The Space Policy Institute focuses its activities on policy issues related to the space efforts of the United States and cooperative and competitive interactions in space between the United States and other countries.
The Institute provides a setting in which scholars, policy analysts, practitioners, and students can work together to examine and evaluate options for the future in space.
Upcoming Events with the Space Policy Institute
GeoBuiz Summit 2016
The Space Policy Institute is an Institutional Partner of this year's GeoBuiz Summit, which will be held April 26-27 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Maryland. Please take a look at the brochure for this year's Summit for a look at topics, speakers, and the event schedule.
Humans to Mars Summit 2016
Explore Mars will be hosting Humans to Mars 2016, a comprehensive conference on Martian exploration, at George Washington University May 17-19. A discount on registration is available to members of the Space Policy Institute. Please take a look at the Summit's webpage for the latest news, and visit H2M's Eventbrite page to register.
Visiting Scholar Mazlan Othman
Discusses Malaysian Space Policy
On February 12th, Dr. Mazlan Othman, Former Director of UNOOSA, presented a talk on Malaysia's Vision for Space and National Space Policy, as well as some of the issues that have emerged in the process of development and implementation of the National Space Policy. Dr. Othman's presentation is available online.
International Field Workshop 2016 Team
Visits the Space Policy Institute
The IFW2016 Team met with Dr. Scott Pace, Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, and Mr. Craig Dobson on January 27th to discuss a variety of current regulatory and technical issues in space policy, particularly relating to Earth observation.
Photo credit: Isaac Lee, 2016 (University of Tokyo)
Prof. Scott Pace featured in
Top Ten SpaceNews Op-Eds for 2015
Prof. Scott Pace wrote a piece published by SpaceNews regarding how the space policy of the United States of America could be aligned with its other national interests. His piece, as well as the other nine articles, can be read here.
TED Talk - Who Owns the Moon?
Prof. Henry Hertzfeld conducted a TED Talk regarding the legal theory for ownership in space and the future of space commercialization. His Talk can be viewed here.
Prof. Scott Pace on data privacy in Geospatial World
Prof. Scott Pace discussed his perspectives on the importance of data privacy as a matter of space policy in this month's issue of Geospatial World. His article, "Data privacy is a burning issue," and the publication as a whole are both available online.
European Commission - October 16th
On October 16, 2015, the Space Policy Institute hosted an informal discussion during which Dr. Philippe Brunet, European Commission Director for Space Policy, Copernicus, and Defense Industry described the ambitious plans of the European Union to become the leading European actor in space policy and programs. Attending the discussion were senior individuals from the Washington space policy community.
»SPI Alum Mia Brown wrote an article titled Launch Dilemna: The role of the commercial sector in America's space program which was published by the Brookings Institution.
»Dr. Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute, spoke on The Implications of U.S. Space Policy Choices at the California Institute of Technology. A video of the lecture is available for viewing here.
»Dr. Scott Pace, Visiting Scholar Deganit Paikowsky, and four SPI alumni attended the 2015 International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem.
»Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, SPI Research Professor, became Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Read the announcement here.
»SPI Alum, Stephanie Wan, has been elected as Co-chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council. Congratulations Stephanie! Further information is available online.
»SPI hosts "Careers in Space Policy: A Panel Discussion" with the American Institute of Astronautics and Astrophysics National Capital Section Young Professionals Committee and the GW AIAA Student Chapter.
»Mr. Badri Younes, Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), Delivers a Presentation on SCaN's Function at NASA, "Keeping the Universe Connected"
»Mr. Gouyu Wang, Deputy Dean, Institute of Space Law, Beijing Institute of Technology, Leads Discussion on Space Crisis Management (SCM)
»Mr. Philippe Hazane, Space Attaché & CNES Representative in the Embassy of France, Delivers a Presentation on the French Space Policy
»NASA Administrator Visits SPI Graduate Students in U.S. Space Policy Class
»SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund featured in GW Hatchet article, "With research launched into space, professor helps institute take off"
» SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon discusses his upcoming book titled After Apollo: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program at the National Air and Space Museum
»SPI Hosts Brett Biddington AM for Discussion on Space Activities in Australia: Challeneges, Opportunities and Responsibilities
»SPI Graduate Student Jordan Sotudeh Writes Op-Ed for Space News
»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 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 Professor Emeritus John Logsdon to Receive Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal from IAF
»SPI Director Discusses Space Industry, Policy and Inspiration at Home and Abroad on The Space Show
»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 Professor Emeritus John Logsdon Writes Feature Article in Quest
»SPI Director Scott Pace Gives Ohio State Universite Lecture on 'Frontiers of Innovation in Human Space Flight'
»SPI Director Scott Pace Discusses the Future of US Space Policy at CFR Live Meeting
»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 for 2012 from Advances in Space Research.
» SPI Director Scott Pace cited by Der Spiegel.
» Space Policy Institute and Secure World Foundation Release 'A Guide to Space Law Terms'.