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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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"A coming communications crunch at Mars"

June 05, 2017

SPI graduate student, Cody Knipfer, authored "A coming communications crunch at Mars," which was featured in The Space Review.

Chris Beauregard to Represent SGAC as Delegate in IAF Workshop

June 01, 2017

SPI graduate student, Chris Beauregard was nominated to represent the Space Generation Advisory Council and was accepted by the International Astronautical Federation's International Programme/Project Management Committee (IPMC) for the 2017 Young Professional Workshop in Adelaide, Australia.

Recent SPI Activity Featured in IAF Newsletter

May 31, 2017

The Space Policy Institute's recent successes were highlighted in the Members' Corner of the International Astronautical Federation's May newsletter.

Dr. John Logsdon's Books Highlighted by NASA for JFK's 100th Birthday Celebration

May 29, 2017

Excerpts from Dr. Logsdon's extensive research and writings on John F. Kennedy and the space program were highlighted by NASA and featured by and UPI.

Dr. Pace Featured on The Space Show

May 26, 2017

Dr. Pace was welcomed by The Space Show for an 82-minute discussion on U.S. space policy, past, present, and future. The broadcast includes discussion of the Senate Commerce Committee hearings on the OST, property rights, privatization vs. commercial development, global commons and more.

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld Cited in Wall Street Journal

May 19, 2017

Dr. Hertzfeld commented on the original intentions of the Outer Space Treaty in a WSJ piece titled "Who's in Charge of Outer Space?"

Dr. John Logsdon Quoted in Washington Post

May 17, 2017

Dr. Logsdon's comments on the intentions of cislunar missions were featured in a Washington Post article titled "'Mars Society founder blasts NASA for ‘worst plan yet.’"

Dr. John Logsdon Participates in Reddit AMA

May 12, 2017

Dr. Logsdon participated in a two-hour Ask Me Anything (AMA) session in the r/Politics subreddit in which over 100 questions and comments were submitted by users on the topics of exploration, international cooperation, and the past, present and future of NASA.


Dr. Pace Featured in Humans to Mars Panel on Moon Exploration

May 11, 2017

Dr. Pace spoke about the important role of lunar missions in the context of future exploration of Mars. The panel, titled "Is the Moon a Good Step on the Way to Mars?" took place at the Humans to Mars Summit hosted at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. The panel begins at 54:20 in the broadcast.

Dr. John Logsdon Cited in The Space Review

May 08, 2017

Dr. Logsdon's comments on Public-Private Partnerships were featured in Jeff Foust's Space Review article titled "Revisiting America’s future in civil space."