Category Archives: Space Policy

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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The Space Show this week – Sept.21.2021

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

1. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Dan Adamo to discuss orbital debris mitigation, Starlink, Inspiration 4 and much more.

2. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 – 1:00 pm PDT (3 pm CDT, 4 pm EDT): Hotel MarsRobert (Rob) Godwin will talk about his book on 2001: A Space Odyssey [Amazon link] and the heritage legacy of Kubrick movie.

3. Friday, Sept.24, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): We welcome back Jose Ocasio-Christian news and updates for Caleus and The Community In Space LLC.

4. Sunday, Sept.26, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome back Open Lines. All calls welcome. Call toll free 1-866-687-7223. We want to hear from you.

Some recent shows:

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

** Friday, Sept.17.2021Thomas A. Olson and Walt Anderson described “their communications platform company with HQ in the UK and their nearing operations“.

** Sunday, Sept.19.2021Professor Madhu Thangavelu reviewed

his 30+ years of teaching his space architecture design and critical thinking course. He talked about then and now, students over times 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.

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

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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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The Space Show this week – Sept.13.2021

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

1. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021; 7 pm PDT (9 pm CDT, 10 pm EDT): We welcome back Dr. Thomas Matula regarding his latest work on space habitat research and the human expansion into the solar system.

2. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021: Hotel Mars TBA pre-recorded. See upcoming show menu on the home page for program details.

3. Friday, Sept.10, 2021; 9:30-11 am PDT (11:30 am-1 pm CDT, 12:30-2 pm EDT): We welcome back Thomas A. Olson and Walt Anderson with updates on the launch of their communications business.

4. Sunday, Sept.12, 2021; 12-1:30 pm PDT (3-4:30 pm EDT, 2-3:30 pm CDT): We welcome back Professor Madhu Thangavelu to discuss his 30 year history with his space design class, evolving trends and students.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Sept.12.2021John Bucknell talked about his company Virtus Solis, which aims to develop commercial space solar power systems.

** 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 fusion for in-space propulsion.

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

** 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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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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