Space policy roundup – July.26.2021

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


** Episode 44: Let’s Talk About AstronautsSpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

Discussing some of the issues around the use of the word “astronaut” as it relates to commercial space activities.

** Episode 43 – Update: ViaSat Motion to StaySpace Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

Update on the Order issued on ViaSat’s Motion to Stay (Preliminary Injunction) in D.C. Court of Appeals.

** Stellar Decisis – Case No. 1 –  Space Court Foundation – YouTube

Stellar Decisis examines how courts in the not too distant future might handle disputes in space, using real international law to argue hypothetical but plausible cases involving future space activity. In the premiere of the pilot episode, one nation uses its nuclear arsenal to destroy an asteroid threatening Earth in the year 2050, with the unfortunate consequence of raining radioactive debris down on the far side of the Moon. A mix of governments and private companies file claims against that nation for damages suffered by lunar industry, and bring the first case to call for the Space Court.

Special Guest Justices: President Dr. Alissa Haddaji, Justice David Koplow, and Justice Chris Newman, PhD.
Advocate for the Applicant: Ryan Noble
Advocate for the Respondent: Jessica Noble

** Chongqing Builds Space-based Solar Power Base, EO Analytics Startups & Henan Disaster Relief EffortDongfang 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 officially kicks off the construction of the country’s first space-based solar power industry base in Chongqing
2) Chinese Earth observation data analytics startups participate in Henan disaster relief effort after the recent floods
3) A new series of Yaogan satellites launched on board a Long March 2C, with Tianqi-15 as secondary payload.

** The Space Show – Sunday, July.25.2021 – Dr. Kelly Weinersmith talked about “the future of humans in space, settlement, space tourism, policy, suborbital and more“.

** The Space Show – Friday, July.23.2021Andrew Chaikin talked about “his new space book folio, Apollo 15, space tourism, commercial space and more“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, July.21.2021Rand Simberg discussed

the significance of July 20th, 52 years ago with Apollo. We talked about www.evoloterra. com (see blog to hear the show referenced) Blue Orgin and their flight earlier in the day, suborbital companies, going to space for the wrong and right reasons and much more.

** The Space Cafe Podcast #32: Jacques Arnould, a tricky question for the entire space industry – SpaceWatch.Global

Jacques Arnould is paid to ask uncomfortable questions. As an ethicist at the French space agency CNES, Jacques puts his fingers on places that people sometimes like to ignore: such as the question: why we do what we do. Why money is spent on this mission and not on another, and above all, why we want to do spaceflight in the first place.

** E67: Building Normentum – Norms of Behavior in SpaceAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Edmund Burke – What Does It Take To Get On The Test Launch Schedule At Vandenberg AFB? – CSP S02E81Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

What does it take to get on the test launch schedule at Vandenberg Air Force Base? How do so many organizations unnecessarily delay their time because of unexpected but avoidable issues? Edmund Burke of Space Information Labs joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to explain range safety compliance – happenings, trends, success, and failure. We discuss:

– The shift to Autonomous Flight Termination and Space Based Range
– Brief explanation of flight termination systems
– Advantages and necessity of intelligent lithium battery systems
– RadTol BMS, and radiation tolerant avionics
– Testing and documentation required to fly (RCC 319-19)
– A decade of watching companies fall short on promises because the didn’t understand what it takes
– Danger of vertical integration for startups
– Important lessons learned.

Edmund Burke served as an Air Force Program Manager and Project Director for many years prior to founding Space Information Laboratories in 2004. He served as the Space Lift Range System, Range Instrumentation and Metric Track lead for both Vandenberg AFB and Cape Canaveral, FL.

** Space Café WebTalk – Thomas Schildknecht – 1. June 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In this week’s Space Café WebTalk Prof. Thomas Schildknecht, Director of Swiss Optical Ground Station and Geodynamics Observatory Zimmerwald and Vice-Director of Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland, talked about Sustainability beyond (our) planet protection from the perspective of an astronomer.

Human-caused climate change, global pandemics, ocean acidification and species extinctions may eventually threaten the collapse of humanity, while others argue that for political or economic reasons we should allow industrial development to continue without restrictions.

Can we afford that?

What role plays space?

** July 23, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** July 21, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman


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