Space policy roundup – Aug.3.2020

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


** Unleashing the Power of Geospatial Intelligence, Lessons Learned from the Government and Turning… – Constellations Podcast

On this episode of the Constellations podcast we will discuss harnessing the power of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) by moving beyond data silos and integrating, fusing and analyzing data horizontally to deliver new insights. The podcast reviews GEOINTs historical roots, the evolution today across industries and looks to the future. With more remote sensing satellites, more rapid revisits and global coverage – an enormous volume of data is being created today. There is a daunting challenge in terms of archiving, processing and analyzing all that data and turning it into insights.

As the founder and early adopter of the concept of GEOINT, the government has been on the front lines for over a decade. What lessons can be learned from the government’s efforts that can be applied to today’s new technologies and providers in the commercial sector to maximize the full value of geospatial intelligence? Keith Masback, a leading international authority on geospatial intelligence with over 30 years of experience will shed some light on this topic. Keith is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Plum Run and provides advisory and consulting services to leading-edge companies working in geospatial intelligence and related fields. Prior to founding Plum Run, he spent over a decade as the President / Chief Executive Officer of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

** Ralph Dinsley – Moving Space Situational Awareness To Civilian Management – Cold Star Project S02E53

Following a three-and-a-half decade UK defense career culminating in managing RAF Fylingdales and in the role of Aerospace Battle Manager, Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley founded Northern Space and Security (NORSS). In this discussion with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, Dinz lays out the case for moving space situational awareness from military to civilian management. Dinz answers:

– What is “Peace and Development”, the postgraduate studies subject you applied yourself to for your Masters degree?
– What exactly is “Aerospace Battle Manager”, the role you held for a dozen years?
– What would you describe as the main reason behind the establishment of NORSS? What problems do you solve, and for what organizations?
– Is the military dominance coverage of the orbital environment still fit for purpose? Under what domain should space traffic management be?
– What is the Space Law Games, which you co-initiated? What do you hope to discover from the exercise?
– Where do you find yourself getting pulled into discussions as a well-known individual in the UK defense sector?

NORSS website:

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space ShowJohn Batchelor and David Livingston spoke with Mike Wall of about the latest  delays, problems, and the future of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST):

** The Space Show – Fri. July 31, 2020Scott Herman discussed the BlackSky Global earth satellite imaging company and “Geospatial intelligence and global monitoring, dusk-to-dawn capabilities, LEO Constellation, commercial value, market growth, national security and much more”.

** July 31, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** E26 – Removing Obstacles and Streamlining Launch (w Carrie O’Quinn and special guests: Mandy Vaughn, Carie Mullins, Tony Frego) – Center for Space Policy and Strategy | The Aerospace Corporation


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