Events — 2009

The Testimony of Scott Pace for the House Committee on S&T Hearing

"The Growth of Global Space Capabilities: What's Happening and Why It Matters"

November19 2009

Detailed information can be found on the Hill committee website . Click here to read the Witness Testimony of Scott Pace.

Witness Panel: (From Left to Right): Mr. Marty Hauser, Mr. J.P. Stevens, Dr. Scott Pace, Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, and Dr. Ray A. Williamson



Dr. Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute and Dr. Schrogl, Director of the European Space Policy Institute.







The Space Policy Institute Presents a Joint Symposium with the European Space Policy Institute on:

Space and Security: Transatlantic Issues and Perspectives

17 November 2009

With this event, the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), based in Vienna, Austria, introduces its activities as the prime European think tank in the field of space policy for the first time to the Washington DC space community. The event is hosted by SPI, with which ESPI has developed a close cooperation during the past years.

ESPI inter alia conducts a research program on space and security, covering topics from Space Situational Awareness to space for internal security. This event will comprise presentations of ESPI's recent work in the field of space and security. European activities and positions will be explained and issues of transatlantic cooperation will be raised. The presentations will also provide new perspectives for increased cooperation between Europe and the U.S.
ESPI's presentations will be complemented by a presentation by the SPI
and two distinguished keynote speakers, one from Europe and one
from the U.S.

Event Downloads

Presentation slides:

Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Director of ESPI

Dr. Wolfgang Rathgeber, Research Fellow at ESPI

Nina-Louisa Remu, Project Manager at ESPI

Richard Buenneke's Remarks, Deputy Director of Space Policy, U.S. State Department

Dr. Scott Pace, Director of SPI, presents slides on International Space Data Sharing

Seen pictured here from left to right: Nina-Louisa Remu of ESPI, Richard Buenneke of the U.S. State Department, Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Director of ESPI, and Dr. Wolfgang Rathgeber of ESPI.


The George Washington Space Society Presents a Panel Discussion on Small Satellites

13 November 2009

A four person panel will be on hand at the Elliott School for International Affairs to discuss various topics concerning the burgeoning field of small satellites.

For a more detailed description on the event, please see this flyer.

Event Presentations:

Liam Sarsfield, Former Deputy Chief Engineer, NASA

Frank Bauer, Chief Engineer, NASA Explorations Systems Directorate

Dr. Therese Morese Jorgensen, Program Manager of CubeSats at NSF

Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks


An article by Jeff Manber on the Aviation Week Blog can be found here.


The Testimony of Scott Pace for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Hearing

"The Case for Space: Examining the Value"

21 October 2009

Detailed information can be found on the Senate committee website. Click here to read the Witness Testimony of Scott Pace.


The Space Policy Institute Presents a Symposium on:

Assessing the Options of the Augustine Commission for Human Spaceflight

28 September 2009

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Notes from the symposium

Slides from the symposium

The symposium speaker list and agenda

Summary of the event written by Dwayne Day for the Space Review:

The following presenters' slides/remarks are available individually:
Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute
Dr. Doug Stanley, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Paul Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Dr. Tom Jones, Planetary Scientist, Former Astronaut
Dr. John Logsdon, Professor Emertius, Space Policy Institute
(slides, remarks)
Dr. Alain Dupas, College de Polytechnique
Mr. Brett Alexander, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Mr. Robert Read, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (AT&L)


40 Years after First Lunar Landing, Experts Reflect on Space Policy's Future

Three GW space policy professors reflected on the first lunar launch 40 years ago and discussed what the future might hold for human space flight. More details can be found here.

Seen pictured here from left to right: Dr. Scott Pace, Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, and Dr. John Logsdon.




The Space Policy Institute Presents a Symposium on:

Aligning Policies and Budgets

2 June 2009

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Schedule of the symposium

Notes from the symposium:
Civil Space Summary

National Security Space Summary

The following presenters' slides/remarks are available individually:

Christopher J. Scolese, Acting NASA Administrator:

Kevin Eveker, Analyst, National Security Division, Congressional Budget Office

Marcia S. Smith, President, Space and Technology Policy Group, LLC

Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute

Patti Grace Smith, former FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation

Summeries of the event written by Dwayne Day for the Space Review: Space policy 101: civil space 2009 and military space 2009


Joint Statement by the Washington based Space Policy Institute and European Space Policy Institute

14 May 2009

Addressing the U.S. Office for Science and Technology and the European Space Council, this joint statement by the leading space policy institutes on both sides of the Atlantic highlights the strategic economic importance of space and points out areas for concrete cooperation and coordination between the US and Europe.

The Space Policy Institute at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University, Washington DC (SPI) and European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) have been cooperating very closely during the past years. A particular highlight was the joint memorandum on transatlantic cooperation of February 2008 (download here ), which was met with high interest by the space communities at that time.

Extending this cooperation, the two institutes now issue another joint statement on the strategic economic importance of space (download here ). It contains a detailed list of areas for coordination between the US and Europe based on an analysis of the common interests of the two actors. Through this joint statement, SPI and ESPI intend to raise the awareness of the decision-makers in the US and Europe of these common interests, which need to be promoted continuously. The directors of the two institutes, Scott Pace and Kai-Uwe Schrogl, aim at actively influencing the policy debates with the goal of preparing the basis for joint understanding and joint actions.



The Testimony of Scott Pace for House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs Hearing, May 7, 2009

"GPS: Can We Avoid a Gap in Service? "

Click here to read the written testimony of Scott Pace.


The Testimony of Scott Pace for the House Committee on S&T Hearing

"Keeping the Space Environment Safe for Civil and Commercial Users"

April 28 2009

/~spi/assets/images/ScottSpaceHill.JPGDetailed information can be found on the Hill committee website . Click here to read the Witness Testimony of Scott Pace.


Witness Panel: (From L to R): Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, Mr. Nicholas Johnson, Mr. Richard DalBello, and Dr. Scott Pace



Dr. Scott Pace Presents at Moon-Mars Forum at the Virginia Air and Space Center

For the video clip of the forum, please refer to the National Institute of Aerospace website.


Dr. Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute and Professor of Practices at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs

Dr. Paul D. Spudis, Senior Staff Scientist, Lunar and Planetary Institute

Dr. G. Scott Hubbard, Professor, Stanford University

Dr. Joel S. Levine, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center

Subject: In 2004, a new Vision for Space Exploration was announced... a bold new plan to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit by establishing a human outpost on the Moon in preparation to sending humans to Mars. A new Administration is now considering possible alternate approaches.


The Future of Human Spaceflight

Center for Strategic and International Studies
May 8, 2009
Washington, DC

The MIT Space, Policy and Society research group and the GW Space Policy Institute, with the help of CSIS, are hosting a forum on the rationales and objectives of human spaceflight. At this moment of transition in the U.S. space program, it is time to reconsider the fundamental questions: Why fly people into space? What is the role of a government-funded, human spaceflight program? The conversation builds on a recent white paper by the MIT Space, Policy, and Society research group ( recommending a framework of primary objectives of spaceflight to guide the human space program.

Panel 1: Objectives of human spaceflight


When is human presence necessary in space? What objectives are worth the opportunity cost?

How do we decide what objectives are worth the risks to human life?

Prof. David Mindell Director, MIT Science, Technology, and Society Program
Dr. Dana Yoerger Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Prof. Asif Siddiqi Russian/Indian space historian, Fordam University
Dr. Dan Lester Astronomer, University of Texas, Austin Panel

Panel 2: Human spaceflight and national priorities


Implications of primary objectives for current human spaceflight policy?

How to align human spaceflight with national priorities?

Prof. Scott Pace Director, GW Space Policy Institute
Mark Craig NASA retiree and SAIC NASA Account Manager
John Tylko Vice President for Business Development, Aurora Flight Sciences
Dr. Scott Uebelhart Postdoctoral associate, MIT Space, Policy, and Society Closing remarks: Dr. John Logsdon, National Air and Space Museum

Forum transcripts can be found here


Challenges To Sustainability

Click here to see remarks of Dr. Scott Pace to the to the American Astronautical Society, 47th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on 11 March 2008.


The Space Policy Institute Presents a Symposium on:

Space Policy in Transition

Symposium Informal Notes

Scott Pace, Director of Space Policy Institute, Symposium Opening Remarks, Opening and closing presentation charts

Chris Williams, Key questions for the panelist and audience .

Courtney A. Stadd, founder and President of Capitol Solutions - Introductory Remarks of Panel

William Jeffrey, President and CEO HRL Laboratories, LLC - Government and Innovation: Measuring the Impact




SPI Director Speaks at Atlantic Council event, The Final Frontier: Renewing America's Space Program

SPI Director Writes Op-Ed for Aviation Week

SPI Graduate Student Zack Hester Writes Op-Ed for Space News

SPI Director Discusses National Security Space Launch and the Industrial Base: Issues and Opportunities at the Marshall Institute

SPI Director Part of US Delegation to UNCOPUOS

SPI Director Interviewed by KPCC on Conflict in Space

SPI Director Interviewed by NPR on SpaceX-ULA Lawsuit

Space Policy Institute Luncheon with Representative Frank Wolf

SPI Research Associate Published in WPR

SPI Visiting Scholar Speaks at JAXA Washington Office

SPI Professor Featured in GW Magazine

SPI Director Delivers Testimony in Senate Hearing

SPI Director Delivers Statement in Congressional Hearing

SPI Associate Director Delivers Statement in Congressional Hearing

SPI Director Awarded AIAA Durand Lectureship in Public Service

Air Force General Shelton, Commander of AFSPC, Speaks at an SPI Seminar: "Space and Cyberspace: Enduring Missions in a Changing World"

SPI Director on Radio Panel, Diane Rehm Show, NPR

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund Interviewed by Forbes

SPI Director's New Collaborative Book Looks Into the Future of American Space

SPI Faculty Article in AAAS's Science Looks Into Human Lunar Heritage

SPI Director on India Mars Mission in NewScientist

SPI Alumna, Emma Hinds, Recognized by Satellite Industry with 2013 Promise Award

SPI and Beijing Institute of Technology's Institute of Space Law Sign Joint Statement in Beijing

SPI Director Weighs Public and Private Interests at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

SPI Director Gives Presentation at NextGen Ahead Conference on the Future of GPS

SPI Director Discusses Space Industry, Policy and Inspiration at Home and Abroad on The Space Show

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon to Receive Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal from IAF

SPI Director and SPI Professor Emeritus Review Time in Office as Former NASA Deputy Administrator Steps Down

SPI Director Tells Washington Post TV What to Expect from Space

To the Point Interviews SPI Director on Future of Space

SPI Director Interviewed on Plan for US Lunar Park

SPI Alumna Laura Delgado López to Participate in MIT/Skoltech Initiative in July, Moscow

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund elected President of Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

GWU Faculty Honored at AIAA Awards Gala

SPI Visiting Scholar Speaks at JAXA Washington Office

SPI Director Scott Pace Writes Guest Blog for The Diplomat

George Washington University Team Competes in Quarter Finals of 2013 North American Space Law Moot Court Competition

SPI Alumna to Moderate NASA's First Spanish Language Google+ Hangout

C-SPAN, SpacePolicyOnline, The Space Review and Aviation Week cover SPI-AIAA Event, "Columbia+10: Lessons Learned and Unlearned"

SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld interviewed on The Space Show

Papers by SPI Faculty named in Science Direct's Top 25 Hottest Articles from Advances in Space Research for 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace cited by Der Spiegel


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