Space policy roundup – Apr.19.2021

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


** NASA Picks SpaceX for Artemis Human Lunar Lander Development – NASA

NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to explore more of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, and the agency has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface.

The agency’s powerful Space Launch System rocket will launch four astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft for their multi-day journey to lunar orbit. There, two crew members will transfer to the SpaceX human landing system (HLS) for the final leg of their journey to the surface of the Moon. After approximately a week exploring the surface, they will board the lander for their short trip back to orbit where they will return to Orion and their colleagues before heading back to Earth.

** Human Landing System Announcement Media Teleconference – NASA Video – Starts at the 9:30 point

** Spring 2021 Space Policy and Politics Briefing – The Planetary Society

A new year has brought a new administration, power shifts in Congress and new priorities across the U.S. The Planetary Society’s advocacy for planetary science and exploration has never been more important. Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan is once again joined by Senior Space Policy Advisor and Chief Advocate Casey Dreier, Chief of Washington Operations Brendan Curry and Society CEO Bill Nye. New to this edition of our semi-annual update is Georgia Institute of Technology planetary scientist Britney Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt is vice chair of the Society Board of Directors’ Space Policy Committee.

** Key Chinese Spaceplane Technology Tested, Probes to the Edge of the Heliosphere – Ep 29Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, the news update from the week of 12 – 18 April.

1)  CASIC Institute tests spaceplane propulsion technology …
2)  Wu Weiren, chief-designer of China’s lunar exploration program, discusses China’s “Double One Hundred” goal …
3) A Report on China’s Aerospace Manufacturing Capabilities …

** TCL Joins the Space Race, a New Launch Site in Ningbo, Aerospace Propulsion Round of Funding – Ep 28Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, the news update from the week of 5 – 11 April.

1)TCL: A New Tech Player in the Chinese Space Industry? …
2) A Few More Details Revealed on China’s Commercial Launch Site …
3) New (Pre-A) round of funding of 100M RMB from Aerospace Propulsion …

** NASA and the Rise of Commercial Space: A Symposium to Examine the Meaning(s) and Context(s) of Commercial Space | NASA

From activities in low-Earth orbit to the Artemis program, the commercial space industry is beginning to take on an increased role as innovator in both space access, commerce, and exploration. This growth of commercial space over the past decades offers the potential for a new paradigm for space exploration—one in which industry transitioned from supplier to partner. Still, many questions remain spanning from the most seemingly consequential “How will humanity explore the Moon and Mars?” to the more basic, “What is Commercial Space?” This virtually hosted symposium explores this transformation and examines the historical context for answering these questions.

Videos are available for the presentations. Here is a sampling:

*** Ken Davidian, What is Commercial Space?

*** Rick Sturdevant, Evolution of Commercial Space and Its Integration with US Military Space

*** Steven Freeland, International Law in a Commercial Space ‘World’

*** PJ Blount, Fragmentation of American Commercial Space Law

** Towards Space Arbitration and Beyond | SCFVideo8Space Court Foundation – YouTube

Earlier this year, the UAE announced the establishment of a “Court of Space”, a tribunal dedicated to dispute resolution on matters related to space activities. This development further underscores tremendous growth in space activities and the need for legal communities to catch up. On April 14, 2021, join the Space Court Foundation and Clifford Chance for an in-depth discussion on the future of dispute resolution and how to continue applying our legal tools to our activities in a novel environment

Panel 1: Initiatives in the Dispute Resolution Sphere
Panel 2: Expectations from the Space Law World …

** Space Debris – ESA

On 20 April 2021, ESA will host the 8th European Conference on Space Debris from Darmstadt, in Germany. Scientists, engineers, industry experts and policy makers will spend the virtual four day conference discussing the latest issues surrounding space debris. They will exchange the latest research, try to come up with solutions for potential problems and define the future direction of any necessary action.

** E56 – Operating the Space ForceAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** E57: Protecting Earth’s Airspace from Space DebrisAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – Dr. Jessica West – 16. February 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Jessica West, Senior Researcher at Project Ploughshares, Waterloo, Canada talked about why does peace matter in space.

This session explored the role of civil society in space governance. Jessica is a long-time editor of the Space Security Index and frequent participant at the United Nations First Committee, Conference on Disarmament, and the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. As both a researcher and an advocate for the peaceful use of outer space, her recent work involves mapping the normative landscape in outer space as a way to inform better security practices, and highlighting the civilian consequences of conflict.

** The Space Cafe Podcast #25: Alice Gorman – Space Archaeologist and why Elon Musk will never call her back. – SpaceWatch.Global

Episode 025 features a special guest Alice Gorman.

Alice Gorman has brought together astrophysics and archaeology to create the fascinating field of space archaeology. She talks about what exactly it is and why it could be crucial to the future of space travel in this fascinating episode of the Space Cafe Podcast.

* The Space Show – Sunday, Apr.18.2021Dr. Michael Gleason discussed “his papers linked on the blog for this show. In addition, we spent significant time on space debris issues with regards to LEO and the increasing population of satellites.

** The Space Show – Friday, Apr.16.2021Davide Sivolella discussed “his new book, Space Mining and Manufacturing: Off-World Resources and Revolutionary Engineering Techniques (Springer Praxis Books) [Amazon commission link]”.

** Hotel Mars – John Bachelor Show/The Space Show – Wed, Apr.14.2021Dr. Jeffrey Foust of Space News spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the nomination of retired Senator Bill Nelson of Florida to be the next NASA Administrator“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Apr.13.2021Dr. Martin Elvis discussed “lunar development, getting power to the lunar sites, specifically the South Pole and building giant solar towers at the Moon’s south pole to be able to provide multiple GW of solar power to the sites. Also discussed were possible lunar governance issues.”

Papers discussed:

  1.… “Towers on the Peaks of Eternal Light: Quantifying the Available Solar Power”
  2. https://royalsocietypublish… “Concentrated Lunar Resources”
  3.…. Towers On The Moon”

** April 16, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** April 14, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast



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