Space policy roundup – Dec.14.2018

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:


** Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. Space Program, December 10, 2018

On December 10, 2018, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) gave a speech on the floor of the Senate discussing the American space program. This was Senator Nelson’s farewell address on space before leaving office in January 2019.

** Space Policy Edition: Canada’s Uncertain Future in Space (with Kate Howells) | The Planetary Society

Canada was the third country in history to launch a satellite into space, but now lags in its space ambitions, capability, and spending. What happened? Kate Howells, who serves on the Canadian Space Advisory Board, joins the podcast to talk about the challenges facing Canada’s future in space and how the nation needs to do a better job of communicating the benefits of space exploration to its citizens. Casey and Mat also look at the latest machinations of the U.S. Congress, which has yet to fund NASA for 2019 and is rapidly running out of time to do so.

** At the Space Settlement Summit With Former NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden | The Planetary Society

He led NASA for eight years, but not till he had flown on four Space Shuttle missions and enjoyed a long military career. Charlie Bolden talks with Mat about his time at the space agency and where we’re headed on the final frontier. Space station designer Al Globus says a city in space may be much easier to achieve than was thought. Planetary Society Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla has news about five planetary science missions. Mat has a surprise for Bruce Betts and more great prizes for the space trivia contest.

** Kickstarting Space Industry with Isaac Arthur