Space policy roundup – Nov.23.2020

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


** A New Doorway to Space | NASANanoRacks to add new airlock for the ISS to enhance both commercial and government activities on the station:

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.17.2020Dallas 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 InnovationConstellations 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 teams up with ESA to create a unique “European Space Resources Innovation Centre” to be established in the Grand Duchy | Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

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 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)

** November 18, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


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