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):
- What’s Happening in Space Policy October 18-24, 2020 – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- SpaceCom 2020 – Accelerating the Global Business of Space – Online conference & exposition, Oct.19-29, 2020.
- Artemis Accords Volume II | The future of space governance – The Space Court Foundation – Round table discussion on Thursday, Oct. 22 13:00 ET (GMT-4).
- NASA programs:
- Commercial space:
- How commercializing the International Space Station can help astronauts get to the moon and Mars | Space.com
- ULA’s Tory Bruno argues for U.S. investments in the production of fuel in space – SpaceNews
- NASA Announces Partners to Advance 2020 ‘Tipping Point’ Technologies | NASA
- Space entrepreneurs need to look to the stars but keep their feet on the ground – The Space Review
- Commercial Spaceflight Federation Applauds NASA Commercial Partnerships to Advance Technologies for the Moon, Mars – CSF
- NASA selects first human-tended suborbital research payload – SpaceNews
- U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms – FAA
- FAA’s Modernized Space Launch and Reentry Regulations Promise Flexibility – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- CSF Welcomes DOT-FAA/AST Launch & Reentry Licensing Rulemaking: Continued ‘Reform Partnership’ Will Enable Industry’s Rapid Advancement – Commercial Spaceflight Federation
- FAA, DoD To Harmonize Safety Rules For Commercial Space Launch – Breaking Defense
- Space law:
- NASA, International Partners Advance Cooperation with Artemis Accords – NASA
- Eight countries sign Artemis Accords – SpaceNews
- #SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Creating a Lunar Economy – SpaceWatch.Global
- U.S. policy puts the safe development of space at risk | Science
- Semantics in lexicon: Moving away from the term “salvage” in outer space – The Space Review
- Planetary protection:
- Space traffic:
- US states space:
- Weather satellites:
- Space weather:
- US Defense space:
- India planning to resume launches next month – Spaceflight Now
- Gaganyaan: Isro now in talks with NASA for key tech – Times of India
- India’s human space flight may face slight delay: ISRO chief – The Hitavada
- India has signed 250 documents on space cooperation with 59 countries, says ISRO chief K Sivan | Business Insider India
- Japan, India set to resume launch activities in November – SpaceNews
- Russia’s space agency unlikely to join NASA-led lunar program – Spaceflight Now
- Soyuz Launches From Kourou Delayed Again – Sputnik International
- Russia planning to go reusable in 2026 with new Amur rocket | Space.com
- Rogozin Wants ISS Extension, Gateway Too U.S.-Centric – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Russia skeptical about participating in lunar Gateway – SpaceNews
- Russian space chief lauds prospects of space cooperation with China – TASS
- UK and NASA sign international agreement ahead of mission to the Moon – GOV.UK
- Space company takes to the skies alongside the NHS – GOV.UK
- UK space sector survey – Size and Health 2020 – GOV.UK
- Consultation on draft insurance and liabilities requirements to implement the Space Industry Act 2018 – GOV.UK
- Ministers spent £64m on post-Brexit ‘British GPS’ scheme before it was abandoned and shut down – inews.co.uk
The full text of the Artemis Accords can be accessed here: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-accords/img/Artemis-Accords-signed-13Oct2020.pdf
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.
** The Space Show – Tuesday Oct.13.2020 – Gary 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 production – John 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 Show – Dr. 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)
** 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 Bridenstine – Blue 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 Plenaries – Mars 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.
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