Space policy roundup – Feb.22.2021

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


** Episode 29: The Outer Space Treaty Self Executing vs Non Self ExecutingSpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

A discussion about the nature of the Outer Space Treaty and self-executing and non-self-executing treaties in general.

** SWF Moderates Panel on Developing “Rules” For Sustainable Space Logistics | Secure World

Panel discussion by Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning for Secure World Foundation with
Natália Archinard, Deputy Head of Education, Science and Space Section at Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
David Barnhart, Research Professor in the Department of Astronautical Engineering at University of Southern California
Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University

Space logistics and satellite servicing include new commercial activities that promise to revolutionize the way we use space but also stretch existing regulatory and oversight frameworks. As a result, there have been calls for new “rules” on how these and other space activities will be governed. This panel will discuss how best practices, standards, national regulations, and international law all play a role in creating the governance framework for space and how that process may unfold for satellite servicing.

** SSL Digital Symposium – Day 3, Part 3 – A sustainable space legacy for next generations?

Panel discussion by Claude Nicollier, astrophysicist, astronaut and professor emeritus EPFL / Space Innovation,
Anne-Marlène Rüede, PhD student EPFL, SGAC SSS co-team leader and
Kevin Pahud, EPFL student and Space@your Service association founding member

While space is more related to Earth’s activities and services than ever before, this entire industry is undergoing a massive transformation, with new actors, new business models, new perspectives and the likes of a « space for all » promise. At the same time, sustainability is part of the main challenges that mankind is facing and space will be no exception. This legacy is initiated by today’s experts, but young students are already pushing for a change they will take part in. That’s why we decided to give a voice to EPFL students and young Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) members about their expectations, ideas and the way education should prepare them achieve these goals.

** Tianwen-1 orbit insertion, ESPI Asia NewSpace report, Space in CNY Gala – Weekly News Round-Up Ep 20Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) Tianwen-1 inserts itself successfully in to Martian orbit …
2) Publication of the ESPI Report “New Space in Asia”, including DFH (and GT!) contribution for the China Part …
3) Happy New Year of the Ox! + Chinese New Year Art of Social Media…

** Lost Without Translation: Identifying Gaps in U.S. Perceptions of the Chinese Commercial Space Sector -Secure World Foundation/ Caleus Foundation (pdf)

** The Space Show – Friday, Feb.19.2021Dylan Taylorreturned to talk about the booming commercial space industry, policy, returning to the Moon, China, investing in space and lots more. A great discussion you won’t want to miss.

** The Space Show – Thursday, Feb.18.2021Douglas Messier of Parabolic Arc discussed the latest “space news plus the successful landing of the Perseverance Mars rover today“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Feb.17.2021Andrew Chanin of ProcureAM discussed “their space EFT which is listed with the symbol UFO. Not only did we discuss their commercial space fund in detail, we talked about drivers for the commercial space industry, trends, international competition, China and much more.”

** The Inquiry – Can we solve our space junk problem? – BBC Sounds

The world is entering a new space race but every new satellite launched into Earth’s orbit runs the risk of colliding with one of the millions of pieces of space junk left behind by previous missions. So how can we solve our space junk problem? Featuring former NASA astrophysicist, Don Kessler; Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Moriba Jah; space systems engineer, Richard Duke; and Victoria Samson of the Secure World

** Space Policy Edition: The Big Picture on U.S Science Funding | The Planetary Society

Matt Hourihan is perhaps the world’s expert on how the U.S. government funds basic science and development activities. He joins the show to talk about the big picture of where the money goes, how the focus has changed over time, and the consequences of budget cuts to critical science investments.

** Advocating for Mars in the United StatesThe Planetary Society – Youtube

American citizens have unparalleled opportunities to impact the future of space exploration. This workshop walk you through the actions you can take to advocate for NASA from home or at the Capitol.

** The Mars Business: The Private Sector and the Red PlanetThe Planetary Society – Youtube

United Launch Alliance and its predecessor companies have launched every U.S. mission to Mars since the 1960s. President and CEO Tory Bruno joins us for a Q&A on the company’s past, present, and future Mars mission involvement, and how his company plans to help advance Mars and solar system exploration in the years ahead.

** E51 – R&D: From Academia to U.S. Government ProgramsAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** E52 – DOD Organization and Space ForceAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – Dr. Peter Martinez – 26. January 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Peter Martinez, Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation, USA talked about potential scenarios for the future of humanity in space. Growth and Sustainability in Space – ensuring the long-term usability of Earth’s orbits and beyond: There are more human activities taking place in space today than ever before, and there are no signs of this growth slowing down. Mega-constellations, on-orbit services and lunar mining are all going from science fiction to reality. However, to ensure that humans will continue to be able to benefit from space, steps must be taken to put best-practices and norms of behaviour in place for space operations.

** February 17, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** February 18, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


“Orthographic projections of the “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon” showing the geology of the Moon’s near side (left) and far side (right) with shaded topography from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA). This geologic map is a synthesis of six Apollo-era regional geologic maps, updated based on data from recent satellite missions. It will serve as a reference for lunar science and future human missions to the Moon. Credit: NASA/GSFC/USGS.” Credits: USGS

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