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Space policy roundup – April.5.2021

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 33: Lawfare and Outer Space, Part 2Space Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

** Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition – North American Finals – Space Court Foundation – YouTube

Results of the North America Regional Rounds:
18 schools
40 judges

Team Winner: George Washington University Law School @gwlaw

Final’s Judges:
Dennis Burnett @HawkEye360
@RandySegal @HoganLovells
Gabriel Swiney @Monkeybane_DC @StateDept

** China Private Launch Companies Forging Ahead, Expace Liquid-Fueled Rockets, Geely in Nansha – Ep 27Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) Significant week from Chinese commercial launch companies …
2) TV Report from Hubei News on Wuhan space projects, and exclusive takeaways for Xingyun and Expace  …
3) Geely plans group-level space headquarters in Nansha, Guangzhou …

See also the program summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 29 March – 4 April 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** Space Café WebTalk – Blaine Curcio – 2. March 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

Torsten Kriening in conversation with China space analytics expert, self-proclaimed “#ChinaSpaceGuy” and founder of Orbital Gateway Consulting – a boutique market research and consulting firm focusing on the business of space and satellite telecommunications – Blaine Curcio. Blaine Curcio was born in the US and has spent the last 14 years working and studying in the international space industry. Having previously worked in China and the Netherlands, he is currently based in Hong Kong, where in 2018 he founded space market research and consulting firm, Orbital Gateway Consulting.

** Space Café Podcast Episode 024 Featuring Lin Kayser Is Now Available – SpaceWatch.Global

Lin Kayser is a German entrepreneur who wants to revolutionize the way we make products with his company Hyperganic. 3D printing has advanced to the point where it can really take us where we’ve long been in science fiction. And, he wouldn’t be with us here at Space Cafe if he didn’t want to rethink space travel as well. PS: The good man may have the right DNA for such great thoughts. Crazy and world-changing thoughts run in the Kayser family.

** The Space Show – Friday, April.2.2021Bruce Pittman talked about his education proposal, “Spacecraft Nation: A Toolkit for Building Back Better Using Space” (Spacecraft Nation.docx):

Spacecraft Nation is envisioned as a $500 million/year, 5 year national investment program, operating in all 50 states, with the goal of upgrading America’s technical skills and technical toolkits to solve the many multidisciplinary problems inherent in space development and apply those skills to terrestrial and space challenges. Space is a fascinating and unforgiving environment with vast resources that will challenge, inspire, and train to excellence the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and entrepreneurs in high-tech tools, problem solving, teamwork and innovation.

** Hotel Mars  – The John Bachelor Show/The Space Show – Wednesday, Apr.1.2021 – Purdue professor Dr. Haym Benaroya spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about the “Russia China plan for a lunar South Pole base, future lunar settlement development, lunar mining economic value and more“.

** How satellite images are helping one country hand out cash – BBC News

Togo has found a high-tech way to identify people who need financial help in the pandemic and send them emergency cash.

They use computers to search for clues in satellite images, then distribute money through mobile phones.

** March 30, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** March 31, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** April 2, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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The Space Show this week – April.5.2021

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): No program today due to David’s eye surgery.

2. Wednesday, Apr. 7 2021: No Hotel Mars due to David’s eye surgery.

3. Friday, Apr.9, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): No show due to David’s eye surgery and recovery.

4. Sunday, Apr.11, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome Erasmo Acosta, retired engineer, to discuss rotating space habitats and space resource development and usage.

Some recent shows:

** Friday, April.2.2021Bruce Pittman talked about his education proposal, “Spacecraft Nation: A Toolkit for Building Back Better Using Space” (Spacecraft Nation.docx):

Spacecraft Nation is envisioned as a $500 million/year, 5 year national investment program, operating in all 50 states, with the goal of upgrading America’s technical skills and technical toolkits to solve the many multidisciplinary problems inherent in space development and apply those skills to terrestrial and space challenges. Space is a fascinating and unforgiving environment with vast resources that will challenge, inspire, and train to excellence the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and entrepreneurs in high-tech tools, problem solving, teamwork and innovation.

** Hotel Mars – The John Bachelor Show/The Space Show – Wednesday, Apr.1.2021 – Purdue professor Dr. Haym Benaroya spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about the “Russia China plan for a lunar South Pole base, future lunar settlement development, lunar mining economic value and more“.

** Tuesday, Mar.30.2021Michelle Evans discussed “her discovery and the subsequent expansion of her Mach25media.com website regarding the X-15 rocket plane. Many additional topics were discussed.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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The Space Show – Dr. David Livingston

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Space policy roundup – Mar.29.2021

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 32 – Lawfare and Outer Space, Part 1Space Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

My February 9, 2020 appearance on The Space Show talking about lawfare can be found here: https://thespaceshow.com/show/09-feb-…

** Jilin-1 EO Constellation Deployment Plan, Xingyun Quality Control, Tianwen-1 & Haisi-1 Shots – Ep 26Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) An ambitious deployment plan laid out by CGSTL …
2) Media report on the quality control at Xingyun …
3) Daxing aerospace base …
4) Haisi-1 Ever Given Shot …
5) 2 New Tianwen-1 Mars Shots

** In Conversation with the UK’s Leading Space CommandersWar Studies KCL

The Freeman Air and Space Institute, King’s College London, in partnership with Airbus, were delighted to host the first ever in conversation event between the UK’s leading space commanders.

It was a unique first opportunity to hear from Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, the inaugural commander of the newly established Space Command, launching on 1 April 2021, as he discussed with Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, Ministry of Defence Director Space, their vision for the future of UK military in space.

A panel of experts on space from industry, politics, the military and research, put their questions to the two commanders.

** SCFV6 The Fate of the Outer Space TreatySpace Court Foundation – YouTube

After nearly 60 years, the Outer Space Treaty continues to hold one of the only explicit arms-control provisions for space in international law: Article IV prohibits the placement in orbit of nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction.

Today, however, there is a growing probability that conflict will emerge in space with conventional weapons, potentially in destructive or catastrophic ways. Will the Outer Space Treaty be sufficient to prevent conflict in space? Will the absence of greater prohibitions lead to the placement of conventional weapons in orbit? What paths are available to prevent the degradation of space through war?

Moderator and panelists:

    • Daniel Porras , Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at the Secure World Foundation, Non-resident Fellow at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research
    • Paul Meyer, Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative (retired) to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva , International Security and Adjunct Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University
    • Andrei Belousov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office at Geneva
    • Patricia Lewis, Director of the International Security Programme and Research Director of Conflict, Science & Transformation at Chatham House
    • Carine Claeys, EU Special Envoy for Space in the European External Action Service (EEAS)

** SCFV6 Tear Down the Wall | 5 March 2021Space Court Foundation – YouTube

From Secure World Foundation:

SWF Executive Director Peter Martinez and Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications Daniel Porras spoke on a panel, hosted by the Space Court Foundation, on the various “silos” that exist within the space community and how these groups might come together to develop a responsive governance framework for space.

** E55 – Getting Active on Debris in SpaceAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – Nikolai Khlystov – 23. February 2021 – supported by CYSAT – DAVOS 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Nikolai Khlystov, Lead, Shaping the Future of Mobility and Space at World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland talked about ways and initiatives that support sustainable peace in space.

** T+185: Bill Nelson Nominated as NASA Administrator – Main Engine Cut Off

President Biden nominated Bill Nelson to be the new NASA Administrator, so I check in on some of my past thoughts on NASA Administrators and Jim Bridenstine, talk about Bill Nelson’s history in space policy, and what the future may hold under a Bill Nelson NASA.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Mar.28.2021Leonard David and Barbara Sprungman-David discussed “multiple topics including space educational outreach and the impact of the pandemic on kids with Zoom learning and space“.

** The Space Show – Friday, Mar.26.2021Robert (Sam) Wilson discuss his paper on hypersonics for weapons and other purposes. Find more about the paper (pdf) at The Hypersonic Missile Debate | The Aerospace Corporation.

** Hotel Mars – The Space Show/John Bachelor Show – Wed. Mar.24.2021 – Anatoly Zak of www.russianspaceweb.com talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the Perseverance on mars, the upcoming helicopter flight in the thin Martian atmosphere, Curiosity progress, plus we talked about the ISS leak in the Russian segment, the effort to repair it, the materials used in the repair, the impact of the leak on the remaining life of the ISS and related items. In the second segment, we discussed the agreement with China and Russia on establishing a lunar base together in the not too distant future.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Mar.23.2021Robert Zimmermanreturned for a two hour plus discussion ranging from the Mars rovers, especially Perseverance, to NASA marketing policy for Mars and the rover missions, to suborbital tourism, SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin news plus more.

** March 23, 2021 Zimmerman/Pratt podcast

** March 23, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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The Space Show this week – Mar.22.2021

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, Mar. 22, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT: No program today.

2. Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Robert Zimmerman for updates on commercial space and other important and timely news events & stories.

3. Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021: Hotel Mars TBA pre-recorded. See upcoming show menu on the home page for program details.

4. Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT): No program today.

5. Friday, Mar. 26, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): We welcome back Robert (Sam) Wilson of the Aerospace Corp. regarding his paper on hypersonics: The Hypersonic Missile Debate, Robert S. Wilson – Center for Space Policy and Strategy/Aerospace Corp. (pdf)

6. Sunday, Mar.28, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome back both Leonard David and Barbara Sprungman-David for special news and policy insights only possible with these guests.

Some recent shows:

**  Mar.21.2021 – Open Lines program – David Livingston says, “Robert Jacobson started us out with another NewSpace Commercial Space Report plus we took several callers on various topics.

** Hotel Mars  – Wed.Mar.17.2021 – The Space Show/John Bachelor ShowJames C. Bennett spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the three heavy lift rockets being made in the US: SLS, New Glenn, and Starship. In addition, John talked about the recent joint announcement about a Russian-Chinese lunar colony to be built at the lunar South Pole in the coming decade(s).

** Tuesday, Mar.16.2021Dr. John Hunter discussed the “Green Launch Company, their technology, pros and cons, competition and more“.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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The Space Show – Dr. David Livingston

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Space policy roundup – Mar.22.2021

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:

** Space Matters Episode 1Tau Zero Foundation

Join us as we host a panel discussion with pillars of the space industry, Dr. Andy Aldrin of the ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship at FIT, Mr. Jeff Greason of the Tau Zero Foundation, and Electric Sky, Mr. Justin Kugler of Redwire Space, and Made In Space, Mr. Grant Anderson of Paragon Space Development Corporation, and renowned author, Mr. Rod Pyle.

** Upcoming Launch of Hangsheng-1, Starwin Tests Phased Array Antenna, CASICloud Funding Round – Ep 25Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) Some news from Hangsheng Satellite, including an upcoming launch next month
2) Starwin Completes Testing of Ka-band Phased Array Antenna
3) CASICloud announces an RMB 2.63 billion round of funding

** Hotel Mars | The Space Show/John Bachelor ShowJames C. Bennett spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the three heavy lift rockets being made in the US: SLS, New Glenn, and Starship. In addition, John talked about the recent joint announcement about a Russian-Chinese lunar colony to be built at the lunar South Pole in the coming decade(s).

** Bryant Baker – Are We Headed Towards Moon Wars?Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

USAF JAG and space lawyer Bryant Baker is back on the Make Space Boring News show to discuss his new article, Moon Wars. Is there a framework for predicting, understanding and handling conflict on Luna? As great powers are heading straight for precious resource locations on our Moon, what mechanisms are in place if any, and what do we need to create, to resolve conflicts before they get to war as a solution? This discussion and article are part of an essential education that our policy makers must experience so we do not fall into the war traps of previous generations. Bryant’s article, Moon Wars: https://www.coldstarproject.com/moonw… Space Law and Policy website: https://spacelawandpolicy.com/

** Quantum Communications, “Spooky” Quantum Entanglement, and Applications in the Space…Constellations Podcast

In this episode of Constellations, we first get a primer about quantum physics and quantum technology, then a discussion about the growing field of quantum communications, and how it applies to the space industry. There are only a handful of companies specializing in this technology, including SQT, a company that claims to transform the world’s networks for the quantum revolution. SQT CEO David Mitlyng joins us to explain the ins and outs of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), applications in Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), and quantum communications’ defense implications.

** Space Café WebTalk – Moriba`s Vox Populi #3 – Prof. Moriba Jah – 11. February 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this session of Space Cafè “Moriba’s Vox Populi #03” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about religion, ethics and space, and sustainability with
Brother Guy Consolmagno – Director, The Vatican Observatory. (Catholic perspective),
Harel Ben-Ami – Delegate, Israel Space Agency to the United Nations. (Jewish perspective),
Ari Leon – Senior Project Planning and Control Analyst, Parker Aerospace. (Buddhist perspective),
Hdeel Abdelhady – Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University (Islamic perspective),
Andreas Losch – Faculty of Theology, University of Bern, Switzerland and Editor-in-Chief, Dialog Theology & Science. (Protestant perspective).

Moriba’s Vox Populi is a disruptor in the current growing ocean of webcasts!

** March 19, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** March 17, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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