Space Policy Institute

Welcome to SPI

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs is a world leader in research, graduate study, and informed discussion related to issues of science, technology, and public policy. The Space Policy Institute celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. The Institute conducts research, offers graduate courses and organizes seminars, symposia, and conferences on topics related to domestic and international space policy. SPI is associated with the International Science and Technology Policy academic program, which leads to a Master of Arts degree at the Elliott School. The Institute operates within the Elliott School, but does so with support from The George Washington University as a whole, in addition to funding from a number of individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources. The Institute is directed by Dr. Henry Hertzfeld.

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld Cited by CNN

Dr. Hertzfeld was quoted in the CNN Business news article titled “Adidas launches footwear research into space so it can make better...

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund awarded the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal

Dr. Ehrenfreund will receive the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal, announced the European Geosciences Union. The awards ceremony will take place on 3-8 May 2020 in Vienna on the occasion of the EGU 2020 General Assembly. The prestigious award will honor Dr. Ehrenfreund...

Dr. Deganit Paikowsky appointed Vice President of International Astronautical Federation

Dr. Paikowsky, visiting researcher of the Space Policy Institute at the George Washington University, was appointed Vice President of the International Astronautical...

Dr. John Logsdon Cited by Politico

Dr. Logsdon was quoted in the Politico Space news article titled “New legislation seeks to give NASA more contracting...

Luc Riesbeck Cited by Forbes

Luc Riesbeck was quoted in the Forbes news article titled “SpaceX’s Application For 30,000 Extra Starlink Satellites Highlights Concerns About...

Dr. John Logsdon Cited by Politico

Dr. Logsdon was quoted in the Politico Space news article titled “Licensing spacecraft for the future.”

Get to Know the Space Policy Institute


1957 E St NW Suite 403

Washington, D.C. 20052

Phone: (202) 994-1592

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