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.

Renata Knittel Kommel, SPI 2020′, intervention on Brazilian Globo News broadcast

Renata Knittel Kommel, 2020 SPI alumnus, currently working for The Secure World Foundation, offered an intervention on the Brazilian channel Globo News. Ms. Knittel Kommel discussed the SpaceX and NASA launch of astronauts to the International Space Station and its...

Laura Delgado López, SPI 2011′, interview for Elliott School Graduate Admissions

Laura Delgado López, 2011 SPI alumnus currently working as a policy analyst at the NASA Science Mission Directorate offered an interview for Elliott School Graduate Admissions. Ms. López discussed her career path and offered advice for current Elliott School graduate...

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld talks in Aerospace Corp. podcast on space resource utilization

Dr. Herzfeld participated in a podcast interview on the topic of space resource utilization with Dr. James A. Vedda, SPI alumnus, working with the Aerospace Corporation. The podcast was aired on Tuesday, April 28th, and can be accessed...

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...

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1957 E St NW Suite 403

Washington, D.C. 20052

Phone: (202) 994-1592

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