Space policy roundup – May.24.2021

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 chief cites China’s Mars landing & moon plans in budget hearingVideoFromSpace

NASA’s new administrator Bill Nelson cites the advancements that China is making with a Mars landing and potential landings on the moon’s south pole in a House Appropriations Committee hearing for the space agency’s 2022 budget. See photos from China’s Mars rover:…

** Zhurong Sends Back 1st Images of Mars, Tianhe Module Tests, SASTIND Smallsat Regulations – Ep 34Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! Without further ado, please find below the news update from the week of 17 – 23 May:

1) Another Fruitful Week for China’s Space Exploration Program
2) Completion of first batch of tests for the Tianhe Module
3) SASTIND Publishes New Regulations on Smallsat Manufacturing
4) Opinion Piece by Galaxy Space’s Xu Ming on China SatNet

Do remember to check out also our weekly newsletter which does a broader coverage, going over pieces of news that we don’t have time to discuss in the weekly podcast (

See also Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 17 May – 23 May 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global

** Moonlight: bringing connectivity to the Moon – ESA

As international teams across the world forge plans to revisit the Moon, ESA is elaborating how best to facilitate this exploration. As part of its Moonlight initiative, the agency is encouraging European space companies to put a constellation of telecommunications and navigation satellites around the Moon. To succeed, the proposed lunar missions will require reliable navigation and telecommunication capabilities. Building these independently would be costly, complex and inefficient. If this work were outsourced to a consortium of space companies, each individual mission would become more cost-efficient. Having one system dedicated to lunar telecommunications and navigation could reduce design complexity, liberating missions to concentrate on their core activities. Because missions could rely on this dedicated telecommunications and navigation service, they would be lighter. This would make space for more scientific instruments or other cargo.

** The Space Show – Friday, May.21.2021Dr. Namrata Goswami discussed “space policy, Artemis, the Biden Space Policy, China and space plus more“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, May.19.2021Chris Carberry of Explore Mars Inc. talked about their upcoming Mars Innovation Forum (May 25-27, 2021, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT Daily) and about the Space Drink Association.

** E60: Challenges of the US Space Industrial Base – Aerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** 102 – Industrial IoT, Cubesat Constellations, and Getting VSATs to Work With LEOConstellations Podcast

** Space Café WebTalk – Aarti Holla-Maini – 30. March 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Café Webtalk “33 minutes with…”, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening, had the chance to speak with Aarti Holla-Maini, who, since 2004, has been the Secretary-General of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA). ESOA is a CEO-driven satellite association, with 22 satellite operators from across multiple orbits as members.

Aarti is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on space technology, the Global 5G Coalition Network, and the Essential Digital Infrastructure & Services Network.

Starting her career at Airbus, Aarti has over 22 years’ experience in the aerospace industry. This week, she shared her insights into how an improved understanding of satellite communications by society and government can create a better, more inclusive, and secure global society.

** May 21, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** May 19, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

** Launching: The Space Bar Show – A RetrospectiveSpace Court Foundation – YouTube

Signal Detected: (0:12) Intro: (0:54) Two space lawyers walk into a space bar: (1:03) Fletcher’s Used Satellite Emporium Commercial: (5:18) JG Relay Commercial: (6:20) In walks Scorpio…(“Space Junk Killed That Dude!”): (7:14) Power of Lox, by Dave and the Daves: (12:00) Don’t Land So Close To Me, by Dave and the Daves: (15:57) The History of Space Law (intro): (18:42) The Long Lost von Braun Zoom Call: (19:12) Interview with Jim Dunstan: (24:22) Safety Zone, by Dave and the Daves: (29:52) Last Yuri’s Night, by Dave and the Daves: (32:38) Happy Birthday von Karman!: (36:22) Stellar Decisis Trailer: (37:24) We should leave…: (39:17) Credits: (39:48)

** Welcome to Destination Station!ISS National Lab


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