Space policy roundup – Sept.27.2021

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
15:25 Two launches for China’s space program

See also the summary: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 20 – 26 September 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global

** NASA’s Future in Low Earth Orbit: Considerations for ISS Extension and Transition – House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Witnesses included:

Ms. Robyn Gatens, Director, International Space Station, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Dr. Kathleen “Kate” Rubins, Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
|Mr. Jeffrey Manber, Chief Executive Officer, Nanoracks, LLC
Mr. Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow and Director of the Aerospace Security Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Captain William Shepherd (USN, Ret), former Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

** T+197: NASA’s Human Spaceflight Directorate Shakeup – Main Engine Cut Off

At a town hall this week, NASA announced that the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate will be split in two: the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, led by Jim Free, and the Space Operations Mission Directorate, led by Kathy Lueders. I discuss what this change might mean for the future of NASA’s human spaceflight program, and why I think it’s not something to worry about if you’re a Kathy Lueders stan.

** The Space Show – Sunday, Sept.26.2021Dr. David Livingston led an open lines program with callers who discussed a range of topics including the Inspiration 4 flight, lunar vs Martian colonies, UAP, space advocacy, and more.

** The Space Show – Friday, Sept.24.2021Jose Ocasio-Christian talked about “Caleus Partners and their new Communities in Space LLC which focused quite a bit on commercial space and investing“.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Sept.21.2021Dan Adamo discussed “Inspiration 4, SpaceX, Starlink, orbital debris removal, tourism, space settlement and more“.

** E72: Inspiring for a More Secure WorldAerospace Corp Space Policy (Vimeo) – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** Space Café WebTalk – Lynette Tan – 3. August 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

After a much-deserved summer break, during this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening caught up with Chief Executive of Singapore Space & Technology and “this century’s role model for space”, Lynette Tan to talk about Singapore’s role in space and her company’s commercial vision.

With an international career spanning the last three decades, Lynette has worked to increase trade viability through organisations like the Singapore Economic Development Board and GlaxoSmithKline. Before pivoting to the space sector, she studied chemical engineering degrees at Illinois and Stanford universities, and in 2018 conducted international space training at the Korean Aerospace Research Institute.

In her current role at Singapore Space and Technology Limited, a role which she was appointed to in 2020 after having successfully served as Executive Director and Director, Lynette has steered the pioneering space organisation towards regional space developments and is spearheading major trade and business-focused initiatives including start-up accelerators. …

** 2022 Orientation for IISL Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court CompetitionSpace Court Foundation – YouTube

Kai Uwe-Schrogl, President of IISL
Skip Smith, Chair of IISL Moot Court Committee
Chris Hearsey, Chair of Space Court Foundation
Regional Organizers from North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America
2020 World Championship Team
and Steph Tai, former competitor who used their competition experience while working at the US Department of Justice

** Podcast: 111 – Affordability, Productivity, Capability…Changing the Satellite Industry Dynamic Constellations, a New Space and Satellite Innovation Podcast / Constellations Podcast – YouTube

In this Constellations Podcast we are joined by Carissa Christensen, CEO and Founder of Bryce Tech, a leading aerospace and emerging markets consultancy and the publisher of multiple space tech-related reports including the most recent annual State of the Satellite Industry Report. Among today’s topics, Carissa will discuss the impact of advances in satellite manufacturing, including software-defined payloads, miniaturization, and virtualization. She discusses the evolution of ground systems given the advent of software-defined satellite networks and virtualization. We will also learn more about on-orbit services including repair, life extension and deorbiting and how they will change the industry dynamic. And, last but not least, Carissa will discuss some of the dramatic changes to the launch industry, including rideshare, reusable launch vehicles and increased affordability. For more information on all these topics and more, get a copy of “The State of the Satellite Industry Report”, published by Bryce Tech.

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Sept.21.2021Dan Adamo discussed “Inspiration 4, SpaceX, Starlink, orbital debris removal, tourism, space settlement and more“.

** September 24, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** September 22, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** September 21, 2021 Zimmerman/Pratt on Texas podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman


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