SPI Visiting Scholar Speaks at JAXA Washington Office
March 20, 2014
Space Policy Institute Visiting Scholar and Senior Assistant Director of the Space Development and Utilization Division at Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Tomokazu Ueta, gave a talk on the next generation of Japan's launch vehicles, the new mainstay rocket in particular and space policy more broadly.
This was the culmination of his research with us, and high-ranking representatives of multiple space agencies were in attendance.
See his slides here.
SPI Professor Featured in GW Magazine
March 11, 2014
SPI Professor, Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, is the subject of a new GW Magazine feature on her role with the European probe, Rosetta, which will attempt the first landing on a comet.
Read the full article here.
SPI Director Delivers Testimony in Senate Hearing
March 5, 2014
SPI Director, Dr. Scott N. Pace, delivered a testimony on Capitol Hill to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, hearing: "National Security Space Launch Programs." In his testimony, Dr. Pace emphasized the big picture and in particular the acquisition process's true purpose as a tool for promoting national security.
Dr. Pace, along with Mr. Elon Musk of Space Exploration Technologies, Mr. Michael Gass of United Launch Alliance, and Ms. Christina Chaplain, Director of the Government Accountability Office, were called to discuss the potential impacts (positive and negative) of any changes to the current launch acquisition process for national security payloads.
SPI Director Delivers Statement in Congressional Hearing
February 27, 2014
SPI Director, Dr. Scott N. Pace, delivered a statement on Capitol Hill to the House Subcommittee on Space hearing "Mars Flyby 2021: The First Deep Space Mission for the Orion and Space Launch System?"
Dr. Pace, along with Gen. Lester Lyles (ret.), Mr. Doug Cooke, and Dr. Sandra Magnus, spoke to the strengths and potential benefits of the Flyby mission (both specifically and in a larger picture of space industry and geopolitics), its feasibility, and the level of commitment required to ensure its success.
SPI Associate Director Delivers Statement in Congressional Hearing
February 4, 2014
SPI Associate Director, Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, delivered a statement on Capitol Hill to the House Subcommittee on Space hearing "Necessary Updates to the Commercial Space Launch Act."
Dr. Hertzfeld covered the strengths of the current legal regime as well as a number of existing, potential issues (jurisdiction, indemnification, experimental period on sub-orbital flights), and a brief comparison of the U.S. system to other countries.
SPI Director Awarded AIAA Durand Lectureship in Public Service
January 13, 2014
SPI Director, Dr. Scott N. Pace, received the AIAA's Durand Lectureship in Public Policy, which "is presented for notable achievements by a scientific or technical leader whose contributions have led directly to the understanding and application of the science and technology of aeronautics and astronautics for the betterment of mankind."
In this brief speech titled "American Space Strategy: Choose to Steer Not to Drift," Dr. Pace highlights the current U.S. strategy, the role of international and private actors, and moving American policy.
Air Force General Shelton, Commander of AFSPC, Speaks at an SPI Seminar: "Space and Cyberspace: Enduring Missions in a Changing World"
January 7, 2014
Gen. William L. Shelton is Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world. General Shelton oversees Air Force network operations; manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and is responsible for space system development and acquisition. He leads more than 46,000 professionals, assigned to 88 locations worldwide and deployed to an additional 35 global locations.
In this lecture and discussion, General Shelton discusses what the Air Force Space Command does for the nation, how it does it, and how the command works with others to achieve its missions in space and cyberspace.
See the talk on video here.
SPI Director on Radio Panel, Diane Rehm Show, NPR
January 2, 2014
SPI Director, Dr. Scott N. Pace, participated in a radio round-table hosted by NPR's The Diane Rehm Show. Along with Dr. Pace was Joel Achenbach, Washington Post Science Writer, Lori Garver, former NASA Deputy Administrator, and Mike Gold, Bigelow Aerospace Director of D.C. Operations and Business Growth.
The group discusses the history of humanity's presence in space, its current state, as well as the many possibilities before it, both positive and negative.
Listen to the show here.Back to top