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Space policy roundup – Oct.19.2020

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):

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** Episode 25 Update on The Artemis AccordsSpace Thoughts/Michael Listner, Space Law & Policy Solutions

The full text of the Artemis Accords can be accessed here:

** Webinar Replay | Space Traffic Management: Why Commerce, Why Now, What’s Next – SpaceNews

In August, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) published a report requested by Congress that affirmed the decision in Space Policy Directive 3 to give space traffic management responsibilities to the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce. Former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, who served on the NAPA panel that produced the report, and Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell talk with SpaceNews about the report’s conclusions and what’s next in the effort to improve civil space traffic management.


    • Kevin O’Connell Office of Space Commerce director, U.S. Commerce Department
    • Sean O’Keefe Former NASA administrator and university professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizen and Public Affairs
    • MODERATOR Jeff Foust SpaceNews senior staff writer

** NASA and International Partners Sign Artemis Accords – NASA

On October 13, 2020, NASA and international partners from Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom signed the Artemis Accords agreements for international participation in the agency’s Artemis program, during a virtual meeting of the International Astronautical Congress. While NASA is leading the Artemis program, international partnerships will play a key role in achieving a sustainable and robust presence on the Moon while preparing to conduct a historic human mission to Mars. International cooperation on Artemis will bolster space exploration and enhance peaceful relationships between nations. The Artemis Accords will also reinforce the principles of the Outer Space Treaty.

More: [NASA, International Partners Advance Cooperation with Artemis Accords | NASA]

** The Space Show – Tuesday Oct.13.2020Gary Oleson discussed his Space News Op-Ed, A critical mission for human spaceflight: a quest for value, published on August 18, 2020.

** Wednesday Oct. 14.2020 – Hotel Mars – Joint John Batchelor Show/The Space Show productionJohn Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston spoke with CBS News space reporter William Harwood about “the leak on the ISS that has yet to be repaired plus the last Soyuz flight to the ISS carrying an American Astronaut and the record breaking time it took to get to the ISS which was about 3 hours 4 minutes“.

** Friday Oct.16, 2020 – The Space ShowDr. Deana Weibel talked about her article, The Overview Effect and the Ultraview Effect: How Extreme Experiences in/of Outer Space Influence Religious Beliefs in Astronauts, and related topics.

** Debating the Weaponization of Space (with Mick Gleason and Robin Dickey)Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** #SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 12-18 Oct 2020 – SpaceWatch.Global

** Engaging the Artemis Generation: A Virtual Q&A with Astronaut Michael Barratt plus Congresswoman Herrera Beutler and Administrator Jim Bridenstine – NASA

** NS-13 Full Interview With NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineBlue Origin

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine joined the New Shepard NS-13 webcast to talk about a key experiment on board, the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing Sensor Demonstration with NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate under a Tipping Point partnership.

** NASA Space Communications and Navigation Program’s Move to Commercial Communications Services – NASA

To support the early space program, then our continuous human presence in low Earth orbit (LEO), NASA had, literally, to build all communications infrastructure from the ground up. Now we’re looking to transition our missions to commercial services by 2030.

** 2020 Mars Society Virtual Convention – Day 4 Morning PlenariesMars Society

Our four-day event is free, and brings together prominent scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs and space advocates to discuss the significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic-social developments that could affect plans for the human exploration and settlement of Mars. As always, the convention will involve a wide variety of timely plenary talks, panel discussions and public debates concerning key issues bearing on human Mars exploration.

** October 13, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** October 16, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


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Space policy roundup – Oct.12.2020

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


** Discussing Chinese Satcom Constellations with Lan TianyiDongfang Hour – Chinese aerospace and technology

LAN Tianyi is the CEO of Ultimate Blue Nebula and SpaceKey, two Beijing-based firms focusing on satellite/space industry consulting & research. Having spent several years working inside China’s state-owned space apparatus (largely at CAST and its subsidiaries), Tianyi branched off on his own in 2014, and has since been consulting with many of China’s most successful and dynamic commercial space companies. Today, in addition to his two companies, Tianyi is actively involved in the China Satellite Conference, an annual event in Beijing, as well as Satellite World, a Chinese satellite news publication. On today’s episode, we discuss communications constellations. This year has seen a significant acceleration in the rollout of western low Earth orbit (LEO) communications constellations, with the most obvious example being Starlink. Less publicly, Chinese constellation projects have made steady progress throughout the year, and while we are unlikely to see any Chinese constellation with hundreds of satellites in orbit by year-end, there is much to discuss about these projects.

** Jessy Kate Schingler: Civilization on the Moon — and what it means for life on Earth | TED Talk

We could realistically see people starting to live and work on the Moon in the next decade — and how we do it matters, says space policy researcher Jessy Kate Schingler. In this fascinating talk, she discusses the critical issues that arise when we consider civilization in outer space — such as governance, property rights and resource management — and shows how the Moon can be a template for solving our biggest challenges here on Earth.


** E36 – Sanctuary to Contested Domain – National Security Space Policy (with Robin Dickey, Gen Lance Lord, and Robert Bell)Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Moriba Jah – What To Improve In Space Situational Awareness – CSP S02E66Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Dr. Moriba Jah, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, past navigator for many missions to Mars, and space situational awareness expert returns to the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, Dr. Jah digs deeper into the challenges of space object identification, tracking and orbital prediction, including: – Why is it a problem that satellite orbit pathing predictions assume a spheroid shape? What issues does this create? – What can we do to improve the predictive ability of satellite pathing calculations? Why do we need to improve this accuracy–what’s the rush, what’s driving this need? …

** 85- The Need to Defend Space, Operating from a Position of Strength and the Tyranny of VolumeConstellations Podcast – YouTube

Constellations is grateful that Major General John E. Shaw took the time recently to speak about Space Domain Awareness (SDA) and the Battlespace on the podcast. Listen to Major General Shaw discuss the purpose of the U.S. Space Force and why it was stood up last year (hint… you can’t do modern warfare today without space capabilities). Major General Shaw talks about the need to be able to defend capabilities in space and to prepare for a war that extends into space. Space never sleeps and with the Major General overseeing operations around the world, he has been staying busy ensuring space capabilities are where they are needed at all times. Learn about the value of working hand in hand with allies and commercial partners and how Major General Shaw envisions leveraging commercial capabilities for global space operations.

** October 6, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** October 9, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** The Space Show – Sunday – Oct.11.2020 – An open lines discussion among David and callers touched on a wide array of news topics, space policy issues, etc.

** The Space Show – Friday – Oct.9, 2020Dr. Geoffrey Landis and David had a “Mars, lunar and commercial exploration discussion covering a wide range of topics including both government and private missions”.

** Monday – Oct.5, 2020 –  James Burk of The Mars Society previewed the virtual Mars Society Conference that will take place October 15-19.


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Space policy roundup – Oct.5.2020

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


** E35 – Evolving STEM Education (with Lael Woods and Special Guests)Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Charity Weeden – Orbital Environmental Management And In-Space logistics With Astroscale – CSPS02E63 – Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

VP Global Space Policy of Astroscale US, Charity Weeden is on the Cold Star Project to share her background and the organization’s vision for space. Orbital environmental management and in-space logistics are two key areas Astroscale is developing capabilities and influence in. With host Jason Kanigan, Charity discusses:

-the vision, mission and organization of Astroscale
– how the technical, business and policy areas interlink through the organization’s efforts
– why space debris is a problem, and what we can do about it
– her background and how she arrived at the VP Global Space Policy role
– what her typical day looks like what COMSTAC is, and her role as chair
– looking forward to working in cislunar space and its implications
– the costs of decommissioning and the ways these costs are currently hidden.

** Sun. Oct.5.2020 – The Space ShowDr. Robert (Sam) Wilson of The Aerospace Corp talked about his paper, The Value Of Space.

** Thurs. Oct.1.2020Dr. Robert Zubrin talked about the Mars Society 2020 virtual conference (Thurs. – Sun., Oct. 15-18, 2020) and more.

** Space Café Podcast Episode 012 Featuring Chris Lee Is Now Available – SpaceWatch.Global

Chris Lee has just retired from his position as Chief Scientist of the UK Space Agency and, after 40 years in the space industry, can now finally retire to do what he enjoys most: space travel. Chris has had a career in some of the most dramatic and legendary missions in space travel. Hubble, Beagle2, Exomars to name a few. Now that he has retired, he can talk freely about his 40 years of passion. Also about why he thinks ESA could have a great future.

** Podcast: Space Law Advisor Chris Johnson – Ex Terra

This week on the Ex Terra podcast, we talk with Chris Johnson about some of the legal aspects of space commerce. Chris Johnson is the Space Law Advisor for the Secure World Foundation, and a Professor of Law (Adjunct) at the Georgetown University Law Center where he co-teaches the Space Law Seminar. He is also a Faculty Member at the International Space University, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). Mr. Johnson has written widely on space law and policy issues, and represents the Secure World Foundation at the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

** Episode 24 What’s Hot 3rd Quarter 2020Space Thoughts/Michael Listner, Space Law & Policy Solutions

** September 30, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** October 2, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


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Space policy roundup – Sept.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


** The Space Show – Sun. Sept.27.2020Dr. Keith Crane talked about space economics and the Institute for Defense Analysis report, Measuring the Space Economy: Estimating the Value of Economic Activities in and for Space.

** E34 – Satellite Spectrum – Regulation and Management of a Finite Resource (w Karen Jones and Tom Stroup)Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS}

** The Space Show – Tues. Sept.22.2020Dr. Les Johnson talked about “solar sails, propulsion, interstellar flight, human spaceflight and his edited book, Stellaris: People of the Stars[Amazon commission link]”.

** NASA Administrator Discusses Collaboration with US Space Force – NASA

The Mitchell Institute hosted the Space Power Forum with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymond on Tuesday, September 22. The space domain is as vitally important to U.S. defense as it is to its scientific and commercial interests, and the establishment of the U.S. Space Force (USSF) raises big questions with implications for all. This conversation with the leaders of NASA and the USSF explored how they intend to collaboratively tackle shared challenges in space, their respective mission requirements, and opportunities to leverage commercial capabilities and innovation.

** The Space Economy with Dr. Sandy Magnus – 7Investing

In this exclusive interview with 7investing, Dr. Magnus shares her thoughts about the new “space economy”. She also discusses what technologies will be most-needed for off-world colonization and describes several things that people interested in this space should have on their radar.

** September 23, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** September 25, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind the Black


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Space policy roundup – Sept.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


** Space Café Podcast Episode 011 Featuring Sara Langston Is Now Available – SpaceWatch.Global

Sara Langston teaches at the time-honored Embry Riddle flight school and knows what astronauts had to endure before they were allowed into orbit. But many things change. Not only the attitude of the students when it comes to challenging subjects. The whole industry is breaking new ground. In this episode Sara succeeds in a tour de force through a number of fascinating topics: Is it allowed to buy land on the moon, is ethics an obstacle or the future of research and why is space law the best subject in the world?

** The Rise of China in SpaceNewsthink

** The Space Show – Tues. Sept.15.2020Dr. Ajay Kothari of Astrox Corp discussed “his plans for getting to the lunar surface post pandemic”.

**The Space Show – Fri. Sept.18.2020 –  Dr. Peter Hague  discussed his “new metric system for measuring the quality, effectiveness, economics of space programs based on mass”. See Hague’s paper, A Metric of Solar System Development.


** Sun. Sept.20.2020Wayne White, founder and CEO of SpaceBooster LLC, talked about his Space Pioneer Act for space property rights and more

** E32 – Integrating Space into Joint Warfighting Analysis (w Russell Rumbaugh and special guests)Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS}

** E33 – Japan’s New Space Policy – Its Intersection with Missile & Missile Defense Activity (with Sam Wilson and special guests)Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy

** September 18, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** September 16, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black


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