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):
- Biden space:
- NASA programs:
- NASA Management:
- Lunar programs:
- Congressional space:
- Space benefits:
- Commercial space:
- Lunar commerce: a question of semantics? – The Space Review
- Op-ed | Unleashing America’s commercial space industry – SpaceNews
- Contact and Capture — Crew-1 Arrives at ISS – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- #SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Crew-1 Giant Leap Towards Space for All – SpaceWatch.Global
- NASA looking for partners to advance Moon mission imagery – SpaceWatch.Global
- Space law:
- Space traffic:
- Weather & remote sensing satellites:
- US Defense space:
- Air Force reveals candidate locations for U.S. Space Command headquarters – SpaceNews
- Space surveillance technologies a top need for U.S. military – SpaceNews
- Marine Corps Forces Space Command is here – MarineCorpsTime.com
- Biden likely to stay course on Space Force and defense investments – SpaceNews
- Space and cybersecurity :
- Rocket to lift Chang’e 5 moved to launch pad – Chinadaily.com.cn
- China’s Next Moon Mission: Rollout to the Pad – Leonard David
- China Prepares to Launch Its Most Ambitious Moon Mission Yet – Daily Planet/Air & Space Magazine
- China operates first deep-space antenna array system in Xinjiang region – ECNS.cn
- BeiDou system passes verification standard of ICAO – ECNS.cn
- BDS-3 gains major breakthrough in civil aviation sector – Xinhua
- ISRO’s Shukrayaan: India’s proposed Venus mission attracts international payload proposals – The Financial Express
- India’s Shukrayaan orbiter to study Venus for over four years, launches in 2024 – SpaceNews
- Human rating of rocket GSLV MkIII gets underway – Deccan Chronicle
- Can Private Investment in the Space Sector help the Indian military? – ORF
- SpaceX asks India for regulatory changes for Starlink | Light Reading
- Britain Makes Risky Bet Reviving Bankrupt Satellite Firm OneWeb – BloombergQuint.com
- UK government secures satellite network OneWeb – GOV.UK
- New support for UK space hubs unveiled – GOV.UK
- Ocean mapping satellite to help UK scientists tackle climate change – GOV.UK
- 10 new satellites to be built in Glasgow in next three years as part of new innovative constellation service – GOV.UK
- Space news: RAF new Space Command welcomed by UKSpace Will Whitehorn – Express.co.uk
- Frazer-Nash exploring viability of space-based solar power to help deliver Net Zero | Frazer-Nash Consultancy
- Boris Johnson to set up Britain’s Space Command – with first rocket planned to launch in 2022 – The Sun
- Thompson raises Midlothian space rocket concerns at PMQs – Midlothian View
- Skyrora’s response to the UK’s recent investment for Defence | Skyrora
- Space centre announcement has already sparked tech companies’ interest in Shetland | The Shetland Times Ltd
- Wales could be home to one of seven new UK spaceports | South Wales Argus
- AstroAgency and Scottish Space Leadership Council Secure Space Agency Funding | HeraldScotland
- Prime Minister announces new funding for Scottish defence and space projects – Business Insider
- Rocket man: Boris Johnson shot down over Highland spaceport | Press and Journal
Opening another portal to receive more shipments and deploy more satellites and experiments is the challenge a private company took up – Nanoracks LLC, headquartered in Webster, Texas. With support from NASA, the company built a new and different kind of doorway into space.
The Nanoracks Bishop Airlock Module will serve as another door to space, helping to move larger payloads inside and outside the station. This will alleviate one bottleneck slowing down the deployment of new small satellites and CubeSats from the space station. Bishop will also significantly increase the amount of research that can be done in low-Earth orbit – research that helps us better understand the space environment but also has implications for Earth imaging, medical research, and biomanufacturing.
** Sunday, Nov.22.2020 – Rob Ronci and Trent Tresch talked about “for news, updates, and policy discussions regarding the Caelus Foundation“, which advocates “for broad participation in the space domain and to engage and empower people around the world to build a space-centric community through their decisions and actions“.
** The Space Show – Tuesday, Nov.17.2020 – Dallas Bienhoff discussed cislunar development and also “possible ideas for the new administration and NASA, Artemis, Mars, returning to the Moon, space tugs, the Gateway, private sector advances, and much more“.
** Cislunar, Proliferated Leo and Accelerating Innovation – Constellations Podcast – YouTube
Listen to Colonel Eric Felt talk about what the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is doing to keep the U.S. competitive edge in space. Building a strong team is important and he believes that is part of the secret sauce that makes the AFRL so successful. Learn about cislunar and XGEO and why these are exciting areas to be studying. Col Felt reflects that the growing interest in cislunar and XGEO comes down to commercial activity, resources and political advantages. He said there are cost and performance advantages coming from proliferated LEO and that every mission in the future that can be done from LEO will be done from LEO. With so many thousands of satellites going up, a high level of automation will be essential for their management; however, there will be limits to this kind of autonomy – especially in a war fighting scenario.
Luxembourg just entered a strategic partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create a “European Space Resources Innovation Centre”, or ESRIC. Unique of its kind, ESRIC aims to become an internationally recognised centre of expertise for scientific, technical, business and economic aspects related to the use of space resources for human and robotic exploration, as well as for a future in-space economy.
Based in Luxembourg, ESRIC will partner with public and private international players in this field to create a hub of excellence for space resources in Europe. The creation of ESRIC was part of the Luxembourg government initiative SpaceResources.lu launched in 2016 to establish an ecosystem favourable to the development of activities related to the exploration and use of space resources.
ESRIC’s activities will focus on space resources research and development, drawing together excellence from public research and its facilities, with private sector initiative and efficiency. The centre will also contribute to economic growth by supporting commercial initiatives and start-ups, offering a business incubation component and enabling technology transfer between space and non-space industries.
** E42 – Early NASA Recruitment for Women and African Americans (with Angie Bukley and Alan Ladwig) – Aerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)
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