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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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Space is bigger than NASA

March 14, 2017

Dr. Pace authored an op-ed for The Hill, titled "Space is bigger than NASA," which offers commentary on policy decisions facing the current administration.

"Presidential space leadership depends on the enabling context (part 2)"

February 20, 2017

Visiting scholar, Matt Chessen's article, "Presidential space leadership depends on the enabling context (part 2)," was published in The Space Review and analyzes the factors which may determine the Trump Administration's success or failure in space leadership.

SPI Alumna Laura Delgado Lopez Featured in Tribute to Space Policy Editor-in-Chief

February 03, 2017

Laura's work, "When inspiration fails to inspire: A change of strategy for the US space program," originally written for a graduate course in space policy, was published in the Space Policy Journal in 2011. It was recently selected by Former Editor-in-Chief, Frances Brown, as one of her favorite pieces in a 26-year tenure which saw over 1,000 space policy pieces published.

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld Comments on 50th Anniversary of Outer Space Treaty

January 27, 2017

Dr. Hertzfeld's comments were featured in The Verge's article, "How an international treaty signed 50 years ago became the backbone for space law."

Dr. Scott Pace Cited in Inside GNSS

January 27, 2017

Dr. Pace commented for Inside GNSS on the risks of GPS interference in the context of cybersecurity in "GPS Roundup: Congress Reopens for Business."

Team Led by Prof. Michael Keidar Develops Micropropulsion System

January 24, 2017

In December, GW and Vector, a company that connects space startups and innovations with reliable and affordable space access, reached an agreement to license plasma thruster technology created by School of Engineering and Applied Science Professor Michael Keidar and researchers in his lab.
The technology allows researchers to propel miniature satellites, only 10 centimeters long on each side, and control them while in space.

Dr. John Logsdon Comments on Chinese Space Ambitions for The Atlantic

January 23, 2017

Dr. Logsdon was able to give perspective on the rate of Chinese launches in "China’s Growing Ambitions in Space," published by The Atlantic.

Dr. Pace and Dr. Logsdon Comment on Obama Space Legacy

January 19, 2017

Dr. Pace and Dr. Logsdon reflected on the Obama Administration's space contributions in The Verge's "Obama’s NASA made strides on commercial space, but stumbled on exploration."

Dr. Scott Pace Cited in Inside GNSS

January 17, 2017

Dr. Pace commented on use of Galileo in the US in "FCC Seeks Comments on Allowing Galileo Use in U.S.," published by Inside GNSS.