About Us

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.

SPI focuses its activities on policy issues related to the space efforts of the United States, as well as the cooperative and competitive interactions in space between the United States and other nations. The Institute provides a setting in which scholars, policy analysts, practitioners, and students can work together on current and future space issues. The Space Policy Institute is a proud affiliate of the Aerospace Corporation, International Space University, the European Space Policy Institute and the Beijing Institute of Technology, Institute of Space Law.



IAF Elects Pascale Ehrenfreund as its First Woman President

October 09, 2018

Pascale Ehrenfreund, research professor at the Space Policy Institute, was elected last week as the new President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).


Familiar Faces at IAC 2018

October 09, 2018

Current and former Space Policy Institute faculty, students, alumni, and visiting scholars were at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany last week.

Dr. Hertzfeld on NPR Talking About Space Mining

September 25, 2018

Dr. Hertzfeld was interviewed by NPR concerning the potential for space mining in the future.

Dr. John Logsdon Writes Article for Time magazine

September 11, 2018

Dr. John Logsdon weighs in on the costs and benefits of human spaceflight in his Time.com article, "The Costs of Human Spaceflight are High. History Shows the Benefits Are Too".

Dr. Hertzfeld on The Space Show

August 14, 2018

Dr. Hertzfeld was on The Space Show on August 10, discussing the issue of space as a global commons.

SPI and USRA Co-host “Return to the Moon: A Partnership of Government, Academia and Industry.”

March 29, 2018

The Space Policy Institute and Universities Space Research Association co-hosted their annual conference on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018.

Visiting Scholar Dr. Ruth Stilwell Gives Talk on Space Operations and US Airspace above 20km

February 21, 2018

Dr. Ruth Stilwell, a visiting scholar at SPI, gave the following talk in our offices on her research topic, Space Operations and US Airspace Above 20km

Mansfield Foundation and SPI Host U.S. - Japan Space Forum

February 02, 2018

The Forum, titled: Space in the Abe-Trump Era: New Threats, New Actors, featured two panels Space in the U.S.

SPI graduate student Cody Knipfer recently published "Revisiting Non-Interference Zones in Outer Space" in The Space Review

January 31, 2018

SPI graduate student Cody Knipfer published a new piece in The Space Review, entitled "Revisiting Non-Interference Zones in Outer Space." 

SPI Graduate Student Takuya Wakimoto published "How to Reduce US Space Expenses Through Competitive and Cooperative Approaches" in The Space Review

January 23, 2018

SPI Graduate Student Takuya Wakimoto published "How to Reduce US Space Expenses Through Competitive and Cooperative Approaches" in The Space Review.