Space policy roundup – Oct.19.2020

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):

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** Episode 25 Update on The Artemis AccordsSpace Thoughts/Michael Listner, Space Law & Policy Solutions

The full text of the Artemis Accords can be accessed here:

** Webinar Replay | Space Traffic Management: Why Commerce, Why Now, What’s Next – SpaceNews

In August, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) published a report requested by Congress that affirmed the decision in Space Policy Directive 3 to give space traffic management responsibilities to the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce. Former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, who served on the NAPA panel that produced the report, and Office of Space Commerce Director Kevin O’Connell talk with SpaceNews about the report’s conclusions and what’s next in the effort to improve civil space traffic management.


    • Kevin O’Connell Office of Space Commerce director, U.S. Commerce Department
    • Sean O’Keefe Former NASA administrator and university professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizen and Public Affairs
    • MODERATOR Jeff Foust SpaceNews senior staff writer

** NASA and International Partners Sign Artemis Accords – NASA

On October 13, 2020, NASA and international partners from Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom signed the Artemis Accords agreements for international participation in the agency’s Artemis program, during a virtual meeting of the International Astronautical Congress. While NASA is leading the Artemis program, international partnerships will play a key role in achieving a sustainable and robust presence on the Moon while preparing to conduct a historic human mission to Mars. International cooperation on Artemis will bolster space exploration and enhance peaceful relationships between nations. The Artemis Accords will also reinforce the principles of the Outer Space Treaty.

More: [NASA, International Partners Advance Cooperation with Artemis Accords | NASA]

** The Space Show – Tuesday Oct.13.2020Gary Oleson discussed his Space News Op-Ed, A critical mission for human spaceflight: a quest for value, published on August 18, 2020.

** Wednesday Oct. 14.2020 – Hotel Mars – Joint John Batchelor Show/The Space Show productionJohn Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston spoke with CBS News space reporter William Harwood about “the leak on the ISS that has yet to be repaired plus the last Soyuz flight to the ISS carrying an American Astronaut and the record breaking time it took to get to the ISS which was about 3 hours 4 minutes“.

** Friday Oct.16, 2020 – The Space ShowDr. Deana Weibel talked about her article, The Overview Effect and the Ultraview Effect: How Extreme Experiences in/of Outer Space Influence Religious Beliefs in Astronauts, and related topics.

** Debating the Weaponization of Space (with Mick Gleason and Robin Dickey)Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** #SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 12-18 Oct 2020 – SpaceWatch.Global

** Engaging the Artemis Generation: A Virtual Q&A with Astronaut Michael Barratt plus Congresswoman Herrera Beutler and Administrator Jim Bridenstine – NASA

** NS-13 Full Interview With NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineBlue Origin

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine joined the New Shepard NS-13 webcast to talk about a key experiment on board, the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing Sensor Demonstration with NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate under a Tipping Point partnership.

** NASA Space Communications and Navigation Program’s Move to Commercial Communications Services – NASA

To support the early space program, then our continuous human presence in low Earth orbit (LEO), NASA had, literally, to build all communications infrastructure from the ground up. Now we’re looking to transition our missions to commercial services by 2030.

** 2020 Mars Society Virtual Convention – Day 4 Morning PlenariesMars Society

Our four-day event is free, and brings together prominent scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs and space advocates to discuss the significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic-social developments that could affect plans for the human exploration and settlement of Mars. As always, the convention will involve a wide variety of timely plenary talks, panel discussions and public debates concerning key issues bearing on human Mars exploration.

** October 13, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** October 16, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


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