Space policy roundup – Jan.18.2021

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


** China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 15 (4th – 10th Jan. 2021)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) CASC announces plans for 40 launches in 2021 …
2) CMA announces a tender for a low-cost cargo spacecraft: a Chinese COTS/CRS program? …
3) China confirms the feasibility of space-ground quantum key distribution, in publication published in Nature …

(See also the summary: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 4 Jan – 10 Jan 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global)

[ Update: **  China Aero & Space Weekly News Round-Up – Episode 16 (11th – 17th Jan. 2021)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) iSpace Announces Plans for an IPO on the Star Board…
2) Several updates on CASC making progress on propulsion technology…
3) US adds 9 Chinese companies to a blacklist, including COMAC and Air China Group…


** Where in Space Are We Going in 2021?SETI Institute

Despite everything that happened last year, we still got to do science, and missions still got to launch. We sampled asteroids and the Moon. We cruised around the surface of Mars. We flew by Venus on the way to Mercury. And we launched three more missions to the Red Planet, all of which arrive this year. What else can we look forward to in 2021? Join Franck Marchis and Beth Johnson for a look back at last year’s science and this year’s upcoming missions.

** U.S. Space Command, Innovation and Defending Space AssetsConstellations Podcast

Listen to Brigadier General Leonard, principal advisor to the USSPACECOM Commander and Deputy Commander discuss U.S. Space Command and the importance of innovation in a warfighting environment. Space is a booming business, not only for the American people but booming for the U.S. adversaries. To stay ahead, the U.S. military needs to be innovative in how they think, the technology they use and how they are organized. Brigadier General Leonard talked about innovation being the new competitive advantage and that they must equip and enable their people with an environment where they feel their ideas are valued. Enemies understand that innovation and technology and space capabilities are central to fighting in space and across the joint force, so his team must accelerate their capabilities in those areas. USSPACECOM is not interested in small evolutionary technology, but something that’s really going to be a game changer.

** Episode 48: CubeSat Industry DayAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Bleddyn Bowen – What Will War In Space Really Look Like? – Cold Star Project S02E75Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Bleddyn Bowen, PhD, is the author of War In Space: Strategy Space Power, Geopolitics. He has a different point of view on space warfare than the typical one we see from fanboys and mechanistic white papers. On this episode of the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Bleddyn:

– How do you operationally define space power? What are the “levers and dials”? What does “winning” mean in this environment?
– What is ‘space warfare’? Why do you believe Clausewitz remains relevant today and in the space domain?
– How does geopolitics apply to space? Are there equalizing forces?
– What international issues should we be paying attention to that could impact space warfare?
– When it comes to the actualities of space warfare, what are the critical elements?
– What is the significance of the new US Space Force?
– Why did you write and publish a book on the topic (War In Space: Strategy, Space Power, Geopolitics)?

Who are you intending to impact, and why? Astropolitics Research Portal:

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Jan.12.2021Rod Pyle and Aggie Kobrin talked about the “Feb. 4th NSS Space Settlement 2021 virtual program, ISDC plans, private and government space programs, plus much more”.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Jan.17.2021 – Open Lines program hosted by David Livingston included discussions of space in 2021.

** January 13, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** January 15, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** Space Café WebTalk – Martin Coleman – 15. December 2020 spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Martin Coleman, Member of the Advisory Board at Satcoms Innovation Group, United Kingdom talked about 2020 vision on Space Debris.

Martin Colman talked about the importance of data sharing in the Space Situational Awareness context. He addressed the Space Debris issue from the data site and will share his vision on the current situation in space 2020.

Martin Colman also answered relevant questions from the audience.

This Space Cafè WebTalk, held on 15 Dezember 2020, was hosted by Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global.


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