Books from the Space Policy Institute
A Guide to Space Law Terms
Editor: Henry R. Hertzfeld
The Elliott School of International Affairs' Space Policy Institute (SPI), in conjunction with the Secure World Foundation (SWF), published the first guide to space law terms in December 2012. Edited by Henry R. Hertzfeld, research professor of space policy and international affairs, the guide is an important initial step to clarifying more than 80 space law words, terms, and phrases.
John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon
By John M. Logsdon
John Logsdon's newest book John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon was
published by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2010. The book is the
definitive study both of the reasons why on May 25, 1961, President
Kennedy announced his decision to send Americans to the Moon "before this decade is out," and of the steps he took in his remaining months in office to implement that decision. The book also details Kennedy's preference to cooperate rather than compete in space and his September 1963 invitation to the Soviet Union to join
the United States in a cooperative lunar landing effort.
The Decision to go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest
By John M. Logsdon
Full Electronic Copy Available Here
Summary from MIT Press:
The decision announced by John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961, initiating the expedition to the moon, is now documented in full for future students of history. To John Logsdon, whose approach is that of a political scientist examining the influence of men and events on the decision-making process, the decision to land a man on the moon "before this decade is out" was wholly political rather than military, although overtones of implied defense were useful in obtaining congressional support. Moreover, he notes it was made without the support of the scientific community, although their previous research efforts were expected partially to offset this deterrent.
Although the success of the Russian manned orbit and the fiasco of the Bay of Pigs invasion certainly influenced the timing, in the author's interpretation the Kennedy decision manages to escape the narrow definition of a public relations exhibition. In Kennedy's view, he emphasizes, the security of the country itself was inseparably linked to a position of prestige in world opinion. Nor was he a particular enthusiast of space exploration for its own rewards. As he remarked to one of his advisors, "If you had a scientific spectacular on this earth that would be more useful-say desalting the ocean-or something just as dramatic and convincing as space, then we would do that."
The thoroughness of this book as a historical record is evident throughout. NASA historical records and government documents not previously released, including several Presidential papers, are used in the analysis, and the author weaves these records together with subtleties of opinion from interviews with NASA officials and such Kennedy advisors as Theodore Sorenson, McGeorge Bundy, David Bell, and Jerome Wiesner.
Editors: John C. Baker, Kevin M. O'Connell, Ray A. Williamson
Summary from ASPRS:
The successful launch of Space Imaging's high-resolution IKONOS commercial observation satellite in September 1999 signaled the beginning of a new era in Earth observation. In the post-Cold War era, international and public access to satellite imagery and related geospatial information products is rapidly expanding. A new generation of high-resolution commercial and civilian imaging satellites is at the leading edge of growing global transparency. These satellite systems promise to offer almost any government, business, and nongovernmental organization the capability to acquire timely overhead images of locations that are geographically remote, politically inaccessible, or simply difficult to comprehend without an overhead perspective. Thus, they can support a wide range of beneficial civil, commercial, and military applications. However, important questions also exist about the commercial viability of these new imaging satellites and whether the dual-use imagery data they produced should be a matter of security concern.
This new book, jointly published by RAND and ASPRS, brings together an international group of experts to analyze the diverse issues presented by the new, higher resolution commercial and civilian observation satellites. With more than two dozen chapters and numerous satellite images, the book authors examine emerging policy issues, provide a survey of the U.S. and many non-U.S. satellite remote sensing programs, and offer case studies on international security applications of satellite imagery.
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 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 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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