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.


How should Japan's space agency foster NewSpace?

January 07, 2019

Takashi Uchino, SPI visiting scholar, wrote "How should Japan's space agency foster NewSpace?", which is his second article to appear in The Space Review.

Which First Man? Film Doesn't Depict Real Neil Armstrong (Op-Ed)

November 08, 2018

Dr. Logsdon weighs in on the recent First Man movie, in particular the film's portrayal of Neil Armstrong, in his Space.com Op-Ed "Which First Man? Film Doesn't Depict Real Neil Armstrong (Op-Ed)".

What to Call the Moon

October 24, 2018

Is it moon or Moon? In AIAA's Aerospace America November 2018 issue, Dr. John Logsdon weighs in on whether or not Earth's one and only natural satellite should be written with a capital "M".

Once We Went to the Moon

October 24, 2018

Dr. John Logsdon's article, which discusses a U.S. return to the moon, appears in AIAA's Aerospace America October 2018 issue.

Visiting Scholar Takashi Uchino's article appears in The Space Review

October 23, 2018

Takashi Uchino's article, "A comparison of American and Japanese space policy structures", was featured this week in The Space Review.


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.