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):
- NASA programs:
- NASA Administrator Signs Declaration of Intent with Japan on Artemis – NASA
- NASA wants a return to the moon in 2024. New human spaceflight chief makes no guarantees. – Space .com
- Commentary | Mars 2020 Mission another step closer to Launch – SpaceNews
- Cost growth prompts changes to Europa Clipper instruments – SpaceNews
- Congressional space:
- House bill offers flat funding for NASA – SpaceNews
- NASA chief still hopeful to get more money for moon landing effort – Spaceflight Now
- House Republicans criticize NASA spending bill – SpaceNews
- House appropriators cut NASA’s moon landing funds; will Senate do better? | TheHill
- Republican Congressman Mike Waltz Shapes Military & Civilian Space Policy – Central Florida News/90.7 WMFE
- House CJS Subcommittee Approves FY2021 Bill, But Not Without Dissent – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- No 12 Percent Increase for NASA As House Appropriators Keep NASA At Current Funding Level – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Proposed House NASA budget flat, with some surprising support for Artemis | Behind The Black
- Planetary protection:
- Commercial human spaceflight:
- Commercial space:
- US national security:
- Op-ed | U.S. satellites increasingly vulnerable to China’s ground-based lasers – SpaceNews
- Enhancing space deterrence thought for nuclear threshold threats (part 2) – The Space Review
- The U.S. Defense Space Strategy works on paper, but will it be implemented? – Brookings Institution
- Satellite for US Air Force Successfully Launches as Part of L3Harris’ Responsive Constellation Contract | Business Wire
- DoD awards $15 million Defense Production Act contract to LeoLabs – SpaceNews
- UAE’s human settlement project on Mars ‘possible with each step at a time’: NASA scientist – MENAFN.COM
- How a small Arab nation built a Mars mission from scratch in six year – Nature
- UAE’s Hope Probe will mark a turning point in Arab history – Gulf News
- Batteries charged, UAE’s Hope probe to Mars set for launch – Khaleej Times
- Emirates Mars Mission – Webcast
- Arab Space Pioneers programme launched ahead of UAE’s Mars mission – SatellitePro ME
Dr. Bhavya Lal joins the show to discuss the size of the space economy, where it’s going, and how the term itself can mean many different things to many different people. In a world filled with breathless claims about trillion-dollar economies, we dive down into the fundamental assumptions about space commerce, its potential for growth, and the pitfalls of motivated thinking in the hyper-optimistic space community.
Luc Riesbeck is a space policy research analyst at Astroscale U.S., and wants to make our orbits a safer place.
Riesbeck started their career with an undergraduate degree in international relations, then interned at NASA, and quickly realized their interest in space policy. Now with a masters degree and a space policy internship under their belt, Riesbeck is eager to work alongside other industries to put space on the map for the “green” environmental movement.
In this episode, Riesbeck talks about the importance of space sustainability, keeping our orbits clean, and what space policy could look like in the years to come.
Night Sky Network members enjoyed a webinar on June 16, 2020 hosted by Bruce Pittman from NASA’s Space Portal Office, who shared the present, and future of commercial ventures in space. A quiet revolution has been taking place in the development of space over the last 20 years. Sparked by the space ambitions of men such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, these efforts will come into full display over the next 42 months starting with the launch of the NASA Commercial Crew Demo 2 mission by SpaceX now scheduled for May 27th and hopefully ending with Americans returning to the lunar surface for the first time in 50 years by December 2024. But this story is about more than just getting to space. We will also talk about the start of a space manufacturing revolution that is now beginning on the International Space Station. It has been said that the first trillionaire will be made in space, it may be one of the people that we will talk about.
About Bruce Pittman Bruce Pittman is the Director of Commercial Space Development at OffWorld Inc. and is currently working as a contractor in the Space Portal Office at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley where he works as the Chief System Engineer. Bruce is a co-founder and Chief Space Officer for the not for profit Future Frontiers Institute. He is also the Senior Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of another non profit, the National Space Society.
[ Update: ** The Space Show – Fri. July 10, 2020 – Dr. James A. Vedda and Dr. George Pollock talked about their paper, Cislunar Stewardship: Planning For Sustainability And International Cooperation , and there was “a wide ranging cislunar related discussion including multiple additional topics”.
** Hotel Mars/John Batchelor Show – Wed. July.8.2020 – John Batchelor and David Livingston spoke with Anatoly Zak about “the Russian R&D program to develop heavy lift booster return, the Russian flyback booster concept that was panned, just where a booster might land upon returning, problems with the close proximity of China and more“.
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