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Space Policy Pod

The Space Foundation, with AIAA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the MITRE Corporation have partnered to create this podcast series to examine current events and ideas affecting the space industry

Space Policy Pod – Episode 15: (Karl Rodrigues, Australian Space Agency)

December 2, 2020
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Episode 15 features Karl Rodrigues, Executive Director for International and National Engagement at the Australian Space Agency. Mr. Rodrigues is responsible for developing relationships with international space agencies. He also engages with Australian industry, start-ups, domestic agencies, research institutions, and state and territory governments to help grow the Australian space sector. Mr. Rodrigues has over…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 14: (Dale Nash, Virginia Space)

November 5, 2020
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This episode features Dale Nash, CEO and Executive Director of Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority. Also known as Virginia Space, the authority owns and operates the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) including three Launch Pads and a Payload Processing Facility, as well as the MARS UAS Airfield. Mr. Nash has 38 years of experience in the aerospace…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 13: (Kelvin Coleman, FAA)

October 27, 2020
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This podcast discussion features Kelvin Coleman, the FAA’s deputy associate administrator for commercial space transportation. His office is responsible for licensing commercial operators for space launch and re-entry. Prior to joining AST more than 20 years ago, Mr. Coleman worked for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command as both a systems engineer, and as a…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 12: (Alexander MacDonald, NASA)

October 14, 2020
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This podcast discussion features Alex Macdonald, NASA’s chief economist. He also serves as program executive of the International Space Station National Lab. He was previously the Senior Economic Advisor in the Office of the Administrator and was the founding program executive of NASA’s Emerging Space Office. Dr. Macdonald is a former executive staff specialist on…

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Space Policy Pod – Episode 11: (Conner Prochaska, Department of Energy)

October 1, 2020
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This podcast discussion features Conner Prochaska, chief commercialization officer for the Department of Energy and director of the Office of Technology Transitions. His office advances the economic, energy, and national security interests of the United States by expanding the commercial impact of the department’s research and development portfolio. Prior to his current roles, Mr. Prochaska…

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

September 9, 2020
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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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Space Policy Pod – Episode 9: (Kevin O’Connell, U.S. Department of Commerce)

August 24, 2020
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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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Space Policy Pod – Episode 8: (Erin Miller, Space ISAC)

August 12, 2020
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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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Space Policy Pod – Episode 7: (Tommaso Sgobba, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety)

July 29, 2020
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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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Space Policy Pod – Episode 6: (Shawn Barnes, U.S. Air Force)

July 15, 2020
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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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