and policy to enable commercial space, you need to hear this program and review The Space Pioneer Act.”

** The Space Show – Friday, June.5.2021Temidayo Oniosun discussed “space in Africa and The African Space Program“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, June.1.2021Dr. Martin Elvis discussed “his new book, Asteroids: How Love, Fear, and Greed Will Determine Our Future in Space [Amazon commission link].

** Federal Space Policy & Public Funding with U.S. Congressman Dr. Brian BabinLimitless Space Institute

** E62: Space Priorities & the US HouseAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – REGIONAL Brazil 02 – 16. March 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Café Brazil, Aila Raquel, CEO of Alya Nanosatellites Constellation E.O., Brazil, talked about her experience in starting a space start-up in Brazil.

Aila Raquel is the CEO of Alya Nanosatellites who is committed to a global challenge for sustainable development. Incorporating Agenda2030 at Alya’s goals, She is taking bold and transformative measures to promote sustainable development in the next 09 years, promoting impacts on at least 15 of the 17 sustainable development goals.

Driven by the integration of economic growth, social justice, and environmental sustainability, Aila is developing a space company that will strengthen Brazil’s economy, providing satellite data, in-orbit sensor calibration, and ground station services to deliver solutions for various sectors and help with environmental protection.

Aila has directed her efforts to involve the participation of different nations, who have common goals and who can act in the spirit of a global partnership to improve people’s lives, now and in the future.

** Reducing Space Threats: A Resolution, Volume 2Space Court Foundation – YouTube

In response to UN Resolution 75/36, UN Member States and other key stakeholders were invited to submit their views on threats to space sustainability, what could be norms of behaviour, and how the multilateral community should move forward. Join the Space Court Foundation for a special discussion with Ambassador Aidan Liddle, one of the key figures behind this initiative, to discuss the UK submission and what might be the next steps.

Keynote speaker:

Ambassador Aidan Liddle, UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
Moderators:

Daniel Porras, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications, Secure World Foundation
Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation (Washington D.C., United States)
Panelists:

Eric Desautels, Director of Office of Emerging Security Challenges (AVC/ESC), US State Department
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST), Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi, India)
Almudena Azcárate Ortega, Space and Missile Researcher, UNIDIR

** June 4, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** June 2, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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Space policy roundup – May.31.2021

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 37 Viasat, FCC, NEPA and StarlinkSpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy SolutionsMichael Listner

Link to the story in Space News: https://spacenews.com/viasat-asks-fcc…

** China Launches Tianzhou-2 Cargo Spacecraft to Space Station, Zhurong Rover’s Deployment Prep – Ep 35  – Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, the news update from the week of 24 – 30 May:

1) Launch of Tianzhou-2 Cargo Mission
2) China’s Efforts to ensure a successful deployment of Zhurong on the Martian ground
3) Euroconsult Webinar Takeaways

Do remember to check out also our weekly newsletter which does a broader coverage, going over pieces of news that we don’t have time to discuss in the weekly podcast (https://www.dongfanghour.com/).

See also the program summary: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 24 May – 30 May 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

**E61: New START Treaty Extension – What’s Next?Aerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – Moriba’s Vox Populi – 8. April 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this session of Space Cafè “Moriba’s Vox Populi #04” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about security concerns in near-earth space (mostly) and ideas on how we can develop operational protocols and practices to minimize misinterpretations that could lead to undesirable escalatory behaviours with

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, seconded from the European Space Agency to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy,
Dr. Laura Grego, Senior Scientist in the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists,
Artem Mokhnatkin, Junior Research Fellow for the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Dr Jinyuan Su, Institute of International Law, Wuhan University, China
Moriba’s Vox Populi is a disruptor in the current growing ocean of webcasts!

** Space Café WebTalk – Alexandre Vallet – 16. April 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café episode, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening brought his focus back to Switzerland, interviewing Alexandre Vallet, who is the Chief of the Space Services Department, which is part of the Radio Communications Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Based in Geneva, the ITU is one of the United Nations’ specialised agencies, facilitating the exchange of information and strengthening communications networks between countries. Their aim is to bring modern communication technologies to all people, everywhere in an efficient, safe, easy and affordable manner.

In his role at the UN and as a trained radio-frequency engineer with a career spanning two decades, Alexandre’s motto is that outer space knows no borders. His team works to ensure that satellite operators can use radio frequencies to deliver their services, providing emergency telecommunications in times of emergency and crisis, as well as advising countries and companies on regulation and policy.

** Space Café WebTalk – SUMMIT 02 – 15. April 2021 spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

Can regulation match innovation in a space race? 3 experts discuss

The space race never ended. In fact, it just got a whole lot faster

Space engineering has always been a fundamentally future thinking activity, but in recent years mass investment in the industry coupled with technological development has been like a shot in the arm. The stakes couldn’t be higher and, as a result, discussions around the industry’s future success, safety and viability are now more important than ever.

Underscoring all of these discussions is regulation, and the question of whether it can keep up.

During this week’s Space Cafe Summit, Occupy Space: Where are we going?, Markus Payer , SpaceWatch.Globals Editor-in-Chief had the chance to discuss the future of space with three space experts who are each leader in their field, Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund, Dr. Peter Martinez and Kenneth Hodgkins.

Watch it here to learn about regulation, safety, traffic management, settlements on Moon and Mars sectors, possible space wars, and both the optimism and scepticism that are defining the future of space.

** Lockheed Martin, General Motors Team Up to Develop Next-Generation Lunar Rover for NASA Artemis Astronauts to Explore the Moon – GM

A new generation of lunar rovers under development by Lockheed Martin and GM could be used by Artemis astronauts to extend and enhance the exploration of the surface of the moon.

** Hotel Mars at The John Bachelor Show/The Space Show – Wed.May.26.2021Marcia S. Smith spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the upcoming Russian ISS tourist flights plus two upcoming Crew Dragon flights, one to the ISS and one which will be a private flight to orbit Earth for three days“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, May.26.2021Lisa La Bonte discussed “space in the Middle East, the Emirates, UAE, STEM programs and her NGO, plus lots more. This was a very informative program which included the Hope Mission now orbiting Mars and sending pictures back home.

** May 26, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** SpaceX CRS-22: Research OverviewISS National Lab

On SpaceX CRS-22, more than a dozen payloads sponsored by the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory will launch to the orbiting laboratory. Payloads on this mission include fundamental and applied research from recognizable private-sector companies and leading academic institutions as well as research funded by other government organizations. To learn about all ISS National Lab-sponsored research on SpaceX CRS-22, please visit our mission overview page at www.issnationallab.org/launches/spacex-crs-22/

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Space policy roundup – May.24.2021

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:

** NASA chief cites China’s Mars landing & moon plans in budget hearingVideoFromSpace

NASA’s new administrator Bill Nelson cites the advancements that China is making with a Mars landing and potential landings on the moon’s south pole in a House Appropriations Committee hearing for the space agency’s 2022 budget. See photos from China’s Mars rover: https://www.space.com/china-mars-rove…

** Zhurong Sends Back 1st Images of Mars, Tianhe Module Tests, SASTIND Smallsat Regulations – Ep 34Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, please find below the news update from the week of 17 – 23 May:

1) Another Fruitful Week for China’s Space Exploration Program
2) Completion of first batch of tests for the Tianhe Module
3) SASTIND Publishes New Regulations on Smallsat Manufacturing
4) Opinion Piece by Galaxy Space’s Xu Ming on China SatNet

Do remember to check out also our weekly newsletter which does a broader coverage, going over pieces of news that we don’t have time to discuss in the weekly podcast (https://www.dongfanghour.com/).

See also Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 17 May – 23 May 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global

** Moonlight: bringing connectivity to the Moon – ESA

As international teams across the world forge plans to revisit the Moon, ESA is elaborating how best to facilitate this exploration. As part of its Moonlight initiative, the agency is encouraging European space companies to put a constellation of telecommunications and navigation satellites around the Moon. To succeed, the proposed lunar missions will require reliable navigation and telecommunication capabilities. Building these independently would be costly, complex and inefficient. If this work were outsourced to a consortium of space companies, each individual mission would become more cost-efficient. Having one system dedicated to lunar telecommunications and navigation could reduce design complexity, liberating missions to concentrate on their core activities. Because missions could rely on this dedicated telecommunications and navigation service, they would be lighter. This would make space for more scientific instruments or other cargo.

** The Space Show – Friday, May.21.2021Dr. Namrata Goswami discussed “space policy, Artemis, the Biden Space Policy, China and space plus more“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, May.19.2021Chris Carberry of Explore Mars Inc. talked about their upcoming Mars Innovation Forum (May 25-27, 2021, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT Daily) and about the Space Drink Association.

** E60: Challenges of the US Space Industrial Base – Aerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** 102 – Industrial IoT, Cubesat Constellations, and Getting VSATs to Work With LEOConstellations Podcast

** Space Café WebTalk – Aarti Holla-Maini – 30. March 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Café Webtalk “33 minutes with…”, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening, had the chance to speak with Aarti Holla-Maini, who, since 2004, has been the Secretary-General of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA). ESOA is a CEO-driven satellite association, with 22 satellite operators from across multiple orbits as members.

Aarti is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on space technology, the Global 5G Coalition Network, and the Essential Digital Infrastructure & Services Network.

Starting her career at Airbus, Aarti has over 22 years’ experience in the aerospace industry. This week, she shared her insights into how an improved understanding of satellite communications by society and government can create a better, more inclusive, and secure global society.

** May 21, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** May 19, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** Launching: The Space Bar Show – A RetrospectiveSpace Court Foundation – YouTube

Signal Detected: (0:12) Intro: (0:54) Two space lawyers walk into a space bar: (1:03) Fletcher’s Used Satellite Emporium Commercial: (5:18) JG Relay Commercial: (6:20) In walks Scorpio…(“Space Junk Killed That Dude!”): (7:14) Power of Lox, by Dave and the Daves: (12:00) Don’t Land So Close To Me, by Dave and the Daves: (15:57) The History of Space Law (intro): (18:42) The Long Lost von Braun Zoom Call: (19:12) Interview with Jim Dunstan: (24:22) Safety Zone, by Dave and the Daves: (29:52) Last Yuri’s Night, by Dave and the Daves: (32:38) Happy Birthday von Karman!: (36:22) Stellar Decisis Trailer: (37:24) We should leave…: (39:17) Credits: (39:48)

** Welcome to Destination Station!ISS National Lab

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Space policy roundup – May.17.2021

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:

** China’s Zhurong Rover Lands on Mars, Galactic Energy Goes International, iSpace’s Tank Test – Ep 33Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, the news update from the week of 10 – 16 May:

1) Chinese Tianwen-1 Mars Missions attempts Atmospheric Entry and Landing of the Zhurong Rover
2) Chinese Launch Company Galactic Energy signs Collaboration Agreement with China Huateng Group to Develop International Launch Opportunities
3) iSpace Completes a Test of its Single-Layer Common Bulkhead Fuel Tank
4) CGWIC to open an office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to promote BeiDou Adoption

See also the program summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 10 May – 16 May 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** Douglas Loverro – Can We Solve Geopolitical Problems In Space? – Cold Star Project S02E79Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Past Past Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations at NASA and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Douglas Loverro is on the Cold Star Project. We’re discussing geopolitics, national security, and the space industry.

** E59: Digital Engineering & US Air ForceAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk YOUNG GLOBAL TALENTS – Prof. Michelle Hanlon – 25. March 2021 – spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

This Space Café Young Global Talents featured Prof Michelle Hanlon, Space Lawyer, Co-founder For All Moonkind, Co-Director Air and Space Law at UMiss, USA, in conversation with Markus Payer, Editor-in-Chief of SpaceWatch.Global and Frederik Wissner, representative of ELSA Frankfurt am Main, Germany. ELSA is the renowned European Law Students Association.

“Law in Space – What for?” – is the theme of our first session. Very basic. Very relevant for SpaceWatchers and those who want to become it.

** Competing for Space Superiority? | SCFVideo9Space Court Foundation – YouTube

Outer space is often described as the “ultimate high-ground”, as the prize at the end of a cosmic race. The winner will be granted the limitless advantages provided by “space-superiority”. Is that really true? Is that the way everyone sees political dynamics playing out in space? Is that the way it needs to be? Join us for an in-depth discussion, led by Dr Bleddyn Bowen, on the realities behind the rhetoric of arms racing, rivalries and other types of hype in space.

Moderator: Dr Bleddyn Bowen, University of Leicester

Panellists:

• Associate Professor Alice Gorman, Flinders University
• Dr Cameron Hunter, University of Leicester
• Lauren Napier, PhD Researcher, University of Northumbria
• Professor Chris Newman, University of Northumbria
• Anuradha Damale, Assistant Researcher, VERTIC

** T+189: Stephen Forbes, DARPA Blackjack Program Manager – Main Engine Cut Off

Stephen Forbes, the Program Manager for DARPA’s Blackjack project, joins me to talk about DARPA and its interaction with the rest of the Department of Defense, how they approach space initiatives, where Blackjack came from, where it’s going, what they hope to accomplish with it, and how it fits into the near-future of the industry.

** T+188: Starship SN15, and the HLS Protests – Main Engine Cut Off

SpaceX successfully flew and landed Starship SN15 last week, amid protests of their NASA HLS award by Blue Origin and Dynetics.

** Britain’s First Astronaut | Podcasts | Naked Scientists

In a podcast exclusive Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, joins the Space Boffins 30 years after her 1991 Juno mission. She talks about the extraordinary selection process, training in the Soviet Union and the way she was treated on her return. Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson are also joined by author of the Martian, Andy Weir, to chat about his latest book and why we should all be more optimistic about the future. Plus the sounds of Mars with Jason Achilles Mezilis, the musician behind the Mars microphone… and commemorating the death of Apollo 11 legend Mike Collins. It’s another epic podcast… how do we do it?

** The Space Show – Sunday, May.16.2021 – Open Lines program covered “a wide range of topics including the latest Tic Tac video, gravity issues, pipeline hacking, electric cars, space mining and more”.

** The Space Show – Friday, May.14.2021John Jossy discussed various “hot” topics in the NewSpace and related worlds.

** The Space Show – Thursday, May.13.2021Frank White talked about “in detail the Fourth edition of his classic book, The Overview Effect [Amazon commission link]. New interviews, new information, a great discussion.

** Hotel Mars (John Batchelor Show/The Space Show)Dr. Jonathan McDowell spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the Chinese Long March 5B rocket design and the uncontrolled reentry which took place near the Maldives Islands“.

** The Space Show – Thursday, April.29.2021Rod Pyle and Aggie Kobrin or the National Space Society (NSS) discussed Ad Astra magazine’s Living In Space Special Issue which focuses on space settlement. The second part of our discussion addressed the all-virtual, free ISDC 2021 event scheduled for June 24-27, 2021

** Special advisor Ronald van der Breggen on LEO-satellites and KebNis piece of the satellite market  – Opinion: Counting backwards in LEO – SpaceWatch.Global

00:10 Who is Ronald van der Breggen
02:33 GEO vs. LEO Satellites
04:30 Practical applications for LEO Satellites
09:38 Which geographical region is the leader in the industry
11:11 Kebni’s piece of the satellite market

** May 14, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** May 12, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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