Category Archives: Space Policy

Space policy roundup – Jan.18.2021

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:

** China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 15 (4th – 10th Jan. 2021)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) CASC announces plans for 40 launches in 2021 …
2) CMA announces a tender for a low-cost cargo spacecraft: a Chinese COTS/CRS program? …
3) China confirms the feasibility of space-ground quantum key distribution, in publication published in Nature …

(See also the summary: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 4 Jan – 10 Jan 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global)

[ Update: **  China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 16 (11th – 17th Jan. 2021)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) iSpace Announces Plans for an IPO on the Star Board…
2) Several updates on CASC making progress on propulsion technology…
3) US adds 9 Chinese companies to a blacklist, including COMAC and Air China Group…

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** Where in Space Are We Going in 2021?SETI Institute

Despite everything that happened last year, we still got to do science, and missions still got to launch. We sampled asteroids and the Moon. We cruised around the surface of Mars. We flew by Venus on the way to Mercury. And we launched three more missions to the Red Planet, all of which arrive this year. What else can we look forward to in 2021? Join Franck Marchis and Beth Johnson for a look back at last year’s science and this year’s upcoming missions.

** U.S. Space Command, Innovation and Defending Space AssetsConstellations Podcast

Listen to Brigadier General Leonard, principal advisor to the USSPACECOM Commander and Deputy Commander discuss U.S. Space Command and the importance of innovation in a warfighting environment. Space is a booming business, not only for the American people but booming for the U.S. adversaries. To stay ahead, the U.S. military needs to be innovative in how they think, the technology they use and how they are organized. Brigadier General Leonard talked about innovation being the new competitive advantage and that they must equip and enable their people with an environment where they feel their ideas are valued. Enemies understand that innovation and technology and space capabilities are central to fighting in space and across the joint force, so his team must accelerate their capabilities in those areas. USSPACECOM is not interested in small evolutionary technology, but something that’s really going to be a game changer.

** Episode 48: CubeSat Industry DayAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Bleddyn Bowen – What Will War In Space Really Look Like? – Cold Star Project S02E75Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Bleddyn Bowen, PhD, is the author of War In Space: Strategy Space Power, Geopolitics. He has a different point of view on space warfare than the typical one we see from fanboys and mechanistic white papers. On this episode of the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Bleddyn:

– How do you operationally define space power? What are the “levers and dials”? What does “winning” mean in this environment?
– What is ‘space warfare’? Why do you believe Clausewitz remains relevant today and in the space domain?
– How does geopolitics apply to space? Are there equalizing forces?
– What international issues should we be paying attention to that could impact space warfare?
– When it comes to the actualities of space warfare, what are the critical elements?
– What is the significance of the new US Space Force?
– Why did you write and publish a book on the topic (War In Space: Strategy, Space Power, Geopolitics)?

Who are you intending to impact, and why? Astropolitics Research Portal: https://astropoliticsblog.wordpress.com/

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Jan.12.2021Rod Pyle and Aggie Kobrin talked about the “Feb. 4th NSS Space Settlement 2021 virtual program, ISDC plans, private and government space programs, plus much more”.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Jan.17.2021 – Open Lines program hosted by David Livingston included discussions of space in 2021.

** January 13, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** January 15, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** Space Café WebTalk – Martin Coleman – 15. December 2020 spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Martin Coleman, Member of the Advisory Board at Satcoms Innovation Group, United Kingdom talked about 2020 vision on Space Debris.

Martin Colman talked about the importance of data sharing in the Space Situational Awareness context. He addressed the Space Debris issue from the data site and will share his vision on the current situation in space 2020.

Martin Colman also answered relevant questions from the audience.

This Space Cafè WebTalk, held on 15 Dezember 2020, was hosted by Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global.

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The Space Show this week – Jan.18.2021

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

1. Monday, Jan. 18, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT: No program today.

2. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Dr. Deana Weibel to discuss her latest work on space tourism, space development and faith.

3. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021: Hotel Mars  – John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston will speak with Anatoly Zak, of RussianSpaceWeb.com, about Russian space developments expected in 2021.

4. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT): No program today.

5. Friday, Jan.22, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT):  We welcome back Dr. Namrata Goswami to discuss national security space, China and space, and space policy in the new administration.

6. Sunday, Jan.24, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): Welcome back Dr. Abraham (Avi) Loeb to discuss his new book, Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth [Amazon ad link].

Some recent shows:

** Tuesday, Jan.12.2021Rod Pyle and Aggie Kobrin talked about the “Feb. 4th NSS Space Settlement 2021 virtual program, ISDC plans, private and government space programs, plus much more”.

** Sunday, Jan.17.2021 – Open Lines program hosted by David Livingston included discussions of possible space news and developments in 2021.

** 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.

The Space Show - David Livingston
The Space Show – Dr. David Livingston

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The Space Show this week – Jan.11.2021

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

1. Monday, Jan. 11, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT: No programming today.

2. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Rod Pyle and Aggie Kobrin to discuss upcoming National Space Society programs and events.

3. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021: Hotel Mars TBA pre-recorded. See upcoming show menu on the home page for program details.

4. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021; 7-8:30 pm PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT, 10-11:30 pm EDT): No program today.

5. Friday, Jan.15, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): No program today.

6. Sunday, Jan.17, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): Welcome to our first Open Lines program for 2021. All callers welcome. We want first time callers. What is on your mind? Talk space, science, tech, policy and more. Give us a call.

Some recent shows:

** Tuesday – Jan.5.2021Trent Tresch and Kai Staats talked “about their new Moon and Mars simulation project to take place on the campus of what was Biosphere 2“.

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space ShowDr. Jeffrey Foust of Space News talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about space and the Biden Administration.

** Friday – Jan.8.2021John Blincow of The Gateway Foundation talked “about orbital construction, the the Voyager Station, the Gravity Ring and much more“.

** Sunday – Jan.10.2020 –  Dr. Gilbert Levin discussed “life on Mars possibilities, his Viking LR experiment, NASA 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 – Jan.11.2021

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:

** ESA preview 2021European Space Agency, ESA

As the world leaves behind the strange and challenging year of 2020, we look towards 2021 with a mixture of relief and expectation. And this is the same at ESA, where we look forward to a brighter and very exciting 2021. This year will see Vega-C making its maiden flight, two ESA astronauts start long-duration missions on board the International Space Station, and BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter continuing their voyages around the Solar System. Also this year, we will say farewell to our current Director General Jan Wörner as his tenure ends, while welcoming into office his successor, Josef Aschbacher.

** The Space Show – Jan.5.2021Trent Tresch and Kai Staats talked “about their new Moon and Mars simulation project to take place on the campus of what was Biosphere 2“.

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space ShowDr. Jeffrey Foust of Space News talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingstonabout space in the Biden Admin, the ISS, and more“.

**  Casey Dreier: Are Changes Coming to NASA/US Space Policy – Weekly Space Hangout: December 9, 2020

We are pleased to once again welcome Casey Dreier from the Planetary Society to the WSH. Casey will update us (as much as possible) about Space Policy changes that may occur once the new American Presidential administration takes office on January 20, 2021. As Chief Advocate, Casey is the public face of The Planetary Society’s efforts to advance planetary exploration, planetary defense, and the search for life. He educates and empowers the organization’s members to take political action. He writes, teaches, and speaks to The Society’s members, the public, and policymakers to impress upon them the importance, relevancy, and excitement of space exploration….

** >Episode 47: Congress and the Near Future of SpaceAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** NASA in 2021: What’s on the space agency’s agenda? VideoFromSpace/Space.com

NASA has high aspirations for 2021. See what they are up to in this highlight reel.

** January 7, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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The Space Show this week – Jan.4.2021

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

1. Monday, Jan. 4, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT: No program today.

2. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Trent Tresch with Kai Staats to discuss the SAM (Space Analog for the Moon and Mars) project. See the blog and upcoming show menu for more details.

3. Wednesday, Jan.6, 2021: Hotel Mars TBA pre-recorded. See upcoming show menu on the home page for program details.

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

5. Friday, Jan.8, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): We welcome back John Blincow of The Gateway Foundation will talk about in-space construction and his company, Orbital Assembly, Inc.

6. Sunday, Jan.10, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome back Dr. Gilbert Levin to discuss possible life on Mars, his Viking experiments and more.

Some recent shows:

** The Space Show – Jan.3.2020Dr. Robert (Sam) Wilson of the The Aerospace Corporation talked about “his paper [Leveraging Commercial Space for National Security (pdf)] on commercial space applications for national security and DOD space”.

** The Space Show – Dec.29.2020 Thomas A. Olson returned for his annual end-of-the-year show to review commercial space for 2020 and [look] ahead to 2021.

** 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.

The Space Show - David Livingston
The Space Show – Dr. David Livingston