The session, titled “Shaping Space Acquisitions for the Future Force”, was part of an ongoing series of Space Group Breakfasts. Dr. Pace was joined by moderator Steven Isakowitz, President and Chief Executive Office at Aerospace Corporation, and Maj. Gen. Roger Teague, Director of Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions.
Dr. Hertzfeld discussed “The Outer Space Treaty and Its Impact on Space Law”, which focused on the Outer Space Treaty, its impacts during the last fifty years on space development, and the future of the Treaty in the context of the revitalization of space exploration. The program was hosted by The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Steven M. Schneebaum International Law Society and SAIS International Law and Organizations Program.
Dr. Logsdon commented on the significance of the SpaceX’s March 30 reuse of a Falcon 9 rocket in Business Insider’s “‘Right in the bull’s-eye’: SpaceX just pulled off a revolutionary rocket launch.” His comments were featured in a variety of other outlets, including Futurism, Tech Times, Yahoo Finance and Russia Times.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Capitol Hill Holiday Inn
550 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
Presented by The Space Policy Institute and Universities Space Research Association
How Can Evolving SSA Capabilities Contribute To Science, Commerce, And Security?
The term Space Situational Awareness (SSA) refers to the ability to view, understand and predict the physical location of natural and manmade objects (like satellites) in orbit around the Earth, with the objective of avoiding collisions.
The Space Situational Awareness Symposium organized by the Universities Space Research Association and the Space Policy Institute offers a platform for discussion of issues at various levels. It addresses the question of “How can Evolving SSA Capabilities Contribute to Science, Commerce, and Security.”
It zeroes in on the intersection of military functions that address threats from space objects and the needs of the commercial space industries which need reliable and efficient data for the safety of satellite operations. It also examines the intersection of domestic and international space policy, the dual role of the civil and military agencies, the role of policy makers, of the technical community and their impact on space policy.
Some of the questions the Symposium proposes to address are:
- What are the technology innovations that can give the United States a competitive edge?
- Should the United States make data available to other countries? How can we share data with other countries?
- What kind of data processing capabilities do we have to characterize objects as they fly through space?
- When is it safe to launch— and how do we avoid collisions after reaching space?
- What are the role of civil and military agencies in space situational awareness?
- How can the commercial space industry share data with the Air Force and the Department of Defense? How can academia help promote better cooperation?
- And finally, how can developing nations who are impacted by US space policies but who don’t have their own space programs, get included in international discussions?
1:00 P.M. Welcome and Introductory Remarks
- Jeff Isaacson, USRA President and CEO
- Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute
1:10 P.M. Frederick A. Tarantino Memorial Address
- Maj. Gen. Roger W. Teague, Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, U.S. Department of Defense
2:00 P.M. National Security and International Developments
- Lt. Col. Jeremy Raley, Program Manager, DARPA Tactical Technology Office.
- Richard Buenneke, Senior Advisor for National Security Space Policy, Office of Emerging Security Challenges, U.S. Department Of State
- Thomas Cooley, Senior Scientist for Space Situational Awareness, Air Force Research Laboratory
- Douglas Hendrix, Chief Executive Officer, Exoanalytic Solutions
3:15 P.M. Coffee Break
3:45 P.M. Civil and Commercial Developments
- George Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
- Lauri Newman, Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis Manager, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
- Stacie Williams, Program Officer, Remote Sensing and Imaging Physics Air Force Office of Scientific Research
- T.S. Kelso, Senior Research Astrodynamicist, Center For Space Standards And Innovation, Analytical Graphics Inc.
- Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation
5:00 P.M. Invitation to the Reception
- Steve Ackerman, Chair, USRA Council of Institutions
This event is by invitation only. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Dr. Pace’s comments on a past SpaceX launch failure were cited in a Christian Science Monitor article titled, “Blue Origin offers window into what a space vacation might look like, literally“.
Dr. Pace spoke about the National Space Society and L5 Society’s contributions to the industry on The Space Show’s Broadcast 2891.
Dr. Logsdon will provide expert commentary in the documentary exploring the past, present, and future state of the U.S. space program. “Fight for Space” will also feature appearances by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jim Lovell, Story Musgrave, Rick Tumlinson, Robert Zubrin, James Muncy, Marcia B. Smith, Bill Nye, Gene Kranz, and Jeff Greason.
Dr. John Logsdon provided a progress talk on his next novel, tentatively titled, “Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier” at the National Air and Space Museum.
SPI graduate student Cody Knipfer authored “To Guarantee American Space Leadership, NASA Must Partner with Private Industry”, which was featured in Huffington Post.
SPI graduate student Evan Linck co-authored “Beyond the RD-180” for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he contributes as an analyst for the Aerospace Security Project.