Visiting Scholar Dr. Ruth Stilwell Gives Talk on Space Operations and U.S. Airspace above 20km

Dr. Ruth Stilwell, a visiting scholar at SPI, gave the following talk in our offices on her research topic, Space Operations and U.S. Airspace Above 20km.

The focus is on integrating new entrants in commercial space and unnamed aircraft in civil airspace about 60,000 ft. The airspace between 20km and 100km will be the first truly mixed-use airspace for aviation and space operators. High altitude pseudo satellites, airborne launch platforms, high endurance unmanned vehicles, hypersonic suborbital flights and vehicles transiting to and from space will need to co-exist in this airspace. We have learned from low earth orbit that the path from lightly occupied to congested, contested and competitive is short. Building an operational concept for the management of this stratum with the diverse mission and operational needs of emerging technologies in mind is needed to promote innovation and growth in these industries, while maintaining safe and equitable access.

Mansfield Foundation and SPI Host U.S. – Japan Space Forum

The Forum, titled “Space in the Abe-Trump Era: New Threats, New Actors”, featured two panels Space in the U.S. – Japan Bilateral Alliance: Civilian Space/Defense Space, and Emerging Frontiers in Space Law, Innovation, and Security.

The following panelists were featured at the event:

Henry Hertzfeld, GW Space Policy Institute
Hiroshi Yamakawa, Kyoto University
Masao Akiyama, IHI, Inc.
John Hill, Office of Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Hideshi Kozawa, Office K
Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign Relations
Frank Jannuzi, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Setsuko Aoki, Keio University
Chris Blackerby, Astroscale
Saadia Pekkanen, University of Washington
Frank Rose, Aerospace Corporation


Space in the Abe-Trump Era: New Threats, New Actors

Thursday, February 1, 2018
9:00am – 1:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW
Lindner Family Commons, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20052

The Space Policy Institute partnered with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership on this public seminar to discuss: Space in the Abe-Trump Era. The seminar followed the sixth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Space Forum in Washington, D.C. in January, where American and Japanese experts from private sector, academia, and government met to discuss the current role of space in the U.S.-Japan relationship. At the event hosted at GWU, members of the U.S. Japan Space Forum discussed American and Japanese collaboration on space, focusing on evolving threats that underscore why it is so important. In addition, emerging technologies and new space actors were assess, and challenges for reforming these new entrants were discussed.

Professor Hiroshi Yamakawa from Kyoto University gives opening remarks.

Read more about the event from the Mansfield Foundation.

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