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.

The Institute is an affiliate of the International Space University and The Aerospace Corporation. The Space Policy Institute is directed by Dr. Scott Pace.

"Regulating Outer Space - Making Space Commerce a Priority"

Dr. Scott Pace wrote a piece on the future of space commercialization and regulation that was published by Foreign Affairs. He discusses the current domestic and international regulatory environment, identifying strengths and gaps to be filled. The importance of a regulatory framework to U.S. space competitiveness is also discussed.

SPI Student Nathan Boll Gives Commencement Address at University of Montana Western

SPI student Nathan Boll will be giving the commencement address, at the University. of Montana Western Saturday, May 7th. He is an alumni of the University, which expects to set a record for number of degrees awarded at the institution this year.

Dr. Pace Speaks on Spectrum Protection on Secure World Foundation Panel

Dr. Scott Pace spoke as part of a panel on Spectrum Protection: An Examination of the Policy and Practical Implications, hosted by the Secure World Foundation on April 8th, 2016. Alongside him were Mr. Christopher Hegarty of MITRE Corporation, Mr. James Miller of NASA, and Ms. Jennifer Warren of Lockheed Martin. Dr. Pace's and Mr. Miller's presentations are available through SWF, as well as an online video record of the discussion.

2016 USRA-SPI Symposium

Annual Challenge: Space Weather

Space Weather was the topic of the 2016 Universities Space Research Association symposium, held in conjunction with the Space Policy Institute. The New Jersey Institute of Technology released an article summarizing the event. The widely-attended event proved very informative, and the speakers have agreed to make their presentations available online:

Scott Pace: Space Weather and UN Guidelines

Tamara L. Dickinson: The National Space Weather Strategy

Daniel Baker: Space Weather: Why Should We Care?

Patricia Doherty: Space Weather: Developments and Potential Impacts

Louis Lanzerotti: Applications of Space Weather Knowledge

Ralph Stoffler: U.S. Department of Defense Space Weather Services

Devrie Intriligator: Creating an Integrated Approach to Forecasting and Mitigation

Steven Clarke: Heliophysics

Therese Moretto Jorgensen: Space Weather Research at the National Science Foundation

Thomas Berger: NOAA's Space Weather Modeling Efforts

William Murtagh: Creating an Integrated Approach to Forecasting and Mitigation - The National Space Weather Action Plan

Visiting Scholar Cptn. HyeJin An Presents the Case for a Korean Early Warning Satellite

Cptn. Hyejin An, of the Republic of Korea Air Force, made the case for a Korean Early Warning satellite system in light of recent developments in North Korea's threatening capabilities. The needs of the Republic of Korea were weighed against the capabilities offered by different systems. Cptn. An's presentation is available online.

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.

Recent News

»The Space Policy Institute supported the 2016 Geobuiz and 2016 Humans to Mars Summits, coordinating efforts at communication on current priority topics within the space community.

»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.

IFW2016 Group Photo

Photo credit: Isaac Lee, 2016 (University of Tokyo)

»Current SPI Graduate Student Zack Hester's article NASA's Lessons Learned in Long-Duration Spaceflight: The Shuttle-Mir Program was published in Quest Vol. 23, No. 1, 2016.

»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.

»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.

»Prof. Jack Burns, Vice President Emeritus at the University of Colorado, presented a distinguished lecture "Exploring the Universe from the Moon". It can be viewed online

»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.

 

News

»SPI Director, Scott Pace is quoted in the Politico article How Elon Musk eposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending discussing the role of ULA in American space capabilities.

»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Environment on NOAA Utilization of Commercial Remote Sensing Data.

»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation committee on U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness. His testimony is available online.

»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 plans of the European Union to become the primary European actor in space policy and programs.

»Current SPI Graduate Student Zack Hester's article NASA's Lessons Learned in Long-Duration Spaceflight: The Shuttle-Mir Program was published in Quest Vol. 23, No. 1, 2016.

»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.

»Prof. Jack Burns, Vice President Emeritus at the University of Colorado, presented a distinguished lecture "Exploring the Universe from the Moon". It can be viewed online

»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.

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