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Space policy roundup – Jan.18.2021

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 Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 15 (4th – 10th Jan. 2021)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) CASC announces plans for 40 launches in 2021 …
2) CMA announces a tender for a low-cost cargo spacecraft: a Chinese COTS/CRS program? …
3) China confirms the feasibility of space-ground quantum key distribution, in publication published in Nature …

(See also the summary: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 4 Jan – 10 Jan 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global)

[ Update: **  China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 16 (11th – 17th Jan. 2021)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) iSpace Announces Plans for an IPO on the Star Board…
2) Several updates on CASC making progress on propulsion technology…
3) US adds 9 Chinese companies to a blacklist, including COMAC and Air China Group…

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** Where in Space Are We Going in 2021?SETI Institute

Despite everything that happened last year, we still got to do science, and missions still got to launch. We sampled asteroids and the Moon. We cruised around the surface of Mars. We flew by Venus on the way to Mercury. And we launched three more missions to the Red Planet, all of which arrive this year. What else can we look forward to in 2021? Join Franck Marchis and Beth Johnson for a look back at last year’s science and this year’s upcoming missions.

** U.S. Space Command, Innovation and Defending Space AssetsConstellations Podcast

Listen to Brigadier General Leonard, principal advisor to the USSPACECOM Commander and Deputy Commander discuss U.S. Space Command and the importance of innovation in a warfighting environment. Space is a booming business, not only for the American people but booming for the U.S. adversaries. To stay ahead, the U.S. military needs to be innovative in how they think, the technology they use and how they are organized. Brigadier General Leonard talked about innovation being the new competitive advantage and that they must equip and enable their people with an environment where they feel their ideas are valued. Enemies understand that innovation and technology and space capabilities are central to fighting in space and across the joint force, so his team must accelerate their capabilities in those areas. USSPACECOM is not interested in small evolutionary technology, but something that’s really going to be a game changer.

** Episode 48: CubeSat Industry DayAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Bleddyn Bowen – What Will War In Space Really Look Like? – Cold Star Project S02E75Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Bleddyn Bowen, PhD, is the author of War In Space: Strategy Space Power, Geopolitics. He has a different point of view on space warfare than the typical one we see from fanboys and mechanistic white papers. On this episode of the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Bleddyn:

– How do you operationally define space power? What are the “levers and dials”? What does “winning” mean in this environment?
– What is ‘space warfare’? Why do you believe Clausewitz remains relevant today and in the space domain?
– How does geopolitics apply to space? Are there equalizing forces?
– What international issues should we be paying attention to that could impact space warfare?
– When it comes to the actualities of space warfare, what are the critical elements?
– What is the significance of the new US Space Force?
– Why did you write and publish a book on the topic (War In Space: Strategy, Space Power, Geopolitics)?

Who are you intending to impact, and why? Astropolitics Research Portal: https://astropoliticsblog.wordpress.com/

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Jan.12.2021Rod Pyle and Aggie Kobrin talked about the “Feb. 4th NSS Space Settlement 2021 virtual program, ISDC plans, private and government space programs, plus much more”.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Jan.17.2021 – Open Lines program hosted by David Livingston included discussions of space in 2021.

** January 13, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** January 15, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** Space Café WebTalk – Martin Coleman – 15. December 2020 spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Martin Coleman, Member of the Advisory Board at Satcoms Innovation Group, United Kingdom talked about 2020 vision on Space Debris.

Martin Colman talked about the importance of data sharing in the Space Situational Awareness context. He addressed the Space Debris issue from the data site and will share his vision on the current situation in space 2020.

Martin Colman also answered relevant questions from the audience.

This Space Cafè WebTalk, held on 15 Dezember 2020, was hosted by Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global.

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Space policy roundup – Jan.11.2021

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:

** ESA preview 2021European Space Agency, ESA

As the world leaves behind the strange and challenging year of 2020, we look towards 2021 with a mixture of relief and expectation. And this is the same at ESA, where we look forward to a brighter and very exciting 2021. This year will see Vega-C making its maiden flight, two ESA astronauts start long-duration missions on board the International Space Station, and BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter continuing their voyages around the Solar System. Also this year, we will say farewell to our current Director General Jan Wörner as his tenure ends, while welcoming into office his successor, Josef Aschbacher.

** The Space Show – Jan.5.2021Trent Tresch and Kai Staats talked “about their new Moon and Mars simulation project to take place on the campus of what was Biosphere 2“.

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space ShowDr. Jeffrey Foust of Space News talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingstonabout space in the Biden Admin, the ISS, and more“.

**  Casey Dreier: Are Changes Coming to NASA/US Space Policy – Weekly Space Hangout: December 9, 2020

We are pleased to once again welcome Casey Dreier from the Planetary Society to the WSH. Casey will update us (as much as possible) about Space Policy changes that may occur once the new American Presidential administration takes office on January 20, 2021. As Chief Advocate, Casey is the public face of The Planetary Society’s efforts to advance planetary exploration, planetary defense, and the search for life. He educates and empowers the organization’s members to take political action. He writes, teaches, and speaks to The Society’s members, the public, and policymakers to impress upon them the importance, relevancy, and excitement of space exploration….

** >Episode 47: Congress and the Near Future of SpaceAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** NASA in 2021: What’s on the space agency’s agenda? VideoFromSpace/Space.com

NASA has high aspirations for 2021. See what they are up to in this highlight reel.

** January 7, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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A view of Jupiter from the Juno probe during its Perijove 26. Image processing highly enhanced the vertical relief. Credits: Kevin M. Gill

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Space policy roundup – Jan.4.2021

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 28 – What’s Hot 4th Quarter 2020 Michael Listner/Space Law & Policy SolutionsSpace Thoughts – YouTube

** The Space Show – Jan.3.2020Dr. Robert (Sam) Wilson of the The Aerospace Corporation talked about “his paper [Leveraging Commercial Space for National Security (pdf)] on commercial space applications for national security and DOD space”.

** The Space Show – Dec.29.2020 Thomas A. Olson returned for his annual end-of-the-year show to review commercial space for 2020 and [look] ahead to 2021.

** China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 14 (28th Dec. 2020 – 3rd Jan. 2021)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Topics discussed included:

1) Deep Blue Aerospace Completed Wet Dress Rehearsal & gives Hints on its 2021 Calendar
2) OTT Airlines Maiden Flight

3) China and Italy Celebrate 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations
4) Not China-Related, but significant

** Best Space Moments of 2020!!! – Everyday Astronaut

** Big Tech, Spectrum Utilization and Space Force’s 1st AnniversaryConstellations Podcast

For the last episode of 2020, we sit down with Jeff Rowlison to go over major events of 2020 including the impact of COVID on the space industry, the success of SpaceX, big tech entering our industry, and C-band relocation. Jeff also takes a look back at Space Force and its vision for enterprise satellite communications and how the Guardians will operate within the SATCOM environment. He briefly goes over what it has accomplished since its establishment a year ago. Finally we ask Jeff to get his crystal ball out and share his predictions for 2021: what technology will arise and is there a particular company or individual we should keep our eyes on?

** Space Café WebTalk – SUMMIT with Markus Payer – 10. December 2020spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s first Space Café Summit “Anarchy in Space?”, Prof. Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Ntorina Antoni discussed a variety of topics on space security and space safety.

** Space Café WebTalk – Stephan Hobe – 8. December 2020spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Prof. Stephan Hobe, Director at Institute of Air Law, Space Law and Cyber Law, University Cologne, Cologne, Germany talked about the future design of the legal order for human activities in outer space.

Prof. Hobe discussed some questions of the future design of the legal order for human activities in outer space.

This included economic space activities like the use of outer space through satellites, coordination via Space Traffic Management, and the use of resources from celestial bodies. Also future forms of the military use of outer space are discussed.

There will be a crucial focus on the question how the legal order for the commercial uses of outer space pays tribute to the main requirement of the Outer Space Treaty to allow a general participation of all countries in the use of outer space and its benefits.

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Space policy roundup – Dec.28.2020

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:

** China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 13 (21st -27th Dec. 2020)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) Long March 8 Launch (follow-up) …
2) News announcements regarding the calendar of the Chinese Space Station …
3) China Space News article on Moon resources …
4) China Satcom further verticalizing & pivoting to mobile broadband: Interview of Sun Jing (GM of China Satcom) …
5) Completion of the static tests of the Chinese MA700 regional jet …

** Space Café WebTalk – Claudia Kessler – 1. December 2020 spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Claudia Kessler, Initiator, Founder, driving force of “Die Astronautin”, Bremen, Germany, talked inspiration and empowerment of woman for space.

Imagine: February, 2022: A space crew with only women astronauts docks to the Unity Node after having flown aboard a Space X Falcon 9 in the Crew Dragon Spacecraft, orbiting ever closer to rendezvous with their astronaut colleagues of the International Space Station.

It is a historic first. 4 Women 2 Space 4 Earth — Bringing with them the combined dreams, experience, insights, expertise and vision of millions of girls and women to access space, to take their place in the universe. Four Women to Space for Earth – one trip to Space, one voyage to the Universe to work together to obtain a safe, healthy mother-ship Earth.

The resulting inspiration, education, dissemination and implementation of the skills and knowledge, be it science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM); be it contextual, conceptual, cognitive thinking; be it experimental, experiential, exponential exploration will lead to a more equitable, sustainable, peaceful universe without gender, race, geographical or digital divide.

How are we going there? These was addressed by Claudia.

** Space Café WebTalk – MORIBA´S VOXPOPULI #2 – 03.December 2020spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this session of Space Cafè “Moriba’s Vox Populi #02/2020” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about topics of relevance to space safety, security, and sustainability with

Charity Weeden, Vice President, Global Space Policy, Astroscale U.S. Inc
Jenni Tapio, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment Finland
Dr. Regina Peldszus, Senior Policy Officer (Space Security, Space Surveillance) seconded to Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
Prof. Thomas Schildknecht, Head of Astronomy Faculty at University of Bern.
Moriba’s Vox Populi is a disruptor in the current growing ocean of webcasts!

** Aerojet Rocketdyne – Historic Rocket Engine Maker Sold for $4.4 Billion – Scott Manley

Through the history of the US space program there have been 2 corporations which made most of the rocket engines for the boosters – Aerojet and Rocketdyne. Up until 10 years ago it was hard to find a space mission they hadn’t provided hardware for. Nowadays it’s hard to find a rocket booster which uses their engines. Aerojet-Rocketdyne was created in 2013 out of a merger of these and over the weekend it was announced that Lockheed Martin is buying this historic company. So I figured it’d be worth talking about these organizations and how important they’ve been to the space program in the past, and how they may be losing out in the booster market but still keep providing space hardware for other niches.

History of Aerojet Rocketdyne from their own site: https://www.rocket.com/who-we-are/his… Here’s a list of US rocket engines with their manufacturers: http://www.b14643.de/Spacerockets/Spe…

** The Space Show – Dec.23.2020Dr. Ajay Kothari discussed “his lunar return plans, China, space importance and more“.

**The Space Show – Dec.27.2020 – In this Open Lines program, David Livingston discussed “multiple topics with multiple callers. We talked space solar power, Starship and Boca Chica, callers made lots of predictions for 20201, we covered our efforts to go to the Moon and much more.“.

** December 22, 2020 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 – Dec.21.2020

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:

** China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 12 (14th -20th Dec. 2020)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Topics discussed include:

1) Long March 8 Launch on Sunday 20/12
2) Chang’e-5 Return to Earth
3) New JV between China Eastern, Juneyao Group, and China Telecom
4) Baidu is Considering Making its own Electric Vehicle

** David Buehler – How Is CHPS [Cislunar Highway Patrol System] Going To Benefit Space Force?Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Captain David Buehler of the Air Force Research Lab’s Space Vehicles Directorate is on the Cold Star Project to talk about the CHPS program. The CHPS program will monitor cislunar space, extending to 272,000 and beyond: a 10X reach in range and 1000X increase in volume. With host Jason Kanigan, Capt. Buehler discusses:
– Why is cislunar space of interest to the AFRL?
– What is CHPS?
– Why has the AFRL chosen to develop CHPS?
– What are some of the technical challenges with Space Domain Awareness in cislunar space?
– Why don’t TLEs work in cislunar space?
– What are some long term benefits to the Space Force for develping CHPS?

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Dec.15.2020Robert Zimmerman responded to “Many callers” and discussed “multiple topics, a few 2021 predictions”.

** The Space Show – Friday, Dec.18.2020Dr. James A. Vedda and Karen Jones discussed their paper on space based solar power,  Space-Based Solar Power: A Near-Term Investment Decision (pdf), for the Center For Space Policy and Strategy at The Aerospace Corp.

** E45 – NASA’s Artemis Roadshow (with Jim Vedda and Mike Gold)Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Why Do We Need “A Robotic Space Station for the 2020s”? – Gordon RoeslerCold Star Technologies – YouTube

Past DARPA program manager and Robots In Space founder Dr. Gordon Roesler is on the Make Space Boring News show to share some details about his new paper, A Robotic Space Station for the 2020s. Why do we need this space infrastructure, and why now? Dr. Roesler’s paper: https://coldstartech.com/rssroesler

** Space Café WebTalk – Prof. Steven Freeland – 24. November 2020spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Prof. Steven Freeland, Professor of International Law, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia talked about the Multifaceted Nature of Space and the Role / Rule of Law. Prof. Steven Freeland talked about:

Australia’s initiatives on the commercial space side,
National law – what are the important issues to consider for each country and why?,
International law – how the initiatives of one or several countries can be an input to broader discussions and why we need broad ‘buy in’ on the really big issues,
Civil Society – how industry, academia and broader civil society have important voices on space in many ways?
Prof. Freeland also answered relevant questions from the audience.

This Space Cafè WebTalk, held on 24 November 2020, was hosted by Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global.

** Flocks of Satellites, Virtualized Constellations and the Tenet of Interoperability Constellations Podcast

Listen to Jeff Guido talk about Planet, a company founded by three NASA scientists in a garage. Learn about a “flock” of small satellites imaging the entire Earth’s land mass every day, delivery data images almost instantaneously over the Internet. How is that possible? Jeff discusses vertically integrating a cloud-based imaging platform and the digital transformation of the industry. They are both key to getting remote sensing data immediately out to the market, helping everyone from small farmers to governments optimize their resources. Jeff talks about managing large numbers of satellites by getting them to work in concert through automation and interoperability. Learn about the difference between CMOS and push broom cameras and how the imagery obtained from those cameras can be analyzed to detect change. Finally, what is a virtual constellation and why is it important?

** December 15, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** December 18, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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Saturn as seen by Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera
Saturn as seen by Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera.

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