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The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, a world leader for 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.

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"We tried to save 150 people in Aleppo from 5,000 miles away"

January 09, 2017

Professor Steven Livingston's "We tried to save 150 people in Aleppo from 5,000 miles away" was published in the Washington Post and explores satellite-generated geospatial data use by human rights groups in the context of conflict in Syria.

Dr. John Logsdon Cited in Article Examining a Trump Administration Mission to Mars

December 16, 2016

Going to Mars, said John Logsdon of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, "depends on how quickly the international effort to go back to the Moon can be assembled, how much budget the US spends on that, what the level of the NASA budget is. And all those are unknown right now."

America’s Future in LEO? The possibilities and challenges facing commercial space stations (part 1)

December 12, 2016

First year graduate student, Cody Knipfer was published in The Space Review. His submission, "America’s future in LEO? The possibilities and challenges facing commercial space stations (part 1)" provides a detailed analysis of the future of ISS, specifically regarding research, commercial applications and eventual replacement options.

Dr. John Logsdon Pays Respects to Col. John Glenn

December 08, 2016

''John Glenn was true servant of the American public,” John Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, told

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Dr. John Logsdon Recalls Glenn-era Spaceflight Risks for Daily Mail

December 08, 2016

"Back before any human had actually gone into space, the doctors weren't sure they would survive," said space policy expert John Logsdon. "It was all new territory."

Dr. John Logsdon Interviewed by Wired Regarding Failed Soyuz Launch

December 07, 2016

“The Russian program is actually suffering the same problem as the US,” Logsdon says. “Their core engineers are retiring, and the young ones are attracted to more lucrative employment, or emigrating.” 

SPI Co-Hosts 2nd EU-US Space Policy Conference

December 07, 2016

The Space Policy Institute cohosted The 2nd EU-US Space Policy Conference in conjunction with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the U.S. Department of State.

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Space Policy Institute Alumna Receives NOAA Honor

December 06, 2016

Space Policy Institute graduate Kate Becker was presented with the Silver Sherman Award for her contributions to NOAA.

Dr. John Logsdon Comments on Russian Space Sector for Planetary Society

December 02, 2016

"The Russian space sector is short of funding, and may be having difficulties maintaining its quality control standards," said John Logsdon, a Planetary Society board member and professor emeritus

Navigating in Space - Taking GNSS to New Heights

November 30, 2016

SPI Director Scott Pace coauthored "Navigating in Space - Taking GNSS to New Heights," a study of  Global Navigation Satellite Systems published in Inside GNSS.