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Space policy roundup – Sept.21.2021

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:

** Tour of NASA Moon Rover South Pole Landing Site – NASA

In 2023, NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon’s South Pole to map and explore the region’s surface and subsurface for water and other resources. Learn more: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/na…

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Sept.14.2021Dr. Thomas Matula discussed “his two papers and ideas on space settlement and the benefits for Earth from space settlement“.

** Shenzhou-12 Taikonauts Safely Return to Earth, More News on China’s Mars UAV, Weekly Launch UpdateDongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com).

This week, we discuss:
00:00 Introduction
01:00 The Shenzhou 12 crew de-orbits and returns safely to Earth
06:29 Major launch update including Space Transportation and Orienspace
18:10 Updates on China’s Mars UAV

See also the show summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 13 – 19 September 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** A new fleet of Moon landers will set sail next year, backed by private companies – Science/AAAS

Who knew outsourcing could extend to outer space? In some ways, that’s the aim of NASA’s $2.6-billion initiative meant to galvanize the private sector’s development of Moon landers and rovers.

** Space Café WebTalk – Law Breakfast 4 – 22. July 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In the latest Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland”, Steven Freeland and Torsten Kriening welcomed Elina Morozova and Andrzej Misztal at the wonderful ‘Coffee-Desk’ Café in Warsaw.

** Space Policy Edition: The cultural rituals of space advocacy, with Linda Billings – Planetary Radio/Planetary Society

Communication is culture, says Dr. Linda Billings, an expert in social science and space outreach. So what culture is summed by the types of space advocacy that call for pioneering, colonization and conquest of nature? Linda talks about the importance of language and context when advocating for space, and how we should consider other cultural values and frameworks for effective public engagement.

** September 17, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** September 14, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

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Space policy roundup – Sept.13.2021

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:

** Chinese Smartphones to Adopt Satellite Connectivity, Recap on Provincial Space PoliciesDongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com). This week, we discuss:
00:00 Introduction
01:01 Chinese smartphones and satellite connectivity
11:08 Recap on provincial space policies
15:25
Two launches for China’s space program

See a summary of the program at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 6 – 12 September 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** NSS Town Hall: The NSS Policy Committee with Randy Gigante and Charles EllzeyNational Space Society

For our September 9 Town Hall, NSS presented two leaders from our policy committee. As a grass-roots advocacy and educational organization, the National Space Society takes positions on space activities from NASA to industry to commercial and entrepreneurial spaceflight. Did you ever wonder how the decision is made to take a position on a particular issue? The National Space Society’s Policy Committee discusses, debates, and formulates the positions that the NSS takes to advance the cause of human beings living and working in communities beyond the Earth. …

** How reforms can further accelerate the pace of Indian Space sectorGeospatial World

The Government of India has recently announced policy reforms to boost the country’s Space sector. With a clear focus on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ or a self-reliant India, the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe), has been formed to bridge the gap between the government and private industry. This is what the industry experts had to say about the impact of the new policy reforms.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Sept.12.2021John Bucknell talked about space solar power (SSP) and about the plans of his company Virtus Solis to develop commercial SSP.

** The Space Show – Friday, Sept.10.2021Dr. Namrata Goswami discussed U.S. space and national security in Asia post Afghanistan.

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wed. Sept.8.2021Stephanie Thomas of Princeton Satellite Systems spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about about fusion for in-space propulsion.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Sept.8.2021Chris Blackerby gave an “update … on Astrocale with its life extension space hardware process plus their work on orbital debris removal“.

** Space, Climate Change, and International Cooperation | Secure World

The need for accurate and precise data on the current state of the planet has never been more urgent. Space is playing an increasingly important role in enabling us to monitor and tackle climate change, helping the global community gain a better picture of the urgency to take action.

The Secure World Foundation and the British Embassy co-hosted a webinar delving into this timely topic. It focused on the applications of space technologies, such as satellites, to help track climate change on Earth and provide critical data for scientists and policy makers, how space will fit into 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) being held in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021, and the UK’s overall global leadership in climate action. The event also underscored the imperative to work through multilateral fora and international agreements to address this global priority.

** Podcast: 110 – NGSO Constellations Everywhere, Déjà Vu all Over Again, and What the Future Really HoldsConstellations, a New Space and Satellite Innovation Podcast / Constellations Podcast – YouTube

On this Constellations Podcast, we’ll talk about the exponential growth of Non-Geostationary-Orbit (NGSO) satellite constellations, their commercial and go-to-market plans, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in realizing a bandwidth filled future. Well over 50,000 NGSO communications smallsats are planned for launch over the next decade. SpaceX, Amazon Project Kuiper, SES, Telesat, OneWeb and many other constellation providers are promising to transform the space industry with thousands of NGSOs beaming tens of Terabits per second to the ground to satisfy a seemingly endless demand for bandwidth. During this episode, Nathan de Ruiter, the Managing Director of Euroconsult Canada will share insights into the go-to-market plans and commercial strategy for these NGSO constellations and the implications from a business model, cost, funding and ground segment perspective.

** Space Café WebTalk – Prof. Enrico Stoll – 6. July 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening had the opportunity to speak with one of the industry’s “hidden gems”, Professor Enrico Stoll, who is the new Chair of Space Technology at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany’s first technical university. Born and raised in the former German Democratic Republic and with a 20-year career spanning several continents, holding academic positions in Dresden, Moscow, Massachusetts, Munich and Sydney, he is an expert in aerospace engineering and astronautics. In his current role, he researches space technology, debris removal, manufacturing in space and space robotics. This week, he and Torsten discuss TU Berlin’s legacy of space innovation as well as Professor Stoll’s own research into nano-sats and space debris. A crash course in TU Berlin’s 30-year small-sat history …

** Gordon Roesler – Why Do We Need Commercial Logistics Systems for Space?Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Robots In Space founder Dr. Gordon Roesler returns to the Cold Star Project following his appearance as a speaker at the State of the Space Industrial Base 2021 event. We’re looking at the need for commercial logistics systems for space, and why the US needs to invest in these in a hurry. …

** September 10, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** September 7, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

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Space policy roundup – Sept.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 47: Thoughts on Coverage of Virgin Galactic AnomalySpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

** Taiwanese Rocket Company Gets Go-Ahead for Launch, China Working on a Mars UAV, Geely Space UpdatesDongfang Hour – YouTube

A summary of the presentation is available at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 30 August – 5 September 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global

** The Space Cafe Podcast #035: Elodie Viau – Getting Telecommunication Ready For Space And Beyond – SpaceWatch.Global

Episode 035 features a special guest Elodie Viau.

The European Space Agency ESA is known for spectacular landings on distant comets or the like. What is little known is that the ESA has no less exciting departments in completely different areas. Like telecommunications, for example. What exactly is ESA up to in this field and why is it probably one of the most exciting tasks of all? Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA has taken the time to answer this question in the current episode of the Space Cafe Podcast.

** Space Café WebTalk – Niklas Nienass – 29. June 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening spoke with a Member of the European Parliament and member of the German Alliance 90/The Greens party, Niklas Niennas, about Europe’s role and response to the space race 2.0.

Elected in 2019, he is a member of the committees on regional development, culture and education, however, he also takes great interest in space, with 20 percent of his workload dedicated to space policy. He also regularly writes about the sector on his blog and has hosted webinars on space law and policy, and the current upheavals facing the sector.

This week, he and Torsten discuss how Europe can prepare for a new space world that’s both brimming with private sector players and is increasingly militarised, through the creation of an international rulebook and European space strategy. …

** How Can US Space and Defense Startups Team with Primes and Government using govmates?Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Space and defense startups frequently have a tough time “being heard” in the field. Not only that, these small companies struggle with learning the byzantine paths to discovering and connecting with prime contractors and government organizations who could be looking for their technical help. Katie Bilek co-founded govmates in 2015 to smooth the way and assist in making teaming connections. If you’re a space or defense startup founder looking for help in developing these kinds of connections, listen in to our discussion. …

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Aug.31.2021Dr. David Brin discussed NASA’s

Artemis [program] and why our guest deeply opposes the program. Also, asteroid mining, resource minding the asteroids compared to the Moon, Tic-tac and ET matters, global society history and nefarious forces opposing the U.S. experiment and more.

** Hotel Mars – The John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wed. Sept.1.2021Steven Wolfe of the Beyond Earth Institute spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about

space solar power (SSP) and their project Catching the Sun: A National Strategy for Space Solar Power (pdf). Steve explained SSP, why it is about 10X more abundant in energy than ground based solar, why it is the ultimate green fuel, and more.

** The Space Show – Friday, Sept.3.2021Roman Chiporukha talked about “High end space, earth and ocean adventures, space missions, marketing, educational outreach, educating the general public about space, STEM goals“.

** September 3, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** September 1, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

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Space policy roundup – Aug.30.2021

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:

** 2021 Space Symposium | NASA Administrator Bill NelsonNASA Video

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson speaks on our return to the Moon with Artemis, upcoming milestones for our science missions, the value of NASA in our everyday life, and more. Learn how NASA innovations improve daily life, and how our unique mission provides benefits in big and small ways: to create jobs, jumpstart businesses, and grow the economy.

** What The Next Space Station May Look Like – CNBC

The International Space Station will likely be retired within the decade. NASA hopes to save money by having commercial companies build the next space outpost. Some companies including Sierra Space and Axiom Space are already working on a commercial space station. But the question is, will these stations be ready in time?

** Turbulent Week for US/China Space Relations, 1 km-long Space Station Project, 2 Launches in the WeekDongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com). This week, we discuss:

00:00 Introduction
01:06 Turbulent week in US-China space relations
09:00 2 launches in a week
15:08
China’s Natural Science Foundation publishes the “Guidelines for the 14th Five-Year Plan first batch of projects”, hints at research on a 1-km long super space station

See also the summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 23 – 29 August 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global

** Episode 46: “Space Rush” Not “Space Race”Space Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

It’s time to change the messaging from “space race” to “space rush.”

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wednesday, Aug.25.2021Robert (Rob) Godwin talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the overall Gemini 5 mission and lessons learned going forward on the march to the Moon“.

** The Space Show – Thursday, Aug.26.2021Jeff Shesol discussed his

new book, Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War, John Glenn in-depth discussions, Mercury 7 detailed discussions, the Soviet space program, the U.S. program, Glenn in the senate, Glenn flies in the shuttle and more.

**The Space Show – Friday, Aug.27.2021Charles Precourt of Northrup Grumman discussed “Artemis, SLS, solid rocket boosters (SRBs), SRB propellant, lunar return timelines, human lunar lander, Gateway, Gateway lunar orbits, plus much more“.

**  The Space Show – Sunday, Aug.29.2021Dr. Paul Jaffe provided “a detailed SSP and Power Beaming discussion you must hear“.

** NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Completed Testing | NASA

Engineering teams have completed the James Webb Space Telescope’s long-spanning comprehensive testing regimen at Northrop Grumman’s facilities. Webb’s many tests and checkpoints were designed to ensure that the world’s most complex space science observatory will operate as designed once in space. Now that observatory testing has concluded, shipment operations have begun. This includes all the necessary steps to prepare Webb for a safe journey through the Panama Canal to its launch location in Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America.

** NISAR – Helping Farmers from SpaceNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NISAR will provide maps of developing crop area on a global basis every two weeks. Observations will be uninterrupted by weather and provide up-to-date information on the large-scale trends that affect international food security. The NASA–ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, a collaboration between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), will provide all-weather, day/night imaging of nearly the entire land and ice masses of the Earth repeated 4-6 times per month. NISAR’s orbiting radars will image and track subtle movement of the Earth’s land and its sea ice, and even provide information about what is happening below the surface. NISAR will also provide information on crop area and forest biomass over time and with enough detail to reveal changes on field scales.

** 109 – Satellite Data, Visualization, and Finding Needles in the HaystackConstellations, a New Space and Satellite Innovation Podcast / Constellations Podcast – YouTube

On this Constellations Podcast learn how a Hollywood visual effects company is now helping satellite operations to visualize data. Listen to Tim McBride, President of Zoic Labs, describe how his company is using their experience in visual effects to bring sense to the complex and massive amounts of data coming from satellites. Mr. McBride shares how Zoic Labs has grown from their first project of mapping the world with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to helping the U.S. Space Force and Air Force Research Laboratory see things in a different light.

** Space Café WebTalk – Danica Remy – 20. June 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening caught up with California-based Danica Remy to discuss all things asteroids. With a career in social justice movements and “fabulous innovation”, Danica serves as President of the B612 Foundation, which leads private sector efforts in research, analysis and systems design to protect Earth from asteroids. Danica also co-founded the international program, Asteroid Day, which takes place each year on 30 June. The initiative is supported by a raft of rockstars (and rockstar scientists!), as well as governments, international space agencies and satellite companies. In 2016, it was sanctioned by the United Nations as an official day to increase global awareness and education of asteroids.

Asteroids are all around us, but have people forgotten the threat they pose to Earth since Armageddon hit our screens over 23 years ago? Or is an asteroid impact the existential crisis always lurking in the back of our minds? This week, Danica and Torsten discuss what measures the “new space revolution” is implementing to save our planet from a Hollywood doomsday scenario and how Asteroid Day is raising awareness of this issue. …

** August 27, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** August 25, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

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Space policy roundup – Aug.23.2021

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:

** Workforce & Growth of Chinese Launch Companies, Shenzhou 12 Crew 2nd Spacewalk, Updates from SpacetyDongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com). This week, we discuss:
1) The growth of Chinese launch companies measured in 2019-2020 workforce increase
2) Spacety and T4i Announce Collaboration
3) The second spacewalk (EVA) of the Shenzhou-12 crew

See summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 16 – 22 August 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** A “Chinese New Shepard” by CAS Space, Round of Funding by Beijing Commercial Cargo StartupDongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (newsletter.dongfanghour.com). Also, many of the links mentioned in the episode are available there. This week, we discuss:
1) A Chinese New Shepard? CAS Space eyes space tourism
2) Chinese startup Interspace Explore raises “tens of millions” of RMB, plans commercial cargo spacecraft in 2022
3) Guangzhou adds Satellite Internet to 14th Five-Year Plan

See also the summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 9 – 15 August 2021 – part 2 – SpaceWatch.Global

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Aug.17.2021Michael Listner discussed “the legal definition of the term astronaut and government plus non-government astronaut classifications for private sector spaceflight participants“.

** Hotel Mars  – The John Batchelor Show/The Space Show,  Wednesday, Aug.18.2021Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about

the recent Russian ISS docking problem with the NAKUA module that sent the ISS spinning and tumbling until it was corrected. Anatoly talked about the possible cause, the actual impact and risks on the ISS, plus later we addressed the continued ISS leak that persists. Anatoly was asked if there was a competence problem with Russian hardware and/or management. In addition, he talked about the age of the ISS and the possibility of metal fatigue. Don’t miss all of what our guest said on these issues during our 11 minute discussion.

** The Space Show – Wednesday, Aug.18.2021 – Rod Pyle and Martine Rothblatt came for this special show to talk about

 the Rothblatt Space Settlement In Our Lifetime Prize, https://spacebizplan.nss.org.  Martine was only with us for 30 minutes but during that time, she talked about why space settlement was important, her vision for space settlement plus her vision for digitizing human consciousness in the future.  This was an exciting 30 minutes as Martine painted an exciting future which is plausible as you will hear.  Let us know what you think of her vision so please post your thoughts on our blog.  Martine had time to respond to several listener questions a call before leaving.  You can follow the tags and key words to this program for more detailed on what she had to say.

** The Space Show – Friday, Aug.20.2021Kevin Rice discussed

financing various types of space projects, including the most innovative, risky and often even fringe concepts. We talked about financing concepts before financing a solid project. Our guest started out by talking about NASA projects and missions during his time he was at JPL. He said most of the calls were for mission types, not specific missions, then he explained the difference and the evolutionary process from general missions to a specific mission. This was a detailed discussion which was followed by a look at the processes use by the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. …

** The Space Show – Sunday, Aug.22.2021John Huntbroke down the government unclassified UAP report delivered to the Senate last June. Lots of callers, much fun, seriousness as well so enjoy it“.

** The Space Cafe Podcast #034: John Mankins – Energy from orbit, new ways of propulsion and Star Trek type spaceships – SpaceWatch.Global

** Space Café WebTalk – Prof. Kazuto Suzuki – 15. June 2021 spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening sat down with Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan, Kazuto Suzuki. Having received his PhD at the University of Sussex, Professor Suzuki has worked internationally as a strategic policy analyst and advisor in space and military space policy, with research positions at the University of Tsukuba and the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique in Paris. He has also served as an expert in the Panel of Experts for the Iranian Sanction Committee under the United Nations Security Council and contributed to the drafting of the Basic Space Law of Japan. He now serves as a member of Sub-committees of industrial policy and space security policy of the National Space Policy Commission. This week, he and Torsten discuss his home country’s place in the space race, and how as a late-starter like Germany, Japan has become a leading, spacefaring launch country whose ambitious plans for debris removal could change the fate of space for good. …

** E71 – Flying Cars! The Case for Advanced Air Mobility Aerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** August 20, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** April 18, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

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