Space policy roundup – June.10.2019

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:


** NASA Opens International Space Station to Commercial Opportunities:

During a June 7 news conference at Nasdaq in New York City, NASA announced that the International Space Station is now open for commercial business. A new policy provides the opportunity for up to two short-duration private astronaut missions to the space station beginning as early as 2020, if the market supports it. The policy also, for the first time, includes prices for use of U.S. government resources to pursue commercial and marketing activities aboard the station. The agency’s goal is to foster a robust ecosystem in low-Earth orbit through which it can purchase services as one of many customers. This will allow NASA to focus resources on its Artemis missions to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

** The 2019 Humans to Mars Summit – videos of panels, talks, and interviews are available now on the ExploreMars.Org YouTube channel. For example:

*** Is There a Commercial Market on or Around the Moon that will Lead to Mars?

  • Moderator: Scott Hubbard (Stanford University)
  • Justine Kasznica (Shareholder, Babst Calland)
  • Henk Rogers (International MoonBase Alliance, Founder)
  • Alexander MacDonald (NASA, Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the Administrator)
  • Ken Davidian (FAA, Director of Research, Office of Commercial Space Transportation)

*** Should We Commit to an Early Orbital Mission to Mars?

  • Moderator: Tim Cichan (Lockheed Martin Company, Systems Engineer)
  • Richard M. Davis (NASA, Science Mission Directorate)
  • Jennifer Stern (NASA GSFC, Planetary Geochemist)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne, Executive Director, Space; & Explore Mars, Inc., Board of Directors Member)

** June 7, 2019 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black



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