Space policy roundup – Mar.15.2021

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 31 PRC Russian Federation Lunar Outpost AnnouncementSpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

** Guowang constellation official, future CN launch site, LM7A success – China Space News Roundup Ep 24Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) A new dedicated spaceport for commercial launch companies?
2) What role will commercial companies play in China’s future satellite internet?
3) China successfully launches Long March 7A Y2 one year after the rocket’s maiden launch (and failure)
4) Galactic Energy Appears at Jianyang Investment Conference

See also the summary at #SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 8 – 14 March 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global

** STIG Workshop – New Space in Asia: Implications of the Rise of the Chinese Commercial Space Sector – STIG Program – The University of Tokyo

[STIG International Workshop] New Space in Asia: Implications of the Rise of the Chinese Commercial Space Sector in Asia and Beyond Date & Time: Tuesday 9 March 2021, 17:3019:00 (JST: Japan Standard Time) Host: Science, Technology and Innovation Governance (STIG) Program, GraSPP, The University of Tokyo Co-host: European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) Organized at the occasion of the publication of ESPI Report “New Space in Asia – Experts views on space policy and business trends in Asian countries”, available at…

** China plans to build research station on moon’s south pole: chief designer   –New China TV – See also: China’s Moon Exploration Chief Details Lunar Research Station – Leonard David

China has completed feasibility studies of the fourth phase of its lunar exploration program and is expected to build an international lunar research station on the moon’s south pole in the future, said Wu Weiren, the chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program.

** E54 – Constructive Visioning for the Space EnterpriseAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** The Space Show – Friday, March.13.2021Amir Notea reported “on commercial space, innovation, startups and the like in Israel. We also talked about Israel’s commercial effort to land on the Moon, possible future collaboration with UAE, The Artemis Accords and more.”

** Space Café WebTalk REGIONAL BRAZIL – Prof. Dr. Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto – 10. February 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Café Brazil, Prof. Dr. Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto, of the Catholic University of Santos, Brazil, talked about the space race’s history and the beginning of the golden era of the United Nations treaties on outer space. He also talked about the role of international space and policy law, national space law, and the recent developments in the space sector, like the current Mars and Moon Missions. He also expressed his thoughts about the space law area in Brazilian academia and his plans to improve this area in Brazil.

** NLRA 2021-3: Technology Advancement and Applied Research on the ISS National Lab Webinar – ISS National Lab

On Feb. 11, 2021, the ISS National Lab held a webinar to provide further background on NLRA 2021-3 and to answer any questions from researchers.

** NLRA 2021-4: Leveraging the ISS National Lab to Enable Digital Engagement and Higher Education – ISS National Lab

On March 9, 2021, the ISS National Lab held a webinar to provide further background on NLRA [National Lab Research Announcement] 2021-4 and to answer any questions.

** Economics of Nature: Mapping Liberia’s Ecosystems to Understand Their Value – NASA

NASA is working alongside Conservation International and the Liberian Government through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pilot an innovative and replicable approach to more accurately map ecosystems to support effective planning and sustainable decision-making. NASA’s satellite data and expert analysis will provide a country-wide picture of Liberia’s hardwood forests, mangroves, and other ecosystems; Conservation International and the Liberian Government through the EPA will augment that data with their expertise in ecosystem accounting, field studies, and local knowledge to quantify the value of the country’s natural resources and related ecosystem services. Read more:…


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