Space policy roundup – Dec.9.2019

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 (find previous space policy roundups here):


** Space Policy Edition: The Biggest Policy Moments of the Decade (with Marcia Smith) | The Planetary Society

As the 2010s come to a close, Marcia Smith, the founder of Space Policy Online, rejoins the show to explore the most significant and impactful space policy decisions of the 2010s. Mat and Casey also discuss the recently-approved European Space Agency budget, and what it means for planetary defense and Mars sample return efforts.

** Episode 0113: Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar | The Center for Space Commerce and Finance

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar is the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration president & CEO. Supportive parents & being part of the Apollo generation fostered her love for space. But it wasn’t until later in her career that she believed she could have a professional impact on the industry. Fast forward to today and she’s one of the most renowned strategic thinkers in Space & a highly regarded technical expert with a boldness you’ll respect, admire & love. Discover how she did it & how she continues to pay it forward.

** Episode T+140: Launch Protests and Lander Hopefuls – Main Engine Cut Off

Blue Origin successfully protested the US Air Force’s RFP for the National Security Space Launch program, which will have big implications for the way the current round of contract awards plays out. NASA added five new providers to the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, including SpaceX and Blue Origin, and I’ve got some thoughts about the inclusion of those options in what is quickly becoming my favorite NASA program.

** Town Hall with Administrator Bridenstine and NASA’s New HEO Associate Administrator Douglas Loverro

NASA held an Agency-wide Town Hall with Administrator Bridenstine and Douglas Loverro, NASA’s new Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at noon EST. During the Town Hall, the Administrator introduced Douglas Loverro, and they answered questions from the agency’s workforce.

** The Space Show – Sun, 12/08/2019 – Dr. David Livingston led a discussion with listeners “on several Space Show topics in physics and the future of physics, The Space Development Network and space agriculture, important Space Show fundraising efforts for our 2019 campaign, news events of the day and more”.

** The Space Show – Thu, 12/05/2019Al Globus discussed”new information and an implementation program for his ELEO space habitat” concepts.

** The Space Show/Hotel Mars – Wed, 12/04/2019 –  William Harwood of CBS News talked about the “ISS spacewalks for repairs to the cosmic ray detector, commercial crew approaching deadlines and more”.

** The Space Show – Tue, 12/03/2019Bryce Meyer discussed “space farms, growing food in space, lunar agriculture, food on Mars, recycling human waste, space farm energy needs and TRL’s”.

** The Space Show – Mon, 12/02/2019Dr. Sean Casey gave an “Overview of commercial and NewSpace investment through the present, multiple additional commercial, exploratory, engineering and space related topics”.

** December 5, 2019 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** December 3, 2019 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black


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