A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government related space news and resource items that I found of interest:
- Public-private partnerships:
- Lunar plans:
- US defense launch:
- US space force:
- National Space Council votes unanimously to send Space Force proposal to Trump – SpaceNews.com
- Analyst predicts Space Force will fuel infighting among military services – SpaceNews.com
- Trump’s ‘space force’ should be created — and here’s how to start, National Space Council says – Los Angeles Times
- President Trump’s Space Force Is a Recipe for Wasteful Spending | The Regulatory Review
- Here’s The Pentagon’s Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force – Defense One
- DoD’s Space Force Plan Diverges from USAF Vision – Air Force Magazine
- Pence Renews Administration Push for Space Force – Air Force Magazine
- Chinese space:
- Japanese space:
- Russian space:
- Russia’s space agency vows to carry out rocket launches on schedule – TASS
- Bridenstine Reiterates December Launch to ISS on Track, and Other Space Council Tidbits – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- NASA administrator says Russians on track for December Soyuz flight to station – Spaceflight Now
- Russian Soyuz Rocket Will Launch Astronauts to Space Station by Christmas, NASA Chief Says – Space.com
- Roscosmos ready to send delegation to US for negotiations with NASA – TASS
- Soyuz carrier rocket with spacecraft launched from Plesetsk spaceport – TASS
- Russia launches first Soyuz rocket since Oct. 11 accident – Spaceflight Now
- Russian missile identified as anti-satellite weapon; ready by 2022 – CNBC
- Pakistani space:
** Administrator Bridenstine Joins Washington Post Discussion: The New Space Age
The Washington Post hosted “Transformers: Space” which featured prominent speakers in the fields of space science and policy. The New Space Age discussion included NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and Dr. Heidi Hammel, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Planetary Society. These speakers discussed the most important issues on the country’s space agenda including the future of the International Space Station, America’s plans to return to the Moon, and the search for life in the cosmos.
** NASA Administrator Talks Training, Future Missions with Newest Astronaut Class
NASA’s newest class of astronaut trainees joined agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine Sept. 27 at NASA headquarters, to talk about their experiences in the training program, hopes for future missions, and more, in a live episode of “Watch This Space”.
Astronaut candidates Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Jonny Kim, Frank Rubio, Matthew Dominick, Warren Hoburg, Kayla Barron, Bob Hines, Raja Chari, Loral O’ Hara and Jessica Watkins were joined by Canadian Space Agency astronaut candidates Joshua Kutryk and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons. The first U.S. astronauts, the “Original Seven,” were selected in 1959. Since then, NASA has selected 21 more groups of astronauts. This latest class, announced on June 7, 2017, includes a physician, biologist, geologist, military pilots and engineers.
Once their training is complete, they may be assigned to any of a variety of missions, including: performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft built by U.S. commercial companies, and departing for deep space missions on NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.
Ketchum spoke about his new book, To The Moon On A Slide Rule, and “early ICBM and rocket history, early space program, Surveyor missions, lunar surface, nuclear propulsion, NASA, SLS, Gateway and much more”.