Space policy roundup – Aug.9.2021

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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** Chinese Commercial “SAR Wars” Rages, iSpace Fails Hyperbola-1 Y3 Launch, Nebula-M Rocket First HopDongfang 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 (

See also the summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 2 – 8 August 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** Alan Stern says it’s time for suborbital science – The Planetary Society

An experiment rode next to Richard Branson when he rocketed to the edge of space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo last month. Planetary scientist Alan Stern says we’ve begun a new era of affordable space research thanks to this vehicle and Blue Origin’s New Shepard. Alan also delivers an update on the New Horizons mission, including a new, definitive collection of everything we’ve learned about Pluto. Then it’s Olympic gold for Bruce Betts in our weekly What’s Up segment.

** Everything You Need to Know about the Chinese Space StationDongfang Hour – YouTube

China has been swiftly assembling its Chinese space station, basically a large 60+ tons space laboratory that will be orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 350-450 km. Over the period 2021-2022 alone, 11 launches will take place, sending 3 core modules of the space station as well as 4 crewed missions (Shenzhou) and 4 cargo missions (Tianzhou). But did you know that China’s crewed spaceflight projects date all the way back to the 1960s? In the episode, we cover “everything you need to know” about the Chinese Space Station, from a historical perspective to a detailed timeline of the station assembly. All the essentials of the CSS should be covered here, but we will have other dedicated episodes to decipher more specific technical details and features of the space station.

** Listen: How outer space is reshaping Texas real estate – Houston Chronicle

** The Space Show – Sunday, Aug.8.2021 – Open lines program with David Livingston discussing a range of topics with listeners and callers. “One key topic was the growth of naysayers about commercial space, tourism and such. Many callers on this topic, suggestions for a debate and possible guest suggestions.”

**  The Space Show – Tuesday, Aug.3.2021Dr. Pat Patterson of Utah State Univ. spoke about the SmallSat Conference for 2021.

** The Space Cafe Podcast #033: Val Munsami – why affordable space tech for anyone comes at a price – SpaceWatch.Global

** E69: Evolving the AF Academy for Space Force NeedsAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – REGIONAL RUSSIA – 4. June 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

Elina Morozova in conversation with Dr Viсtor Strelets, a high-caliber expert in the field of radio frequencies and satellite orbits with 40-years’ practical experience, including within the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), regional telecommunications organizations, and the telecommunications administration of the Russian Federation.

Viсtor Strelets has dealt for the last 40 years with various aspects of managing the orbit and frequency resource. Having defended a dissertation on the international legal protection of frequency assignments to space services and systems, Dr Strelets gained hands-on experience and industry knowledge in Russian civil service and at specialized international fora. This includes ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences, World Radiocommunication Conferences, and the Radio Regulations Board which was earlier chaired by Dr Strelets. …

** August 6, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** August 4, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman


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