Space policy roundup – Sept.13.2021

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 Smartphones to Adopt Satellite Connectivity, Recap on Provincial Space PoliciesDongfang 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
01:01 Chinese smartphones and satellite connectivity
11:08 Recap on provincial space policies
Two launches for China’s space program

See a summary of the program at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 6 – 12 September 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** NSS Town Hall: The NSS Policy Committee with Randy Gigante and Charles EllzeyNational Space Society

For our September 9 Town Hall, NSS presented two leaders from our policy committee. As a grass-roots advocacy and educational organization, the National Space Society takes positions on space activities from NASA to industry to commercial and entrepreneurial spaceflight. Did you ever wonder how the decision is made to take a position on a particular issue? The National Space Society’s Policy Committee discusses, debates, and formulates the positions that the NSS takes to advance the cause of human beings living and working in communities beyond the Earth. …

** How reforms can further accelerate the pace of Indian Space sectorGeospatial World

The Government of India has recently announced policy reforms to boost the country’s Space sector. With a clear focus on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ or a self-reliant India, the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe), has been formed to bridge the gap between the government and private industry. This is what the industry experts had to say about the impact of the new policy reforms.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Sept.12.2021John Bucknell talked about space solar power (SSP) and about the plans of his company Virtus Solis to develop commercial SSP.

** The Space Show – Friday, Sept.10.2021Dr. Namrata Goswami discussed U.S. space and national security in Asia post Afghanistan.

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – Wed. Sept.8.2021Stephanie Thomas of Princeton Satellite Systems spoke with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston about about fusion for in-space propulsion.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Sept.8.2021Chris Blackerby gave an “update … on Astrocale with its life extension space hardware process plus their work on orbital debris removal“.

** Space, Climate Change, and International Cooperation | Secure World

The need for accurate and precise data on the current state of the planet has never been more urgent. Space is playing an increasingly important role in enabling us to monitor and tackle climate change, helping the global community gain a better picture of the urgency to take action.

The Secure World Foundation and the British Embassy co-hosted a webinar delving into this timely topic. It focused on the applications of space technologies, such as satellites, to help track climate change on Earth and provide critical data for scientists and policy makers, how space will fit into 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) being held in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021, and the UK’s overall global leadership in climate action. The event also underscored the imperative to work through multilateral fora and international agreements to address this global priority.

** Podcast: 110 – NGSO Constellations Everywhere, Déjà Vu all Over Again, and What the Future Really HoldsConstellations, a New Space and Satellite Innovation Podcast / Constellations Podcast – YouTube

On this Constellations Podcast, we’ll talk about the exponential growth of Non-Geostationary-Orbit (NGSO) satellite constellations, their commercial and go-to-market plans, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in realizing a bandwidth filled future. Well over 50,000 NGSO communications smallsats are planned for launch over the next decade. SpaceX, Amazon Project Kuiper, SES, Telesat, OneWeb and many other constellation providers are promising to transform the space industry with thousands of NGSOs beaming tens of Terabits per second to the ground to satisfy a seemingly endless demand for bandwidth. During this episode, Nathan de Ruiter, the Managing Director of Euroconsult Canada will share insights into the go-to-market plans and commercial strategy for these NGSO constellations and the implications from a business model, cost, funding and ground segment perspective.

** Space Café WebTalk – Prof. Enrico Stoll – 6. July 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening had the opportunity to speak with one of the industry’s “hidden gems”, Professor Enrico Stoll, who is the new Chair of Space Technology at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany’s first technical university. Born and raised in the former German Democratic Republic and with a 20-year career spanning several continents, holding academic positions in Dresden, Moscow, Massachusetts, Munich and Sydney, he is an expert in aerospace engineering and astronautics. In his current role, he researches space technology, debris removal, manufacturing in space and space robotics. This week, he and Torsten discuss TU Berlin’s legacy of space innovation as well as Professor Stoll’s own research into nano-sats and space debris. A crash course in TU Berlin’s 30-year small-sat history …

** Gordon Roesler – Why Do We Need Commercial Logistics Systems for Space?Cold Star Technologies – YouTube

Robots In Space founder Dr. Gordon Roesler returns to the Cold Star Project following his appearance as a speaker at the State of the Space Industrial Base 2021 event. We’re looking at the need for commercial logistics systems for space, and why the US needs to invest in these in a hurry. …

** September 10, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

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


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