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Space policy roundup – Feb.14.2020

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):

Webcasts:
** Space Missions of Global Importance: Planetary Defense, Space Weather Protection, and Space Situational Awareness – Hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

The hearing will focus on U.S. leadership in space missions vital to the global economy and the protection of human health and life on Earth. Witnesses will also discuss policies, programs, and research that are important for planetary defense, space weather protection, and space situational awareness. 

Witnesses:

    • Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Mr. William Murtagh, Director, Space Weather Prediction Center, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Mr. Kevin O’Connell, Director, Office of Space Commerce, Department of Commerce
    • Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor, Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics, University of Texas

** Space Situational Awareness: Key Issues in an Evolving LandscapeHearings – House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

WITNESSES

Dr. Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation [Truth in Testimony]

Mr. Daniel Oltrogge, AIAA Space Traffic Management Space Governance Task Force Chair, Founder and Administrator, Space Safety Coalition, Official International Standards Organization (ISO) representative to the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) [Truth in Testimony]

Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz, Professor Emerita of Space Law, University of Mississippi Law Center [Truth in Testimony]

Professor Danielle Wood, Director of the Space Enabled Research Group, Assistant Professor of Media Arts & Sciences and Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology [Truth in Testimony]

Dr. Ruth Stilwell, Adjunct Professor, Norwich University, Senior Non-Resident Scholar, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University [Truth in Testimony]

** The Space Show – Tue, 02/11/2020Dr. Robert Zubrin discussed “SpaceX Mars plans and much more”.

** 27 – Space Policy Fugue State | Off-Nominal

Jake and Anthony are joined by Laura Forczyk to talk about all the drama, from the NASA Authorization bill making its way through the House, the latest in Starliner anomalies, and Laura’s new book, Rise of the Space Age Millennials.

** Art Harman – How to Lobby for Mars22nd Annual International Mars Society Convention – [October 17-20, 2019]

** Angela Cui – Mars Society China22nd Annual International Mars Society Convention

** Ivan Fino – Legal System22nd Annual International Mars Society Convention

** Robert Zubrin-The Apostle of Space – Blake Burns – Medium

** Hubble, TRUTHS and space Law | Podcasts | Naked Scientists

Recorded live at European Astrofest 2020, Space Boffins Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham are joined by UK Space Agency chief scientist Chris Lee, professor of space law Chris Newman and Hubble project scientist and associate director of the European Space Agency, Antonella Nota. They discuss the legacy of Hubble, legality of lunar ownership and the ongoing impact of hundreds of new satellites orbiting the Earth, plus the future of the James Webb Space Telescope. There’s also the truth about TRUTHS – the new climate-monitoring mission – with NPL’s Nigel Fox and the UK Space Agency’s Beth Greenaway…

** Space Debris Panel At #DLD20 Asks “What Are You Adding?” – SpaceWatch.Global

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Space policy roundup – Feb.10.2020

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):

Webcasts:

** The Space Show – Sun, 02/09/2020Michael Listner discussed the art of “lawfare or war as a tool of law. Be sure to follow along with Michael’s PPT presentation loaded on our blog [Space Show Lawfare Presentation (Final ).pptx].”

** Space Policy Edition: Is the Moon a Stepping-Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars? (with Laura Seward Forczyk) | The Planetary Society

A new bill from the House of Representatives threatens to upend NASA’s Artemis program and refocus the space agency on sending humans to Mars by 2033. Space policy expert Laura Seward Forczyk joins the show to share her critiques of this proposed legislation and what it would mean for NASA’s human spaceflight program.

** Moriba Jah – Resident Space Objects and Orbital Collision PreventionCold Star Technologies – YouTube

On this episode on the Cold Star Project, hosted by Jason Kanigan, our guest is Dr. Moriba Jah. Dr. Jah had an amazing career as navigator of a number of NASA Mars missions, and is now Director, Computational Astronautical Sciences & Technologies, Oden Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

** Creating better partnership between government and geospatial industry

** Rocket Ranch Episode 19: Launching Artemis

Sometimes, history inspires us. Sometimes, we find ourselves in the middle of history being made. Now, we are in the middle of the most aggressive push for the Moon since we landed there for the first time 50 years ago. Learn more from a conversation we had last year with NASA’s first female Launch Director, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson.

** February 5, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

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The Space Show this week – Feb.10.2020

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

1. Monday, Feb. 10, 2020; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST) No special programming today.

2. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT): Dr. Robert Zubrin returns regarding his recent Mars articles and news.

3. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020: Pre-recorded Hotel Mars Program with John Batchelor. See Upcoming Show on The Space Show website for details.

4. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020; 7-8:30 pm PST (9-10:30 pm CST, 10-11:30 pm EST): No special show today.

5. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We welcome back Lt. General Steven Kwast, USAF (Ret) for Space Force news and updates.

6. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020; 12-1:30 pm PST (3-4:30 pm EST, 2-3:30 pm CST): We welcome back Rand Simberg for current topics and issues per Rand’s recent op-ed articles and more.

Some recent shows:

** Sun, 02/09/2020Michael Listner discussed the art of “lawfare or war as a tool of law. Be sure to follow along with Michael’s PPT presentation loaded on our blog Space Show Lawfare Presentation (Final ).pptx].”

** Fri, 02/07/2020Dr. Paul Davies talked about “his new book, The Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Solving the Mystery of Life [Amazon commission link], the question of what is life, New Physics, space exploration and much more”.

** Tue, 02/04/2020Robert Zimmerman talked about “returning to the Moon, Congress, Artemis, private sector lunar landers, academic fraud in research and publication and much more”.

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

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The Space Show – David Livingston

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Space policy roundup – Feb.7.2020

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):

Webcasts:

** Episode T+146: Loren Grush on Commercial Crew, Starlink, NASA Authorization, and More – Main Engine Cut Off

Loren Grush of The Verge joins me to talk about a whole host of current topics—SpaceX’s in-flight abort test, Starliner’s shaky first test and its fallout, space traffic, Starlink, the NASA Authorization bill, and why ”Space is hard” is the worst mantra.

** The Space Show – Tue, 02/04/2020Robert Zimmerman talked about “returning to the Moon, Congress, Artemis, private sector lunar landers, academic fraud in research and publication and much more”.

** A Great Space Observatory Goes Dark: The Legacy of Spitzer | The Planetary Society

The Spitzer Space Telescope, one of NASA’s four great space observatories, was decommissioned on January 30. Mat Kaplan celebrates its discoveries and legacy with three leaders of the mission in this special extended episode. Mars has a supporting role in the new Star Trek: Picard streaming series. Planetary Society Solar System Specialist Emily Lakdawalla says the Red Planet never looked better! And you’ll have a chance to win a great new book about the Spitzer Space Telescope in this week’s What’s Up space trivia contest.

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Space policy roundup – Feb.3.2020

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):

Webcasts:

** Economic Impact of Spaceport America is Announced | Spaceport America

** Space Defense, Military Constellations and Knights, Bishops and Pawns | Kratos

Robert Zitz, National Security Consultant, Robert Zitz & Associates, LLC: During this episode we’ll talk about the increasingly contested space environment and the role small satellite constellations might play in the identification and mitigation of threats to our space assets with Robert Zitz, national security consultant. He has held senior executive positions in the industry as well as multiple leadership roles in Army intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, among others.

** Sun, 02/02/2020Dr. Gilbert Levin and Barry DiGregorio discussed the “Mars life searching project approved and funded by the UK but turned down by NASA, more on Viking and life on Mars possibilities”.

** January 31, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

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