News Archive – 2012


SPI Director Scott Pace testifies before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

December 12, 2012

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SPI Director Scott Pace testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about The Future of NASA: Perspectives on Strategic Vision for America's Space Program.

»Details of the hearing

»Testimony

»Oral Statement

»Coverage via C-SPAN

SPI Hosts Workshop on "Developing a Responsible Environmental Regime for Celestial Bodies"

December 7, 2012

The Space Policy Institute held a Workshop on "Developing a Responsible Environmental Regime for Celestial Bodies", organized in collaboration with the COSPAR Panel on Exploration (PEX), the COSPAR Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)

»A report on the workshop is pending

SPI Director Scott Pace moderates panel discussion on Space Policy Challenges Facing the Second Obama Administration

December 3, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace moderated the panel discussion titled "Space Policy Challenges Facing the Second Obama Administration," organized by the Secure World Foundation. The event examined issues ranging from budgets to export control reform to better overall coordination of space activities.

»Event Website

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon discusses the possibility of a new direction in space exploration in the second term of the Obama Administration

November 7, 2012

Former SPI Director John Logsdon was cited in a recent Space.com article, discussing possible new directions for NASA in President Obama's second term, including the possibility of a manned outpost at Earth-moon L2, a libration point beyond the moon's far side.

»Read the article

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund named to the National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight

November 5, 2012

SPI faculty member Pascale Ehrenfreund has been named to be on the NRC Committee on Human Spaceflight, the goal of which is to review the long-term goals, core capabilities, and direction of the U.S. human spaceflight program and make recommendations to enable a sustainable U.S. human spaceflight program.

»For more information on the committee, its task and its members click here

SPI Director Scott Pace weighs in on the space policies of the Presidential candidates in Space News

October 22, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace and Eric Anderson, both of whom serve on former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Space Policy Advisory Group, contributed a commentary on both nominees' space policies in the weekly publication Space News. Alongside their commentary was an opposing perspective from former White House science and technology policy adviser Jim Kohlenberger

» Read Pace & Anderson

» Read Kohlenberger

SPI student and faculty present at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy

October 1-5, 2012

SPI MA Candidate Katrina Laygo presented at the IAF Young Professionals Virtual Forum on Disaster Monitoring from Space, "Satellite-Based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Applications to the 2011 Japan Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami"

SPI Director Scott Pace and Deputy Director Henry Hertzfeld presented their work on, respectively, "Integrating National Interests in Space" and "Economic Theory, Law and Policy in the Space Economy".

SPI Director Scott Pace interviewed on Russian television news program

August 17, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace discussed with Russia Today the increased interest of the private sector in the space industry, the benefits of the private sector's involvement, and the feasibility and accessibility of space tourism.

» Watch the Video

SPI Director Scott Pace and SPI Associate Professor Kris Lehnhardt participated in the "Deep Space: Relaunching American Exceptionalism" discussion on Captiol Hill

July 24, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace and SPI Associate Professor Kris Lehnhardt participated in discussions about the obstacles that the US must overcome for expanded space exploration.

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SPI Director Scott Pace featured at the 2012 Spectrum Management Conference

May 16, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace presented a lecture on the evolution of Global Navigation Satellite System spectrum use at the 2012 Spectrum Management Conference.

» View the Presentation

SPI Director Scott Pace featured at the Washington Space Business Roundtable

May 15, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace was recently a guest speaker for the Washington Space Business Roundtable lunch where he discussed space policy challenges for the next administration.

» View the Speech

» View the Speech in Japanese

SPI Visiting Scholar Chris Gilbert published in Space News

May 14, 2012

SPI Visiting Scholar Chris Gilbert was recently published in Space News. The article discusses the future of human space flight for the United States.

» View the Article

SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld interviewed by WUSA9

April 18, 2012

SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld was recently interviewed by WUSA9. The interview discusses the recent flight of Space Shuttle Discovery coming to DC and the current state of the US Space Program.

» Watch the Interview

SPI Director Scott Pace published on 38North.org

April 11, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace wrote "A Space Launch without a Space Program" on 38North.org. His article discusses upcoming North Korean space launch.

SPI Director Scott Pace published in the Harvard International Review

March 20, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace wrote "Strengthening Space Security: Advancing US Interests in Outer Space" published in the Spring 2012 issue of the Harvard International Review.

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon traces the earlier "survival crisis" of the planetary program

February 28, 2012

The proposed FY2013 budget cuts in NASA's planetary exploration are a source of unhappiness and controversy among many in the space science community. Such cuts are not unprecedented; in 1981, the Reagan administration proposed terminating the planetary program and making the Jet Propulsion Laboratory a resource for the U.S. intelligence community. In a forthcoming paper, Professor Emeritus John Logsdon traces the earlier "survival crisis" of the planetary program.

» View the Paper

SPI Graduates Laura Delgado and Megan Ansdell are published in Space Policy

February 28, 2012

SPI Graduates Laura Delgado and Megan Ansdell have been published in February's issue of Space Policy. Laura Delgado discusses Sino-Latin American space cooperation and Megan Ansdell discusses language protocols in international human spaceflight and how we should adopt a common language protocol. The articles are available only to subscribers.

» View the Articles

SPI Director Scott Pace interviewed on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

February 27, 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace interviewed on the Kojo Nnamdi Show which discussed next generation rockets, a life boat for the International Space Station, and a spaceport and vehicle for Space Tourism. The interview begins at 23:25.

» Listen to the show

SPI Director Scott Pace provided testimony on the House Subcommittee on Aviation

February 8, 2012

Scott Pace at Capitol Hill discussion

SPI Director Scott Pace testified on the House Subcommittee on Aviation hearing which discussed the interference cause by the proposed LightSquared network on our nation's aviation satellite based GPS infrastructure.

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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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