SPI 30th Anniversary Reception

Monday, September 18, 2017

In 1987, the George Washington University established the Space Policy Institute (SPI) in recognition of the need for an independent and informed source of space policy expertise. Over the past three decades, the Institute has developed into a global leader in graduate education, research, and professional public outreach, making a difference in shaping current and future space activities.

John Logsdon Featured at Politico’s Panel on “The New American Space Age”

Dr. Logsdon was featured in a panel last night hosted by Politico on the new American space age.

“We sit at a pivotal moment for John F. Kennedy’s legacy of space innovation, with private enterprise ramping up spaceflight efforts and anew administration in Washington considering a new vision for America’s space program.
Join POLITICO as we convene experts for a deep-dive conversation to explore the possibilities and risks of what could be a historic transformation in space innovation and policy. Is there a new vision for American space innovation that will capture the imagination of America -and what will it take to get there?


John Logsdon, Founding Director and Professor Emeritus, Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University
Alex MacDonald, Senior Economic Advisor, NASA
Teasel Muir-Harmony, Curator, Space History Department, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Bob Richards, Founder and CEO, Moon Express
Secretary Heather Wilson, Principal Space Adviser, U.S. Department of Defense
Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Jamie Morin, Vice President and Executive Director of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation”

Pace and Logsdon in ‘The Age of Aerospace’

Dr. Pace and Dr. Logsdon will be appearing in the first episode of the new season of The Age of Aerospace. Worth a watch! Below is more information:

Both seasons will be airing on the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the American Heroes Channel. Season two will also be broadcast internationally in many languages over the next few months. All of season one and season two will also be streaming online at theageofaerospace.com beginning on September 8th.

Science Channel
Season 1
Fridays (8/25-9/22)
Season 2
Fridays (9/8-9/22)

Discovery Channel
Seasons 1 and 2
Saturdays (8/5-9/23)

American Heroes
Season 1
Saturdays (8/26-9/23)
Season 2
Saturday (9/30)

Episode 1 – The First Space War (Premieres 9/8 on Science Channel)
60 years since the launch of Sputnik, satellites have become the invisible infrastructure that powers our modern world. But it wasn’t until the 1991 Gulf War that the public came to recognize the transformative power of GPS and communications satellites.

Episode 2 – The Spirits >From St. Louis (Premieres 9/15 on Science Channel)
James McDonnell and his St. Louis based McDonnell Aircraft transform naval aviation following WWII, bringing the first jet-powered fighter to American carrier decks. McDonnell Banshees, Voodoos and Phantoms become iconic defenders of the free world.

Episode 3 – Going Vertical: Piasecki’s Machine (Premieres 9/22 on Science Channel)
Frank Piasecki was a pioneer of rotorcraft and his groundbreaking tandem rotor design brought the helicopter into the modern age. The iconic Chinook helicopter and its many uses from combat to humanitarian aid is his legacy.

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