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


SPI Graduate Student Chris Beauregard Moderates Dupont Summit Panel

Chris Beauregard was a moderator for The 10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. His panel was titled, “An Examination of Presidential Leadership in Space Policy”.

Panelists included Ben Roberts, Vice President of Government Affairs at Moon Express, Tommy Sanford, Executive Director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Jason Callahan, Space Policy Advisor with the Planetary Society, and Teasel Muir-Harmony, the Curator at the National Air and Space Museum Space History Department.

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SPI Hosts Colonel Jack Fischer, NASA Astronaut: “Living and Working Aboard the International Space Station”

Jack D. Fischer (Colonel, U.S. Air Force) was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in July 2009, and completed his training in 2011. The Colorado native served as a Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station of the Expedition 51/52. He returned to Earth Sept. 2 from his first mission where he logged 136 days in space and conducted two spacewalks. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Colonel Fischer is an Air Force Command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in more than 45 types of aircraft.

At this unique event, Colonel Fischer discussed what life was like living and working aboard the International Space Station including the research investigations he conducted in microgravity, the importance of international collaboration in space, and how space policy has evolved in his tenure as a NASA astronaut. Colonel Fischer also participated in a Q&A moderated by Space Policy Institute research professor, Dr. Henry R. Herztfeld.

Past and Future: An Analysis of the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Forecasts

The ISTP Capstone Project, “Past and Future: An Analysis of the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Forecasts” by Nathan Boll, Michael Sloan, and Erika Solem, compiles key data for commercial space launch metrics from 1995-2017 and uses retrospective analysis to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of previous FAA Commercial Space Transportation Forecasts.

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