Space policy roundup – Jan.5.2020

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 Force

In the final TMRO Space News of 2019 Manju talks about the formation of the United States Space Force, and Jared covers Christina Koch’s record-setting day in space, along with your weekly traffic report.

** When your next door neighbor is a glittering spaceport – Loren Grush/The Verge

In the middle of the New Mexico desert lies Spaceport America, a glittering, alien structure advertised as the very first purpose-built commercial spaceport. It’s home to Virgin Galactic, a space startup that promises to send tourists into orbit as early as next year. But even if that milestone happens, it will follow years of delays, setbacks, and even tragedy. Local residents in the nearby town of Truth or Consequences were told to expect big things when New Mexico joined the private space economy, but many now wonder if the dream of a space industry will ever materialize.

** Planetary Society All-Stars Look Back at 2019 and Ahead to 2020 | The Planetary Society

Happy new year in space! Editorial Director Jason Davis, Chief Advocate Casey Dreier and Solar System Specialist Emily Lakdawalla join Mat Kaplan for a review of 2019’s biggest news from the final frontier. Our experts then turn to the promise of 2020 for Mars exploration, humans in space and much more. The theme continues as Planetary Society Chief Scientist Bruce Betts adds his highlights in a special What’s Up segment. Got a great joke that combines space and the new year? You might win this week’s contest!

** The Space Show – Fri, 01/03/2020Dr. George Church of Harvard talked about “human genetic modification for long duration human spaceflight, settlement, and more”.

** The Space Show – Mon, 12/30/2019John Spencer of the Space Tourism Society talked about the past and future of space tourism:


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