Space policy roundup – Jan.25.2021

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 17 (18th – 24th Jan. 2021)Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) CASIC Announced Some New Details on their Satellite Factory
2) Announcement of the (mysterious?) Tianxun IoT constellation

3) Jiuzhou Yunjian Announced a Round of Funding
4) Chinese Mars Rover Naming Competition
5) Secondary news of the week:

**The Space Show – Jan.22.2021Dr. Namrata Goswami discussed “space policy in the new administration, China and space, the Asia Pacific space nations and plans, other active space countries, private space and more“.

** The Space Show – Jan.19.2021Dr. Deana Weibel spoke about “Commercial space, space tourism, humanity, faith and more”.

** Speedy Space Delivery – Are We There Yet – Space – 90.7 WMFE

The new [SpaceX Dragon] cargo spacecraft is also bigger and has more power for space-based experiments — a boon for researchers conducting science on the ISS. To talk more about these new capabilities and what that means for space research we speak with Jennifer Buchli, Deputy Chief Scientist for the space station.

Then, SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon isn’t the only spacecraft opening up research opportunities for space-based science. New vehicles and more astronauts are helping bulk up the research capabilities on the orbiting lab. We’ll talk with space policy and research analyst Laura Forczyk about how the commercial sector is helping with research in space.

** Economics in space: trading and the new value of Earth : The Indicator from Planet Money – NPR

One of the most common definitions of economics is the study of the allocation of limited resources: how we use what we have, what we value, and why. There have been plenty of studies done on how economics works on earth. But what about in space?

We talk to NASA astronaut Doug “Wheels” Wheelock, who explains how the principles of economics guided trades of goods and services on the International Space Station. He also describes how his experiences changed how he values things often taken for granted on Earth, like birds, wind, and the rain.

** January 21, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** January 20, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** Kellie Gerardi on the future of spaceflightBBC Sky at Night Magazine

US space industry professional Kellie Gerardi discusses the trials and tribulations of human spaceflight, the prospect of space tourism and the challenges of putting humans on the Moon and Mars.

** Space Café WebTalk – Martin Coleman – 15. December 2020spacewatch. 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.


Saturn as seen by Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera
Saturn as seen by Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera.

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