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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending September 18, 2020

It was a busy week in Washington, D.C., as the House was in session and took up various bills including the “Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow” (PROSWIFT) Act. The space community also had a big week, as it was announced that phosphine gas had been detected in…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 10: (Dr. Douglas Terrier, NASA)

This podcast discussion features Dr. Douglas Terrier, NASA’s chief technologist. In this role, Dr. Terrier serves as the agency’s principal advisor and advocate on technology policy and programs, helping plot the strategic direction of the agency’s space technology program. Prior to his current position, Dr. Terrier was the chief technologist of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending September 4, 2020

This week Space Foundation announced the launch of “Space Symposium 365,” providing a digital platform that builds upon the spirit of the traditional annual gathering. Programming will debut in October, offering exclusive digital content to the global space community leading up to the next in-person Symposium, set for August 2021. Introducing Space Symposium 365 “Space…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 9: (Kevin O’Connell, U.S. Department of Commerce)

This episode features Kevin O’Connell, Director of the Office of Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. O’Connell leads an office with responsibility as a space industry advocate within the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Previously, Mr. O’Connell served as the CEO of Innovative Analytics and Training, a professional services firm focused…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending August 21, 2020

Announcing New 36th Space Symposium Dates and Introducing Space Symposium 365 The 36th Space Symposium to Be Held on August 22–26, 2021 Space Foundation will reconvene the world’s space community next year at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 22–26, 2021. Although there will not be an in-person gathering this year, Space Foundation’s mission, dedication, and stewardship…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 8: (Erin Miller, Space ISAC)

This podcast discussion features Erin Miller, VP of Operations for Space ISAC, National Cybersecurity Center. Erin has over a decade of experience building meaningful tech collaborations and has formed hundreds of formal partnerships between government, industry and academia to solve problems for warfighters and national security. Currently Erin is building a Public-Private Partnership (P3), called…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending August 7, 2020

Earlier this week, the space community tuned in to see the Crew Dragon splashdown in Pensacola, Fla., and welcomed astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley home from their two-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Their safe return officially categorized the joint NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 mission as a success and heralded the return of regular…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 7: (Tommaso Sgobba, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety)

This podcast discussion features Tommaso Sgobba, Executive Director and Board Secretary of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS). Until 2013, Mr. Sgobba was head of the Independent Safety Office at the European Space Agency (ESA), including human-rated systems, spacecraft re-entries, space debris, use of nuclear power sources, and planetary protection. He…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 24, 2020

For the international space community, this summer, and especially this week have been heavily focused on Mars. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched their historic Hope mission earlier this week from Japan, followed by China’s Tianwen-1 launch. Next week will be NASA’s highly anticipated launch of the Perseverance rover with the mission having cleared its…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 6: (Shawn Barnes, U.S. Air Force)

This podcast discussion features Shawn Barnes, a member of the Senior Executive Service, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Space Acquisition and Integration. Mr. Barnes is responsible for carrying out Air Force space missions and integrating space policy, guidance, coordination and synchronization of space-related activities, and issue resolution for the Department of the Air Force.…

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