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):
- Commercial human spaceflight:
- After a splendid flight test, NASA now has a new ride to space | Ars Technica
- SpaceX Crew Dragon splashes down to complete historic NASA mission – CNBC
- Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana talks SpaceX and that historic splashdown | kare11.com
- SpaceX won the race against Boeing to send NASA astronauts to space – CNBC
- Safety panel concerned about quality control on Boeing crew capsule – Spaceflight Now
- More quickly than anyone expected, NASA embraces reuse for human flights | Ars Technica
- Commercial space:
- Space Tourism Industry Emergence: Description and Data, Ken Davidian – New Space Vol.8 No. 2, June.2020
- Global Space Economy Grows in 2019 to $423.8 Billion, The Space Report 2020 Q2 Analysis Shows – Space Foundation
- ASAP To Keep Eye on NASA’s Safety Review of Commercial Suborbital Flights – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Congressional space:
- House Passes FY2021 Appropriations for NASA, NOAA and FAA – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Lucas and Babin: Appropriations Bill Fails to Prioritize NASA’s Human Exploration Activities | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Top GOP senator predicts moon goal faces funding challenges – POLITICO
- House passes spending bill with flat NASA funding – SpaceNews
- Senate pandemic relief bill offers $1.5 billion for NASA – SpaceNews
- Irregular disorder and the NASA budget – The Space Review
- NASA programs:
- Space law:
- #SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space Law at the Crossroads: Contextualizing the Artemis Accords and the Space Resources Executive Order – SpaceWatch.Global
- Op-ed | Lunapolitics: 10 points to consider – SpaceNews
- #SpaceWatchGL Opinion: How to bridge the legal-voluntary divide in space security – SpaceWatch.Global
- US states space:
- US national security:
- America’s Space Strategy Comes of Age | Opinion – Newsweek
- Slow Going for Space Force Acquisition Reform – Air Force Magazine
- America Can Protect Its Satellites Without Kinetic Space Weapons – War on the Rocks
- Air Force Wants More Time On Space Acquisition Czar – Breaking Defense
- Space Force acquisition reforms awaiting White House approval – SpaceNews
- U.S. SPACECOM nominee Dickinson says countries must be held accountable for actions in space – SpaceNews
- DoD Needs Plans To Protect Commercial Space Industry, Says New Study – Breaking Defense
- State of the Space Industrial Base 2020: A Time for Action to Sustain US Economic & Military Leadership in Space – USSF-DIU-AFRL (pdf)
- Major north China port switches to BeiDou navigation system – Xinhua
- China’s self-developed BDS officially opens for global users with upgraded services – Xinhua
- Commentary: BeiDou navigation system charting peaceful space use for humanity – Xinhua
- China’s Mars probe completes first orbital correction – Xinhua
- Isro will allow private sector to set up own launchpad at Sriharikota: K Sivan – Times of India
- Space dept lists responsibilities and roles of IN-SPACE – Hindustan Times
- India must harness potential of global space industry: Kiran Kumar | Deccan Herald
- Taking India-Gulf Cooperation Into Space – The Diplomat
- Roscosmos Teases Names of Next Year’s ISS Tourist Group, First in History – Sputnik International
- Two space tourists to blast off to ISS in late 2021 – Roscosmos – TASS
- Russian space firm signs deal on creating launch compound for Soyuz-5 rockets at Baikonur – TASS
- Baiterek project to contribute to Baikonur spaceport’s revival. says Roscosmos – TASS
- Russia & Turkey may cooperate on joint space efforts – SpaceWatch.Global
- The United States and Russia Hold Space Security Exchange – United States Department of State
- Russia, US willing to continue space security dialogue – TASS
- New UAE space centre will teach Emirati students to make satellites – Khaleej Times
- UAE space program to boost Asia’s stake in space development – SpaceWatch.Global
- Space Café WebTalk Recap: Salem Al Marri on the UAE Space Program – SpaceWatch.Global
- UAE entities partner to establish ‘Khalifa University Space Technology and Innovation Centre’ – SatellitePro ME
- Giant leap for UK spaceflight programme as consultation launches – GOV.UK
- UK spaceflight program launches public consultation effort – SpaceWatch.Global
- Scottish sites in line as space flights plan takes ‘giant leap’ forward | The Scotsman
- We have made a ‘giant leap’ to launching spaceflights from Britain, UK government claims | The Independent
** Unleashing the Power of Geospatial Intelligence, Lessons Learned from the Government and Turning… – Constellations Podcast
On this episode of the Constellations podcast we will discuss harnessing the power of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) by moving beyond data silos and integrating, fusing and analyzing data horizontally to deliver new insights. The podcast reviews GEOINTs historical roots, the evolution today across industries and looks to the future. With more remote sensing satellites, more rapid revisits and global coverage – an enormous volume of data is being created today. There is a daunting challenge in terms of archiving, processing and analyzing all that data and turning it into insights.
As the founder and early adopter of the concept of GEOINT, the government has been on the front lines for over a decade. What lessons can be learned from the government’s efforts that can be applied to today’s new technologies and providers in the commercial sector to maximize the full value of geospatial intelligence? Keith Masback, a leading international authority on geospatial intelligence with over 30 years of experience will shed some light on this topic. Keith is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Plum Run and provides advisory and consulting services to leading-edge companies working in geospatial intelligence and related fields. Prior to founding Plum Run, he spent over a decade as the President / Chief Executive Officer of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.
** Ralph Dinsley – Moving Space Situational Awareness To Civilian Management – Cold Star Project S02E53
Following a three-and-a-half decade UK defense career culminating in managing RAF Fylingdales and in the role of Aerospace Battle Manager, Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley founded Northern Space and Security (NORSS). In this discussion with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, Dinz lays out the case for moving space situational awareness from military to civilian management. Dinz answers:
– What is “Peace and Development”, the postgraduate studies subject you applied yourself to for your Masters degree?
– What exactly is “Aerospace Battle Manager”, the role you held for a dozen years?
– What would you describe as the main reason behind the establishment of NORSS? What problems do you solve, and for what organizations?
– Is the military dominance coverage of the orbital environment still fit for purpose? Under what domain should space traffic management be?
– What is the Space Law Games, which you co-initiated? What do you hope to discover from the exercise?
– Where do you find yourself getting pulled into discussions as a well-known individual in the UK defense sector?
NORSS website: https://www.norss.co.uk/
** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space Show – John Batchelor and David Livingston spoke with Mike Wall of Space.com about the latest delays, problems, and the future of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST):
** The Space Show – Fri. July 31, 2020 – Scott Herman discussed the BlackSky Global earth satellite imaging company and “Geospatial intelligence and global monitoring, dusk-to-dawn capabilities, LEO Constellation, commercial value, market growth, national security and much more”.
** E26 – Removing Obstacles and Streamlining Launch (w Carrie O’Quinn and special guests: Mandy Vaughn, Carie Mullins, Tony Frego) – Center for Space Policy and Strategy | The Aerospace Corporation
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