Space policy roundup – Mar.29.2021

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 32 – Lawfare and Outer Space, Part 1Space Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

My February 9, 2020 appearance on The Space Show talking about lawfare can be found here:…

** Jilin-1 EO Constellation Deployment Plan, Xingyun Quality Control, Tianwen-1 & Haisi-1 Shots – Ep 26Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) An ambitious deployment plan laid out by CGSTL …
2) Media report on the quality control at Xingyun …
3) Daxing aerospace base …
4) Haisi-1 Ever Given Shot …
5) 2 New Tianwen-1 Mars Shots

** In Conversation with the UK’s Leading Space CommandersWar Studies KCL

The Freeman Air and Space Institute, King’s College London, in partnership with Airbus, were delighted to host the first ever in conversation event between the UK’s leading space commanders.

It was a unique first opportunity to hear from Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, the inaugural commander of the newly established Space Command, launching on 1 April 2021, as he discussed with Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, Ministry of Defence Director Space, their vision for the future of UK military in space.

A panel of experts on space from industry, politics, the military and research, put their questions to the two commanders.

** SCFV6 The Fate of the Outer Space TreatySpace Court Foundation – YouTube

After nearly 60 years, the Outer Space Treaty continues to hold one of the only explicit arms-control provisions for space in international law: Article IV prohibits the placement in orbit of nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction.

Today, however, there is a growing probability that conflict will emerge in space with conventional weapons, potentially in destructive or catastrophic ways. Will the Outer Space Treaty be sufficient to prevent conflict in space? Will the absence of greater prohibitions lead to the placement of conventional weapons in orbit? What paths are available to prevent the degradation of space through war?

Moderator and panelists:

    • Daniel Porras , Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at the Secure World Foundation, Non-resident Fellow at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research
    • Paul Meyer, Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative (retired) to the United Nations and to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva , International Security and Adjunct Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University
    • Andrei Belousov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office at Geneva
    • Patricia Lewis, Director of the International Security Programme and Research Director of Conflict, Science & Transformation at Chatham House
    • Carine Claeys, EU Special Envoy for Space in the European External Action Service (EEAS)

** SCFV6 Tear Down the Wall | 5 March 2021Space Court Foundation – YouTube

From Secure World Foundation:

SWF Executive Director Peter Martinez and Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications Daniel Porras spoke on a panel, hosted by the Space Court Foundation, on the various “silos” that exist within the space community and how these groups might come together to develop a responsive governance framework for space.

** E55 – Getting Active on Debris in SpaceAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – Nikolai Khlystov – 23. February 2021 – supported by CYSAT – DAVOS 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Nikolai Khlystov, Lead, Shaping the Future of Mobility and Space at World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland talked about ways and initiatives that support sustainable peace in space.

** T+185: Bill Nelson Nominated as NASA Administrator – Main Engine Cut Off

President Biden nominated Bill Nelson to be the new NASA Administrator, so I check in on some of my past thoughts on NASA Administrators and Jim Bridenstine, talk about Bill Nelson’s history in space policy, and what the future may hold under a Bill Nelson NASA.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Mar.28.2021Leonard David and Barbara Sprungman-David discussed “multiple topics including space educational outreach and the impact of the pandemic on kids with Zoom learning and space“.

** The Space Show – Friday, Mar.26.2021Robert (Sam) Wilson discuss his paper on hypersonics for weapons and other purposes. Find more about the paper (pdf) at The Hypersonic Missile Debate | The Aerospace Corporation.

** Hotel Mars – The Space Show/John Bachelor Show – Wed. Mar.24.2021 – Anatoly Zak of talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the Perseverance on mars, the upcoming helicopter flight in the thin Martian atmosphere, Curiosity progress, plus we talked about the ISS leak in the Russian segment, the effort to repair it, the materials used in the repair, the impact of the leak on the remaining life of the ISS and related items. In the second segment, we discussed the agreement with China and Russia on establishing a lunar base together in the not too distant future.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Mar.23.2021Robert Zimmermanreturned for a two hour plus discussion ranging from the Mars rovers, especially Perseverance, to NASA marketing policy for Mars and the rover missions, to suborbital tourism, SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin news plus more.

** March 23, 2021 Zimmerman/Pratt podcast

** March 23, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


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