Space policy roundup – Aug.30.2021

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


** 2021 Space Symposium | NASA Administrator Bill NelsonNASA Video

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson speaks on our return to the Moon with Artemis, upcoming milestones for our science missions, the value of NASA in our everyday life, and more. Learn how NASA innovations improve daily life, and how our unique mission provides benefits in big and small ways: to create jobs, jumpstart businesses, and grow the economy.

** What The Next Space Station May Look Like – CNBC

The International Space Station will likely be retired within the decade. NASA hopes to save money by having commercial companies build the next space outpost. Some companies including Sierra Space and Axiom Space are already working on a commercial space station. But the question is, will these stations be ready in time?

** Turbulent Week for US/China Space Relations, 1 km-long Space Station Project, 2 Launches in the WeekDongfang Hour – YouTube

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

00:00 Introduction
01:06 Turbulent week in US-China space relations
09:00 2 launches in a week
China’s Natural Science Foundation publishes the “Guidelines for the 14th Five-Year Plan first batch of projects”, hints at research on a 1-km long super space station

See also the summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 23 – 29 August 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global

** Episode 46: “Space Rush” Not “Space Race”Space Thoughts (YouTube) – Space Law & Policy Solutions/Michael Listner

It’s time to change the messaging from “space race” to “space rush.”

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wednesday, Aug.25.2021Robert (Rob) Godwin talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about “the overall Gemini 5 mission and lessons learned going forward on the march to the Moon“.

** The Space Show – Thursday, Aug.26.2021Jeff Shesol discussed his

new book, Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War, John Glenn in-depth discussions, Mercury 7 detailed discussions, the Soviet space program, the U.S. program, Glenn in the senate, Glenn flies in the shuttle and more.

**The Space Show – Friday, Aug.27.2021Charles Precourt of Northrup Grumman discussed “Artemis, SLS, solid rocket boosters (SRBs), SRB propellant, lunar return timelines, human lunar lander, Gateway, Gateway lunar orbits, plus much more“.

**  The Space Show – Sunday, Aug.29.2021Dr. Paul Jaffe provided “a detailed SSP and Power Beaming discussion you must hear“.

** NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Completed Testing | NASA

Engineering teams have completed the James Webb Space Telescope’s long-spanning comprehensive testing regimen at Northrop Grumman’s facilities. Webb’s many tests and checkpoints were designed to ensure that the world’s most complex space science observatory will operate as designed once in space. Now that observatory testing has concluded, shipment operations have begun. This includes all the necessary steps to prepare Webb for a safe journey through the Panama Canal to its launch location in Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America.

** NISAR – Helping Farmers from SpaceNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NISAR will provide maps of developing crop area on a global basis every two weeks. Observations will be uninterrupted by weather and provide up-to-date information on the large-scale trends that affect international food security. The NASA–ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, a collaboration between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), will provide all-weather, day/night imaging of nearly the entire land and ice masses of the Earth repeated 4-6 times per month. NISAR’s orbiting radars will image and track subtle movement of the Earth’s land and its sea ice, and even provide information about what is happening below the surface. NISAR will also provide information on crop area and forest biomass over time and with enough detail to reveal changes on field scales.

** 109 – Satellite Data, Visualization, and Finding Needles in the HaystackConstellations, a New Space and Satellite Innovation Podcast / Constellations Podcast – YouTube

On this Constellations Podcast learn how a Hollywood visual effects company is now helping satellite operations to visualize data. Listen to Tim McBride, President of Zoic Labs, describe how his company is using their experience in visual effects to bring sense to the complex and massive amounts of data coming from satellites. Mr. McBride shares how Zoic Labs has grown from their first project of mapping the world with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to helping the U.S. Space Force and Air Force Research Laboratory see things in a different light.

** Space Café WebTalk – Danica Remy – 20. June 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening caught up with California-based Danica Remy to discuss all things asteroids. With a career in social justice movements and “fabulous innovation”, Danica serves as President of the B612 Foundation, which leads private sector efforts in research, analysis and systems design to protect Earth from asteroids. Danica also co-founded the international program, Asteroid Day, which takes place each year on 30 June. The initiative is supported by a raft of rockstars (and rockstar scientists!), as well as governments, international space agencies and satellite companies. In 2016, it was sanctioned by the United Nations as an official day to increase global awareness and education of asteroids.

Asteroids are all around us, but have people forgotten the threat they pose to Earth since Armageddon hit our screens over 23 years ago? Or is an asteroid impact the existential crisis always lurking in the back of our minds? This week, Danica and Torsten discuss what measures the “new space revolution” is implementing to save our planet from a Hollywood doomsday scenario and how Asteroid Day is raising awareness of this issue. …

** August 27, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** August 25, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman


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