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The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, a world leader in research, graduate study, and informed discussion related to issues of science, technology, and public policy, established a Space Policy Institute in 1987. The Institute conducts research, offers graduate courses and organizes seminars, symposia, and conferences on topics related to domestic and international space policy. The Institute is directed by Dr. Scott Pace.

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Event Co-Hosted by SPI Featured in BBC

April 08, 2017

The 2017 USRA Symposium on Space Situational Awareness was featured in the BBC article "The race to destroy space garbage," including several comments from Secure Wold Foundation's Brian Weeden, an SPI alum.

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund Featured in 2017 Space Symposium Panel

April 04, 2017

Dr. Ehrenfreund, chair of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), was featured in a panel of eight other leaders of national space programs. Her comments focused on the need for cooperation and were featured in a number of publications, including ViaSatellite, The Gazette and a Sputnik News piece titled "Mars, Russia, Europe, US Should Work Together on Space Exploration - German Agency."

Wishful thinking collides with policy, economic realities in ‘Capitalism in Space'

April 04, 2017

Dr. Pace's op-ed, "Wishful thinking collides with policy, economic realities in ‘Capitalism in Space'" was published by SpaceNews. It examines the concept of commercial activity in the space sector and ran in the March 27 issue of SpaceNews magazine, which was distributed at the 33rd Space Symposium.

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld Featured as Panelist in Space Law at 50: Past, Present and Future

March 30, 2017

Dr. Hertzfeld discussed "The Outer Space Treaty and Its Impact on Space Law," which focused on the Outer Space Treaty, its impacts during the last fifty years on space development, and the future of the Treaty in the context of the revitalization of space exploration. The program was hosted by The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Steven M. Schneebaum International Law Society and SAIS International Law and Organizations Program.

Dr. Scott Pace Featured as Panelist in Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Breakfast

March 30, 2017

The session, titled "Shaping Space Acquisitions for the Future Force," was part of an ongoing series of Space Group Breakfasts. Dr. Pace was joined by moderator Steven Isakowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer at Aerospace Corporation, and Maj. Gen. Roger Teague, Director of Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions.

Dr. John Logsdon Cited in Business Insider

March 30, 2017

Dr. Logsdon commented on the significance of the SpaceX's March 30 reuse of a Falcon 9 rocket in Business Insider's "'Right in the bull's-eye': SpaceX just pulled off a revolutionary rocket launch." His comments were featured in a variety of other outlets, including Futurism, Tech Times, Yahoo Finance and Russia Times.

Dr. Scott Pace's Comments Featured in Christian Science Monitor

March 29, 2017

Dr. Pace's comments on a past SpaceX launch failure were cited in a CSM article titled "Blue Origin offers window into what a space vacation might look like, literally."

Dr. John Logsdon to be Featured in "Fight for Space"

March 27, 2017

Dr. Logsdon will provide expert commentary in the documentary exploring the past, present, and future state of the US Space Program. "'Fight for Space" will also feature appearances by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jim Lovell, Story Musgrave, Rick Tumlinson, Robert Zubrin, James Muncy, Marcia B. Smith, Bill Nye, Gene Kranz and Jeff Greason. 

Beyond the RD-180

March 27, 2017

SPI graduate student, Evan Linck, co-authored "Beyond the RD-180" for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he contributes as an analyst for the Aerospace Security Project.