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The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy hosts this series to bring our policy experts together with thought leaders, government, academia and professionals from throughout the space community to discuss current trends and views. Go to https://csps.aerospace.org/events to subscribe for webcast reminders or find us on YouTube. #TheSpacePolicyShow
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As launches to space become more frequent and private spaceports are planned across the globe, how do launchers and regulators work to ensure both range safety and public safety? What are competing authorizing bodies in vastly different environments like US government-owned complexes versus Rocket Lab’s private orbital launch range in Mahia New Zealand? Responsive launch is innovative but at what risk to safety? To answer these questions, Aerospace’s Colleen Stover talks to experts Robert Unv...
The need for in-space rescue of astronauts and other space participants may not be far off. What do current space laws say, and not say, about space rescue? What are analogies in other domains? What technological challenges exist, and what could be done in the meantime? In this episode, Colleen Stover from The Center for Space Policy & Strategy chats with experts thinking about these questions – Dr Grant Cates from The Aerospace Corporation and Dr Jan Osburg from the RAND Corporatio...
Space debris is a growing problem, so what are space actors doing about it? Active Debris Removal is a technology currently being demonstrated and strengthened. The Zero Debris Charter from the European Space Agency is a voluntary, community-led initiative that aims to reduce the conditions that lead to more debris. In this episode, space debris expert and The Aerospace Corporation Technical Fellow Marlon Sorge discusses these efforts with Holger Krag, Head of the Office of Space ...
Safety and sustainability go hand in hand when it comes to protecting the orbital environment for continued use. The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) has been informing policymakers and regulators, and performing technical research in this area for the past three decades. In this episode Colleen Stover (Aerospace) talks to Andrew Ratcliffe, Chief Engineer of the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA), about his role at home and as a delegate to the IADC. With 30...
Space safety might start and finish with human safety, but how does safety run across the entire value chain – from launch to operations to reentry? How do norms of behavior, or technology advancements and economic prosperity play into maintaining the orbital environment? How is The Aerospace Corporation’s Space Safety Institute responding to these challenges? In this episode, Aerospace's Dr. Angie Bukley, Technical Fellow, explores these questions with Carissa Christensen, CEO an...
What’s the science behind how space weather affects our satellites and the services they provide? What design and operations options protect satellites and humans in space? Can we really predict space weather and the next “solar maximum”? To find answers to these questions and more, Aerospace's Colleen Stover chats with space weather experts Juha-Pekka Luntama, Head of ESA’s Space Weather Office (European Space Agency), and Dr. Paul O’Brien, Senior Scientist at Aerospace’s Space S...
What does the concept of dynamic space operations (DSO) mean and how might it impact the future of space operations and the way wars are fought? What are the mutual benefits of this type of sustained maneuver for other domains and for other sectors? What needs to be done to make DSO a reality technologically, politically, and operationally? In this episode, The Aerospace Corporation's Senior Vice President, Marty Whelan, and John Shaw, Lt. Gen., U.S. Space Force (retired), former Deputy...
Which commercial ISAM technologies offer military utility? How do these change the arena of contested space and deterrence? How will the future of Space Access, Mobility & Logistics (SAML) for national defense play into USSF’s competitive endurance framework? Learn more in this episode with Aerospace Corporation's Margaux Hoar as she talks to Colonel Elvert Gardner, USSF, Director of Strategy, Policy, & Plans at US Space Force Headquarters. Available by vide...
According to the Outer Space Treaty, authorization or certification for launch is the responsibility of each launching nation, as well as continuing supervision in space. What are the competing national and international frameworks for this? How do standards and interoperability play into these policies specifically for in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (ISAM)? What’s the significance of both cooperation and competition while enabling the private sector? In thi...
US leadership off-world is not guaranteed. What strategies are being employed at the national level to support in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (ISAM) industry and technology? How is civil space working with commercial and defense space sectors to develop – and test – technology? What are the commonalities between it all and how is risk managed? In this episode Greg Richardson from The Aerospace Corporation and Executive Director of COSMIC talks to Trudy Kortes, Director ...
In the world of ISAM (in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing) what should we use humans for and what should we use robotics for? What have we learned from decades of their partnership and what can we bring forward into the future? Do we always need humans-in-the-loop? In this episode experts Martha Hess and Jerry Miller from the Aerospace Corporation’s Human Exploration & Space Flight Division discuss these questions and more. Available by video or podcast.This episod...
Why do we want to service satellites rather than deorbit them? What do we and could we assemble and manufacture in space? What technologies exist and what are the biggest challenges to expanding a viable in-space servicing assembly and manufacturing (ISAM) economy? In this episode Colleen Stover hosts Aerospace experts Dr. Shannon Zirbel (Vehicle Engineering Department) and Brianna Andrus (Human Exploration & Space Flight) to talk about how stuff works in the world of ISAM. Availabl...
CONFERS is an international consortium of industry and government stakeholders in the global satellite servicing sector aiming to set standards and best practices to grow the commercial space sector. Think satellite maintenance, refueling and repair and how that could lead to life extension and less debris. Think manufacturing and assembly in space, and infrastructure-as-a-service from low Earth orbit to cislunar to beyond – and how the future of a space ecosystem may develop.&nbs...
The National Cislunar Science & Technology Strategy was released by the White House in November 2022. What progress has been made? How does this visionary strategy lean into the interests of the US, our international partners, and industry? In creating the strategy, what were historical precedents and what is the role of government in the cislunar ecosystem? In this episode Jamie Morin, Executive Director, Center for Space Policy & Strategy discusses these questions ...
The expansion of space activities to new space actors in LEO and into the cislunar regime, has challenged policymakers to ask the right questions to continue bringing benefits to life on Earth, support commercial innovation and investments, and protect the environment for all users, including our international partners. This episode features Dr Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Assistant Director for Space Policy at the White House Office of Space & Technology Policy talking about how her office is...
How does the US Space Force attract the right talent? In addition to STEM, what other skills are needed in our Guardians? What’s unique about the defense space workforce and how does it compete? Aerospace’s Colleen Stover (Center for Space Policy & Strategy) and Lina Cashin (National Security Space Programs Policy & Oversight) speak to Col Stuart Pettis, USAF (Ret), Director of STEM Education Programs at Air & Space Forces Association on what his organization is doing to bui...
How can satellites be attacked? How and why do we place satellites in certain places? What does that have to do with defending them? What can satellites actually do… and not do? Join Aerospace experts Kristen Kolarik (Combat Power and Battle Management) and Britany Washburn (Mission Analysis & Operations) as they break down some of the basic questions of operating and defending satellites in space. This episode is part of a CSPS series on Contested Space. This series wil...
Is cybersecurity the Achilles heel of all our space services? What are national and international strategic approaches that could be taken? Is there room for a “good enough for now” minimum standard, or a government agency to manage risk in the cyber domain? This episode highlights this and more with Aerospace experts Samuel Visner (Aerospace Technical Fellow and Vice Chair, Space ISAC) and Dr Kimberly King (Senior Cyber Engineer) as they talk to Lori Gordon (CSPS Partner and Office of Corpor...
From the Eisenhower administration, through the Cold War, and into the modern era space has been a domain of competition and cooperation. How have strategies employed by the US changed and stayed the same over the decades? In what ways has the warfighter been integrated into that evolution? Join Dr Mick Gleason and Robin Dickey from Aerospace’s Center for Policy & Strategy for their historical overview of contested space strategy. This episode is part of a CSPS series on Contes...
How does the US Space Force face the reality of space as a warfighting domain versus space as a key enabler? What is the role of service-level joint forces, our collective of international allies, and commercial space actors? Does Command and Control (C2) take on different meaning? Join Aerospace Corporation’s Jean Michael (General Manager, Space Systems Operations) as she talks to Space Force’s Lt Gen DeAnna Burt, Chief Operations Officer for this kick-off to a six-part season on Contested S...
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