Space policy roundup – July.12.2021

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 Performs Spacewalk at the Chinese Space Station, Plethora of Launches in a Single Week – Ep 41Dongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover a lot more stories every week in our Newsletter (

This week, we discuss:
1) China’s 1st EVA with Tianhe (and 2nd ever Chinese EVA)
2) A Plethora of launches in a Single Week
3) Guangzhou & Tianjin Add Satellite Internet to their Development Plans

A summary of the program is provided here: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 5 July – 11 July 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** Episode 42 – What is Going on With This Idea of Space PollutionSpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

** T+193: Marcia Smith, – Main Engine Cut Off

Marcia Smith of joins me for a round up of space policy news, including how the Biden and Nelson administrations are doing so far, things that are being overlooked or sidelined, the Senate’s NASA Authorization bill, NASA’s Human Landing System contract and the battle for funding, the space tourism learning period, and we finish with a quick look at what China and Russia have been up to lately.

** The Space Cafe Podcast #31: Ian Carnelli, Preparing for the worst – SpaceWatch.Global

Episode 031 features a special guest Ian Carnelli. Next year, a small spacecraft will head for the double asteroid Didymos to slam into it with its brakes off. The name of the mission gives free rein to the imagination: Planetary Defense Mission. It is a joint mission between ESA and NASA, and it wants to test for the first time what has long been a topic in science fiction: can a deadly chunk of rock be deflected from its collision course with the earth or is a second event that took away the dinosaurs only a matter of time? The Planetary Defense Mission will find an answer. Whether it is the one we would like remains to be seen. Mission Director Ian Carnelli paints a fascinating picture of this unique mission.

** Space Policy and History Forum: The History and Politics of Space JunkNASA Video

The exponential rise in debris cluttering Earth orbits poses formidable technical, political, financial, and legal challenges, from threatening satellites and space stations to impacting Earth to potentially provoking international conflict. How is the space debris situation evolving? Who is responsible for the management of Earth orbit? How should we approach debris removal and growth mitigation? Can the history of orbital debris help us achieve a safe and sustainable future in space? Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and NASA for a virtual Space Policy and History Forum featuring a panel discussion on the politics of orbital debris within a historical context. Panelists include: • Jonathan McDowell, Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics • Lisa Ruth Rand, Assistant Professor of History, California Institute of Technology • Gabriel Swiney, Attorney Advisor, International Space Lawyer, U.S. State Department Moderated by Bhavya Lal, Senior Advisor for Budget and Finance, NASA.

** The Space Show – Friday, July.9.2021Dr. Matthew Weinzierl, a Harvard space economist, discussed “commercial space through the eyes of an economist”. See the paper, The Commercial Space Age Is Here – Harvard Business Review by Matt Weinzierl and Mehak Sarang.

** Hotel Mars: – The John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wed. July.7.2021Leonard David talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about the upcoming Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin suborbital spaceflights and about space tourism in general

** The Space Show – Tuesday, July.6.2021Aaron Bateman spoke about “national space security issues and history“.

** Registering Lunar Activities – Moon Dialogs Salon #14 – Moon Dialogs

This salon was part of our Sustainable Moon series and features the first public workshop of The Registration Project and featured a number of space law experts. The Registration Project was launched to address the shortcomings of existing law and practice regarding registration as humankind returns to the Moon. The Project is a joint venture of the Moon Village Association (MVA) and the Global Space Law Center (GSLC) at Cleveland State University.

** Insight – 3rd Summit for Space Sustainability | Secure World

** Space Café WebTalk – Katherine Courtney – 18. May 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening met with space strategist and former Chief Executive for the UK Space Agency, Katherine Courtney, to discuss space sustainability and her role as founder of education charity PrimarySpace.

Katherine is the current strategic adviser for Arqit, an encryption platform based in London. She was previously the regulator for UK License Space Operations and has worked with organisations such as Avascent, the Global Network on Sustainability in Space and MULTIPLY Space to create clear strategies, manage risks and multiply returns on innovation investment; bring government, researchers and businesses together to apply innovation to key policy aims; and support start-ups to scale-up.

This week, she and Torsten discuss the biggest risk of all – what will our contemporary use of space mean for future generations, and are we sleepwalking into the next catastrophe?

** Operating in a new space age: Does space security matter to industry?  Space Court Foundation – YouTube

** July 7, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black – Robert Zimmerman

** July 9, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black – Robert Zimmerman


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