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:

Webcasts:

** Quartz asks government and business leaders in Davos about the new space age

** WeMartians 53 – The State of Mars 2019 (feat. Brendan Byrne and Emilee Speck) – “The fourth season of WeMartians has begun, and we bring in our friends and regular guests Brendan Byrne and Emilee Speck to talk about rockets, rovers, and Mars in pop culture.”

** ISPCS 2018: Panel Discussion: CRS Progress toward the Commercialization Tipping Point

  • Chair: Ven C. Feng, Manager of the International Space Station (ISS) Transportation Integration Office, NASA JSC
  • Bob Richards, Vice President, Human Spaceflight Systems, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Sector
  • Benjamin Reed, Director of Commercial Crew Mission Management, SpaceX
  • Steve Lindsey, Vice President, Space Exploration Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation

NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) providers have been highly successful resupplying the ISS and advancing the low Earth orbit economy. By merging NASA’s extensive technical expertise with industry’s agility and innovative methods, these private-public partnerships are leading the way to leading the way to lowering the cost of access to space and broadening the market for NASA, DoD, industry and academia. Come hear form key leaders at NASA, Northrop Grumman, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and SpaceX on their progress toward the “tipping point” of commercialization of low Earth orbit.

** ISPCS 2018: Panel Discussion: Commercial Crew: Changing the Face of Human Space Transportation

  • Chair: Kathryn Lueders, Program Manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA
  • John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager for Commercial Programs, Space Exploration, The Boeing Company
  • Benjamin Reed, Director of Commercial Crew Mission Management, SpaceX

The scales have tipped and as a result, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has changed the face of the space transportation industry. Commercial Crew, along with partners Boeing and SpaceX, will soon complete uncrewed and crewed test flights as part of the certification of their spaceflight systems. This historic government-industry partnership will allow for routine crewed missions to the International Space Station from American soil, once more. Join representatives from NASA, Boeing and SpaceX as they discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in commercial spaceflight.

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