Space policy roundup – May.11.2021

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


** Long March 5B Rocket Reenters the Atmosphere, JZYJ Tests Their Latest Methalox Engine – Ep 32Dongfang Hour – YouTube

1) China’s Long March 5B first stage re-enters Earth’s atmosphere and (seemingly) lands in the Indian Ocean …
2) JZYJ Completes Hot Test of Whole Engine …
3) CASSPACE announces B+ Funding Round …
4) OneSpace “close to” raising a new round of funding for its Linglong solid and liquid fueled rockets, plans to IPO in 2022 …

See also Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 3 May – 9 May 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global

** Episode 36: Thoughts on Long March 5B ReentrySpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

** Space Café WebTalk – Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland #2 – 25. March 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In the latest Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland”, Steven Freeland and Torsten Kriening welcomed Prof Tanja Masson-Zwaan and Prof PJ Blount to the historic Café Barerra in Leiden.

Over croissant and coffee, the panelists, along with a lively audience engaged in a revealing and insightful discussion dealing with many legal issues arising from everyday space activities, including the following:

the proposed Dubai Space Court
the unique features of commercial space contracts
how to resolve space disputes
what to do when international events overlap with the delivery of space satellites (in this case from Japan to Myanmar)
making movies in space
space tourism (gone mad?)
the problems and benefits of large constellations of small satellites
our ‘rights’ to a dark sky
the overall balance needed to determine what might be ‘appropriate’ space activities in the future
The panelists also gave their ‘one word’ to describe the wonders of space law – a tradition for all guests at the Space Café Law Breakfasts. Space law certainly means many things to many people and is such an interesting and relevant concept, even to the non-lawyers in the audience.

** The Dark Arts in Space: Developments in Counterspace Weapons (Video) | Secure World

Secure World Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a virtual event on April 8, 2021, to discuss our new reports on global counterspace capabilities. Analysts from SWF and CSIS provided summaries of changes over the past year along with the overall trends and implications for space security.

Moderator Kaitlyn Johnson is joined by Brian Weeden, Victoria Samson, and Joe Moye as they discuss their latest reports and answer audience questions.

** 101 – Zero Trust, Global Data Interoperability and Breaking SilosConstellations Podcast

Listen to Nicolas Chaillan, U.S. Air Force Chief Software Officer, describe the importance of the U.S. DoD to bring relevant software features to the war-fighter in a timely manner. Space and Cyber are big domains that were often overlooked in the past; however, the next battles are definitely going to involve them. The warfighter will need access across all domains to share not only data, but the ability to reuse code and software. Mr. Chaillan talked about zero trust being foundational to enable connectivity across systems while ensuring people only have access to what is appropriate to their needs. He described how Cloud One and Platform One will bring about this interoperability; Cloud One providing access to the cloud and Platform One bringing DevSecOps – continuous integration, continuous delivery of software. He also provided information on the Iron Bank, a centralized repository of hardened containers for the industry to use as they pursue development alongside the DoD. He discussed having containers from the Iron Bank and the entire stack instantiating automatically across classification levels as being game changers. Mr. Chaillan talked about increasing the cyber posture of the department by having more eyes on code and more people to bring back value. Timeliness is essential, so there is always the most updated version effectively instantiating a DevSecOps environment at the edge – whether on a jet, on a bomber, anywhere required in the space system.

** E58: Andy Weir- Sci-Fi Author & The Thrill of SpaceAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** T+188: Starship SN15, and the HLS Protests – Main Engine Cut Off

** The Space Show – Sunday, May.9.2021Dr. Casey Handmer discussed “SLS analysis, SpaceX, Starship & the SpaceX lunar lander, market and cost analysis, Blue Origin, space stations, Casey’s blog, nuclear propulsion, Starlink and much more“.


** The Space Show – Friday, May.7.2021Tom McCarthy of Motiv Space Systems discussed “space robotics, Mars, and more”.

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wednesday, May.3.2021Rod Pyle spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about space settlement, which the National Space Society (NSS)’s quarterly publication Ad Astra devoted a special edition, “Living In Space“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, May.4.2021Col. (USAF Ret) Karlton Johnson, Chairman of the National Space Society Board of Governors, discussed “the NSS, leadership, the space value proposition, space and our future, national security space, the meaning of the “high ground, space settlement, Ad Astra and much more”.

** May 7, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** May 5, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


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