Space policy roundup – June.29.2020

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):

International space


** Episode 19 – What’s Hot! 2nd Quarter 2020 – Space Thoughts – Michael Listner, space lawyer, publishes The Précis space law and policy journal.

** Webinar Replay | Mars Exploration: Blueprint for the Red Planet –

Author and award-winning space journalist Leonard David and SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust talk with the director of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program and the project scientist for the soon-to-launch Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission about the status of the mission, next steps in robotic exploration, and how it leads to sending humans to Mars.

    • Jim Watzin, Director – Mars Exploration Program, NASA HQ
    • Ken Farley, Project Scientist, Mars 2020 Perseverance rover,  Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Richard (Rick) Davis, Jr.,  Assistant Director for Science and Exploration, NASA HQ

** MSBN S01E20 – Marek Ziebart and Why OneWeb Is A Bad Global Navigation System Investment for the UKCold Star Technologies

Dr. Marek Ziebart, Professor of Space Geodesy at University College London, is on the Make Space Boring show to share his views about why the proposed UK government investment in failing satellite constellation provider OneWeb is a bad idea. He dissects why investing to turn this constellation into a global navigation system is fraught with problems and could become a money pit.

** Space Café WebTalk Recap: Jessy Kate Schingler on Lunar Policy – SpaceWatch.Global

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk, Jessy Kate Schingler, Director of Policy and Governance for the Open Lunar Foundation, and a founding convener of the Moon Dialogs shared some food for thoughts on lunar policy and future governance models.

Jessy Kate Schingler talked about the rise of lunar policy, where the Moon, its topography, and cislunar space intersects with nascent private and state activity over the next 5-10 years. She focussed in particular on participation:

** The Space Show – June.28.2020 – David Livingston hosted an open lines program in which were discussed many different topics with multiple callers.

** The Space Show – Fri. June26.2020Jim Lewis first gave “an update on the business and economy of the Space Coast of Florida”. He then talked about his
“new Amazon Prime sci fy TV series” and about “film-making, science fiction and lots of related topics”.

** The Space Show – Tues. June.23.2020Dr. Jim Logan talked about “space policy, vision, lunar, China and more”.

** Chris Stott – Spectrum Filing Surprises In Satellite Manufacturing – Cold Star Project S02E45

Chairman & CEO of the ManSat group of companies Chris Stott is on the Cold Star Project, and our main topic is satellite spectrum. Where does the authorization for satellite communication frequencies come from, and how is it distributed? With host Jason Kanigan, Chris discusses: – the definition of “satellite spectrum” – how ManSat got the authority to distribute satellite spectrum, and from whom? Who is the target market, and what does the process of working with ManSat look like?

– what is and how it is different from the ManSat corporate site
– experiences he has had as a member of the ISU Board of Directors
– projects he has worked on and produced as a “Multi Award winning Documentary Film Maker and Executive Producer”, per his LI profile
– what the Space & Satellite Professionals International organization is and what his involvement is
– how Chris helped develop Geeks Without Frontiers.

ManSat website:
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SSPI website:
International Institute of Space Commerce website:
Geeks Without Frontiers website:

** June 23, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** June 26, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black


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