Committee on Science, Space, and Technology - November 18th
Prof. Scott Pace offered testimony at the hearing of the House Subcommittee on Space on "Exploring Commerical Opportunities to Maximize Earth Science Investments". The hearing can be viewed here, and Dr. Pace's testimony can be accessed on the Committee website here.
Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Research Professor at the Space Policy Institute, is now Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (Deutches Zentrum fur Luft - DLR).
June 18, 2015
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Dr. Henry Hertzfeld was quoted in an article in Foreign Affairs, Lawyers in Space, during the Legal Subcommittee sessions in Vienna, Austria.
April 20, 2015
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Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Mr. Guoyu Wang, Deputy Dean, Institute of Space Law, Beijing Institute of Technology
December 9, 2014
Mr. Wang led a brown bag lunch discussion on the topic of Space Crisis Management (SCM) and the potential collaborative approach between Europe and China. Mr. Wang's discussion on a theoretical and strategical level offered an “equilibrium theory” guiding the selection of SCM rationale, and analyzed the equilibrium in space competition and cooperation. In particular, he examined the necessity and feasibility of the coordination and cooperation between Europe and China as well as gave relevant recommendations.
View more information about the discussion here.
Presentation by Mr. Philippe Hazane, Space Attaché & CNES Representative in the Embassy of France.
December 1, 2014
Mr. Hazane delivered a presentation on the French Space Policy and how it functions as a key element of the EU space policy and of ESA activities. After a brief background to better understand the relationship between France, the ESA and the EU on space matters, Mr. Hazane gave an overview of the European Union as an actor of the space adventure. He then highlighted the relations between the ESA and the EU, before presenting more in depth on the European Space Agency. Finally, the CNES roadmap was discussed with a glance at its short term milestones.
View the presentation here.
NASA Administrator Visits SPI Students in U.S. Space Policy Class
November 20, 2014
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited SPI graduate students in their U.S. Space Policy course to discuss matters of U.S. space activity.
SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund Featured in an Article by the GW Hatchet.
17 November 2014
SPI Professor Dr. Pascale Ehrenfruend was recently featured in an article by the GW Hatchet titled, "With Research launched into space, professor helps institute take off". Dr. Ehrenfreund was one of the many researchers helping to run the groundbreaking project that landed a rocket on a comet earlier this week, more than 300 million miles away from its launch site on Earth. Her colleagues say her success will draw in the next generation of space policy and technology experts to GW.
Read the article here.
SPI Director and SPI M.A. Graduate Students, Past and Present, Attend the 65th IAC in Toronto, Canada.
October 30, 2014
SPI Director Dr. Scott Pace and fellow Institute students attended the 65th annual International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, Canada.
SPI Director speaks at GNF Roundtable "Security in Space", held at the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto in 2014.
28 October 2014
SPI Director Dr. Scott Pace recently spoke at the Global Networking Forum Roundtable discussion featuring the topic "Security in Space". This GNF session explores and reviews the opportunities and challenges facing the space community to ensure a safe, secure and sustainable space environment. The roundtable was part of the International Astronautical Conference 2014 held in Toronto, Canada and co-organised by the Committee and the Space Policy Journal.
Watch the video here. Dr. Pace's remarks begin at 57:50.
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
4 October 2014
George Washington University Professor Emeritus and Planetary Society Board Member John Logsdon spoke at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Professor Logsdon spoke about Richard Nixon's space legacy and previewed his upcoming book titled After Apollo: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program, which is due for release by Palgrave-MacMillan in March 2015.
Professor Logsdon spent the last several years poring through archival materials and conducting interviews to unveil a detailed account of the activities in President Richard Nixon’s White House. Logsdon uses his extensive knowledge of space policy and many years of experience in the space policy community to examine the implications of the Nixon Administration’s decisions.
Read The Planetary Society's write-up on Professor Logsdon's talk at the Air and Space Museum here.
SPI Hosts Brett Biddington AM for a Discussion on Space Activities on Australia: Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilites.
September 24, 2014
The Space Policy Institute hosted Brett Biddington, founder of a Canberra-based consulting company which specializes in space and cyber security matters, for a discussion on "Space Activities in Australia". Mr. Biddington described Australia's space journey and explained how Australia's place and geography is opening new possibilities for space development.
Mr. Biddington's presentation can be found here.
SPI Director Speaks at Atlantic Council event, "The Final Frontier: Renewing America's Space Program
September 16, 2014
Space Policy Institute Director, Scott N. Pace, spoke on the morning panel at the Atlantic Council event, The Final Frontier: Renewing America's Space Program on the topic of the future of exploration in space. This forum of international thought featured leaders from business, academia, and government, discussing opportunities for international and commercial collaboration to build a more sustainable space exploration program.
Watch the video here. Dr. Pace is featured at 0:30:00.
SPI Director Discusses National Security Space Launch and the Industrial Base: Issues and Opportunities at the Marshall Institute
July 23, 2014
Space Policy Institute Director, Scott N. Pace, participated in a discussion at the Marshall Institute examining the implications of U.S.-Russian deteriorating relations on U.S. space launch propulsion options. This talk specifically focused on the recent proposed Russian ban on the RD-180 rocket engine export to the U.S.
Watch the video here.
SPI Director Part of US Delegation to UNCOPUOS
May 21, 2014
Space Policy Institute Director, Scott N. Pace, was recently in Vienna, Austria, as part of the United States Delegation (pictured above) to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
Dr. Pace provided private sector advisory to the delegation during the committee's plenary meeting and proceedings.
SPI Director Interviewed by KPCC on Conflict in Space
May 21, 2014
Space Policy Institute Director, Scott N. Pace, was recently interviewed by L.A. radio show, Take Two, on KPCC.
The show focused on recent statements by defense officials surrounding the current U.S.-Russia space relationship. Dr. Pace commented on the increasing importance of space assets to military endeavors, while noting that other countries are researching ways to disrupt those assets.
Read a short summary here.
SPI Director Interviewed by NPR on SpaceX-ULA Lawsuit
May 12, 2014
Space Policy Institute Director, Scott N. Pace, was recently interviewed by NPR in its Morning Edition.
The news segment focused on the lawsuit between SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA), which relates to the Department of Defense's launch vehicle acquisition practice. Dr. Pace noted both the expense and exemplary launch record of ULA, recalling an extensive review that explained why defense launches are not subject to market forces.
Read the summary and hear the segment here.
SPI Research Associate Published in WPR
April 24, 2014
Space Policy Institute Research Associate and Space Consultant for Israel, Deganit Paikowsky, was published in the World Politics Review.
The media outlet's Global Insider interviewed Dr. Paikowsky on Israel's longstanding space program following a recent launch.
Read the article here.
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