Space policy roundup – May.17.2021

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):

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** China’s Zhurong Rover Lands on Mars, Galactic Energy Goes International, iSpace’s Tank Test – Ep 33Dongfang 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 10 – 16 May:

1) Chinese Tianwen-1 Mars Missions attempts Atmospheric Entry and Landing of the Zhurong Rover
2) Chinese Launch Company Galactic Energy signs Collaboration Agreement with China Huateng Group to Develop International Launch Opportunities
3) iSpace Completes a Test of its Single-Layer Common Bulkhead Fuel Tank
4) CGWIC to open an office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to promote BeiDou Adoption

See also the program summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 10 May – 16 May 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** Douglas Loverro – Can We Solve Geopolitical Problems In Space? – Cold Star Project S02E79Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Past Past Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations at NASA and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Douglas Loverro is on the Cold Star Project. We’re discussing geopolitics, national security, and the space industry.

** E59: Digital Engineering & US Air ForceAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk YOUNG GLOBAL TALENTS – Prof. Michelle Hanlon – 25. March 2021 – spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

This Space Café Young Global Talents featured Prof Michelle Hanlon, Space Lawyer, Co-founder For All Moonkind, Co-Director Air and Space Law at UMiss, USA, in conversation with Markus Payer, Editor-in-Chief of SpaceWatch.Global and Frederik Wissner, representative of ELSA Frankfurt am Main, Germany. ELSA is the renowned European Law Students Association.

“Law in Space – What for?” – is the theme of our first session. Very basic. Very relevant for SpaceWatchers and those who want to become it.

** Competing for Space Superiority? | SCFVideo9Space Court Foundation – YouTube

Outer space is often described as the “ultimate high-ground”, as the prize at the end of a cosmic race. The winner will be granted the limitless advantages provided by “space-superiority”. Is that really true? Is that the way everyone sees political dynamics playing out in space? Is that the way it needs to be? Join us for an in-depth discussion, led by Dr Bleddyn Bowen, on the realities behind the rhetoric of arms racing, rivalries and other types of hype in space.

Moderator: Dr Bleddyn Bowen, University of Leicester


• Associate Professor Alice Gorman, Flinders University
• Dr Cameron Hunter, University of Leicester
• Lauren Napier, PhD Researcher, University of Northumbria
• Professor Chris Newman, University of Northumbria
• Anuradha Damale, Assistant Researcher, VERTIC

** T+189: Stephen Forbes, DARPA Blackjack Program Manager – Main Engine Cut Off

Stephen Forbes, the Program Manager for DARPA’s Blackjack project, joins me to talk about DARPA and its interaction with the rest of the Department of Defense, how they approach space initiatives, where Blackjack came from, where it’s going, what they hope to accomplish with it, and how it fits into the near-future of the industry.

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

SpaceX successfully flew and landed Starship SN15 last week, amid protests of their NASA HLS award by Blue Origin and Dynetics.

** Britain’s First Astronaut | Podcasts | Naked Scientists

In a podcast exclusive Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, joins the Space Boffins 30 years after her 1991 Juno mission. She talks about the extraordinary selection process, training in the Soviet Union and the way she was treated on her return. Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson are also joined by author of the Martian, Andy Weir, to chat about his latest book and why we should all be more optimistic about the future. Plus the sounds of Mars with Jason Achilles Mezilis, the musician behind the Mars microphone… and commemorating the death of Apollo 11 legend Mike Collins. It’s another epic podcast… how do we do it?

** The Space Show – Sunday, May.16.2021 – Open Lines program covered “a wide range of topics including the latest Tic Tac video, gravity issues, pipeline hacking, electric cars, space mining and more”.

** The Space Show – Friday, May.14.2021John Jossy discussed various “hot” topics in the NewSpace and related worlds.

** The Space Show – Thursday, May.13.2021Frank White talked about “in detail the Fourth edition of his classic book, The Overview Effect [Amazon commission link]. New interviews, new information, a great discussion.

** Hotel Mars (John Batchelor Show/The Space Show)Dr. Jonathan McDowell spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the Chinese Long March 5B rocket design and the uncontrolled reentry which took place near the Maldives Islands“.

** The Space Show – Thursday, April.29.2021Rod Pyle and Aggie Kobrin or the National Space Society (NSS) discussed Ad Astra magazine’s Living In Space Special Issue which focuses on space settlement. The second part of our discussion addressed the all-virtual, free ISDC 2021 event scheduled for June 24-27, 2021

** Special advisor Ronald van der Breggen on LEO-satellites and KebNis piece of the satellite market  – Opinion: Counting backwards in LEO – SpaceWatch.Global

00:10 Who is Ronald van der Breggen
02:33 GEO vs. LEO Satellites
04:30 Practical applications for LEO Satellites
09:38 Which geographical region is the leader in the industry
11:11 Kebni’s piece of the satellite market

** May 14, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** May 12, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


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