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):
- 2020-2021 perspectives:
- The Year in Space Travel – Editorial/WSJ
- Opinion: 2020 – The Space Enterprise Is Moving Full Steam Ahead by Ken Hodgkins – SpaceWatch.Global
- Opinion: Space world highlights 2020 and outlook 2021 by Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund – SpaceWatch.Global
- Opinion: 2020 in Review: a Space Security Perspective – SpaceWatch.Global
- 2020 Space Year in Review: Resilient and Robust Despite Pandemic – Josephine Millward/Seraphim Capital
- Space Agenda 2021 – The Aerospace Corporation
- NASA Management:
- Lunar programs:
- Congressional space:
- NASA receives $23.271 billion in fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending bill – SpaceNews
- Omnibus spending bill funds Commerce Department space traffic management work – SpaceNews
- Office of Space Commerce Wins Bigger Budget in FY2021, But Will Remain in NOAA – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Final FY2021 NASA Funding Provides Only 25 Percent of HLS Request – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Congress Passes Massive Omnibus Appropriations, COVID Relief Bill – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Space nuclear:
- Commercial space:
- Space benefits:
- Space law:
- Space traffic:
- US states space:
- Weather & remote sensing satellites:
- Space weather:
- US Defense space:
- Lockheed Martin to buy rocket engine-builder Aerojet Rocketdyne – Spaceflight Now
- Lockheed Martin to Acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne, Strengthening Position as Leading Provider of Technologies to Deter Threats … – Dec 20, 2020
- Russia Plans to Supply 10 Engines for Atlas V, Antares Carrier Rockets to US in 2021 – Sputnik International
- U.S. Space Force enters ‘Year 2’ with momentum and soaring expectations – United States Space Force
- Op-ed | Not all space capabilities should reside in Space Force – SpaceNews
- Space Development Agency to reevaluate proposals for missile-tracking satellites – SpaceNews
- EXCLUSIVE: Space Is At Heart Of JADC2, Says Maj. Gen. Crider – Breaking Defense
- Space Warfighting in the Modern Era – The Aerospace Corporation
- ESA Clean Space tackles space junk one component at a time – SpaceNews
- European Space Agency hoping for UK involvement in EU-funded space programmes – Irish Examiner
- European space experts to study build of EU’s satellite-based connectivity system – SatellitePro ME
- European space and digital players to study build of EU’s satellite-based connectivity system – Airbus
- Isro to use green fuel for human space flight – Times of India
- 14 Candidates qualify for final phase of second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme
- Isro releases Chandrayaan 2 orbiter data, data from payload looking for water awaited – Hindustan Times
- Big leap for India’s space diplomacy! ISRO’s PSLV to launch Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 in February 2021 – The Financial Express
- Russia’s space chief is hopping mad over most recent US restrictions | Ars Technica
- Roscosmos sues its subsidiary over satellite that stopped working in orbit – TASS
- Launch of the Angara-A5 rocket went perfectly, Roscosmos Chief says – TASS
** China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 13 (21st -27th Dec. 2020) – Dongfang Hour – YouTube
1) Long March 8 Launch (follow-up) …
2) News announcements regarding the calendar of the Chinese Space Station …
3) China Space News article on Moon resources …
4) China Satcom further verticalizing & pivoting to mobile broadband: Interview of Sun Jing (GM of China Satcom) …
5) Completion of the static tests of the Chinese MA700 regional jet …
** Space Café WebTalk – Claudia Kessler – 1. December 2020 – spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube
In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Claudia Kessler, Initiator, Founder, driving force of “Die Astronautin”, Bremen, Germany, talked inspiration and empowerment of woman for space.
Imagine: February, 2022: A space crew with only women astronauts docks to the Unity Node after having flown aboard a Space X Falcon 9 in the Crew Dragon Spacecraft, orbiting ever closer to rendezvous with their astronaut colleagues of the International Space Station.
It is a historic first. 4 Women 2 Space 4 Earth — Bringing with them the combined dreams, experience, insights, expertise and vision of millions of girls and women to access space, to take their place in the universe. Four Women to Space for Earth – one trip to Space, one voyage to the Universe to work together to obtain a safe, healthy mother-ship Earth.
The resulting inspiration, education, dissemination and implementation of the skills and knowledge, be it science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM); be it contextual, conceptual, cognitive thinking; be it experimental, experiential, exponential exploration will lead to a more equitable, sustainable, peaceful universe without gender, race, geographical or digital divide.
How are we going there? These was addressed by Claudia.
** Space Café WebTalk – MORIBA´S VOXPOPULI #2 – 03.December 2020 – spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube
In this session of Space Cafè “Moriba’s Vox Populi #02/2020” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about topics of relevance to space safety, security, and sustainability with
Charity Weeden, Vice President, Global Space Policy, Astroscale U.S. Inc
Jenni Tapio, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment Finland
Dr. Regina Peldszus, Senior Policy Officer (Space Security, Space Surveillance) seconded to Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
Prof. Thomas Schildknecht, Head of Astronomy Faculty at University of Bern.
Moriba’s Vox Populi is a disruptor in the current growing ocean of webcasts!
** Aerojet Rocketdyne – Historic Rocket Engine Maker Sold for $4.4 Billion – Scott Manley
Through the history of the US space program there have been 2 corporations which made most of the rocket engines for the boosters – Aerojet and Rocketdyne. Up until 10 years ago it was hard to find a space mission they hadn’t provided hardware for. Nowadays it’s hard to find a rocket booster which uses their engines. Aerojet-Rocketdyne was created in 2013 out of a merger of these and over the weekend it was announced that Lockheed Martin is buying this historic company. So I figured it’d be worth talking about these organizations and how important they’ve been to the space program in the past, and how they may be losing out in the booster market but still keep providing space hardware for other niches.
**The Space Show – Dec.27.2020 – In this Open Lines program, David Livingston discussed “multiple topics with multiple callers. We talked space solar power, Starship and Boca Chica, callers made lots of predictions for 20201, we covered our efforts to go to the Moon and much more.“.
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