Emerging Issues in Space Governance, SGAC Space Cooperation and Diplomacy Series

Tuesday, February 25th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 505

Building on the success of the previous Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Space Cooperation and Diplomacy panels, we are delighted to announce our third panel, in partnership with the Space Policy Institute, on Emerging Issues in Space Governance. This event featured a panel of diplomats and government officials from the United States, Japan, Luxembourg, and Brazil.

Featured Speakers

Masami Onoda, D.C. Office Director, JAXA

Josef Koller, Systems Director, The Aerospace Corporation

H.E. Ambassador Gaston Stronck, Luxembourg Embassy to the United States

Lauro Beltrão, Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazilian Embassy to the U.S.


50 Years of Swiss-American Collaboration in Space Research

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Elliott School of International Affairs

The Space Policy Institute hosted an event with the Embassy of Switzerland on “50 Years of Swiss-American Collaboration in Space Research” to celebrate the Swiss Solar Wind Experiment as part of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Several interesting presentations on Switzerland’s past and present space research programs and activities were delivered:

The Swiss Solar Wind Experiment: Insights from a Witness at the Time
Dr. Jürg Meister, Ph.D. student at the University of Bern in 1969 when he was involved with the solar wind experiment

Swiss Space Policy
Oliver Botta, Scientific Advisor, Swiss Space Office

Swiss-American Space Research Today
Willy Benz, Professor and Director of the National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS, University of Bern


Speakers’ bios can be found HERE.

Meeting with Science Counselor Shimasaki of Embassy of Japan

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

JAXA DC Office

A group of students at The George Washington University, including several Space Policy Institute students, who recently visited Japan as part of a space policy-themed KAKEHASHI Project trip had a meeting with Science Counselor Shimasaki of Embassy of Japan.

The event, held at the JAXA Washington DC Office, included a discussion about US-Japan collaboration and encouraging partnerships between government and the private sector.

Check out some photos of the meeting from the Japanese Embassy DC Twitter and Facebook.

Space Exploration and Development – Space Assets Enabling A Sustainable Future: Joint project with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with the support of JAXA and SGAC

Monday – Tuesday, February 18-19, 2019

JAXA DC Office
International Student House

The Space Policy Institute cooperated with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) to discuss topics such as international space cooperation and utilizing space technology for international development and economic growth.

The students from each university made proposals about topics and discussed each proposal in a panel discussion held by International Student House (ISH), and organized by Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

On day 1, SPI students discussed with TUAT students to sharpen their proposal in the workshop held in the JAXA DC Office.

Fig 1. Students discussed in three groups made depending on their interests.

On day 2, students from both universities gave presentations in the panel discussion held in International Student House. At the beginning of the event, Dr. Hertzfeld gave a welcome remark.

Fig 2. Dr. Hertzfeld gave a remark at the beginning of the event.

Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier – A discussion by Professor Emeritus John M. Logsdon

Thursday, January 31, 2019
12:15pm – 2:00pm

Lindner Commons, 6th Floor
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW

The Space Policy Institute and the Elliott School Book Launch Series held a lunchtime discussion by Professor Emeritus John M. Logsdon of his recently published book, Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier. Dr. Logsdon discussed his research for the book and what readers could expect to learn about Ronald Reagan and his role in U.S. space history. Following the discussion, Dr. Logsdon signed copies of his new book for those in attendance.










Space Economics: Challenges and Opportunities for Investment, Innovation, and International Partnerships

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC 20008

A new collaboration between the George Washington University and SDA Bocconi School of Management

The Embassy of Italy hosted an event on September 13, 2018 entitled, “Space Economics: Challenges and Opportunities for Investment, Innovation, and International Partnerships”. Organized by the Italian Space Agency, the Space Economy Evaluation Lab of the Bocconi University School of Management, and the Space Policy Institute, the event included opening remarks by Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, and keynote address by Executive Secretary of the National Space Council Scott Pace.

Discussion during the event highlighted the need for continued cooperation in space between the United States and Italy, and attention was given to the evolving industry of public and private players in space. In this view, the discussion focused on how different activities and practices will impact the space economy on an international level, and what can be done through partnerships to understand and impact the space economy in the future.

Following the discussion, the Space Economy Evaluation Lab of Bocconi University School of Management and the Space Policy Institute took action to continue cooperation, and signed a partnership agreement to collaborate and work together to address the challenges and opportunities of space economics.

Dr. Hertzfeld and Andrea Sommariva sign the partnership agreement.
From left to right: Andrea Sommariva, Dr. Hertzfeld, Scott Pace, and Ambassador Varricchio.
Roundtable discussion with Ignazio Droghini, Dr. Hertzfeld, Andrea Sommariva, Andrea Zanini, and Mike Gold.

Read more about the event from the Embassy of Italy.

Cooperatively Managed Airspace as a Model for Space Traffic Managment

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW
Suite 403
Washington, DC 20052

On her final day at the Space Policy Institute, Visiting Scholar Dr. Ruth Stilwell gave her last presentation on her research topic: Integrating New Entrants in Space Operations and Unmanned Aircraft in Civil Airspace above 60,000 feet. She presented “Cooperatively Managed Airspace as a Model for Space Traffic Management” and discussed the similarities, differences, and traits of Uncontrolled Traffic Management and Air Traffic Management, and provided some suggestions for applications to a possible Space Traffic Management system.

Greater Security Through International Space Collaboration

Thursday, July 19, 2018
8:00am – 12:00pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW
City View Room, 7th Floor

The Space Policy Institute co-hosted an event with The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy, which featured panel discussions on using outer space to create a more secure future on earth. Topics discussed at the symposia included balancing national security and economic security in a contested and congested space domain and strengthening partnerships through overcoming differences in priorities, opinions, and systems.

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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