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Our Meeting Summaries

Hidden Benefits of NRO Spy Technology, July 2014

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 29-Jul-2014 (Updated: 29-Jul-2014 04:27 PM)
On July 11, 2014, the Space Foundation held a panel discussion highlighting the benefits derived by society from intelligence-gathering technology developed by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  NRO designs, builds and operates the nation's spy satellites. published a summary of the discussion on July 12, 2014.  Panelists at the event were Dr. Robert McDonald and Dr. James Outzen from the Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance.

Satellites and Maritime Domain Awareness, June 2014

Marcia S. Smith and Len Ly
Posted: 19-Jun-2014 (Updated: 19-Jun-2014 03:12 PM)

The Secure World Foundation held a seminar on "Monitoring the High Seas:  The Increasing Role of Space In Maritime Domain Awareness" on June 16, 2014.  Five experts on MDA discussed the role that satellites play in the multi-layered approach to providing MDA, including optical and imaging satellites as well as Satellite-AIS (S-AIS) based on the International Maritime Organization's Automatic Identification System (AIS). published a summary of the meeting on June 19, 2014.   The speakers were:

  • Guy Thomas, co-founder, C-SIGMA Centre
  • John Mittleman, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Maj. Charity Weeden, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Jon Huggins, Oceans Beyond Piracy project of the One Earth Future Foundation
  • Bharath Gopalaswamy, South Asia Center, the Atlantic Council

Rep. Frank Wolf Speaks to Space Policy Institute on Future of NASA, April 2014

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 29-Apr-2014 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 07:01 PM)
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who chairs the House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) subcommittee that funds NASA, spoke to George Washington University's Space Policy Institute on April 28, 2014.   One focus of his remarks was his belief that the next step in the U.S. human spaceflight program should be a return to the Moon, not a mission to an asteroid as proposed by President Obama.   He also stressed his objections to any space cooperation between the United States and China because of China's human rights violations. summarized his remarks in an article published that day.

Senator Barbara Mikulski Speech to Maryland Space Business Roundtable, April 2014

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 07-Apr-2014 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 07:02 PM)
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ardent NASA supporter, spoke to the Maryland Space Business Roundtable on April 7, 2014.  She vowed to "work her earrings off" to fund NASA at least at the same level as FY2014 even though President Obama requested less money for FY2015. published a summary of her remarks the same day. 

Easing the Burden: Reducing the Cost of National Security Space Capabilities, March 2014

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 24-Mar-2014 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:57 PM)

On March 24, 2014, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) held a panel discussion to release its report "Easing the Burden:  Reducing the Cost of National Security Space Capabilities." published a summary of the meeting that day.  Panelists were:

  • Frank Slazer, AIA
  • Keith Robertson, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • Jeff Trauberman, Boeing
  • David Barnhart, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Rick Skinner, Northrop Grumman Aerospace

NASA Advisory Council ISS Research Subcommittee, February 2014

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 24-Feb-2014 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 07:00 PM)
The Research Subcommittee of the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council met on February 24, 2014 in Washington, DC to discuss research conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS).   Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and Sam Scimemi, ISS Director at NASA Headquarters, were among the officials who briefed the subcommittee. published a summary of the remarks made by Gerstenmaier and Scimemi on February 24, especially Gerstenmaier's comments about the desirability of the private sector building commercial space stations as successors to ISS because he does not believe the government will build future space stations of that magnitude.

FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, February 2014

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 08-Feb-2014 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:57 PM)
The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation held its 17th annual meeting from February 5-6, 2014 in Washington, DC. published a summary of the highlights of the conference on February 8, 2014 in an article entitled "Delight over ISS Extension, Debate Over Regulations Highlight 2014 FAA Commercial Space Conference."

American Astronautical Society Panel on International Cooperation in Space, November 2013

Laura M. Delgado
Posted: 20-Nov-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:56 PM)
The American Astronautical Society sponsored a panel discussion on international cooperation in space on November 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.  Representatives of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) discussed the advantages and disadvantages of cooperating in space activities. published a summary of the meeting on November 20.

NASA Administrator Bolden Speaks to NRC Human Spaceflight Committee, October 2013

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 27-Oct-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:59 PM)
The National Research Council's (NRC's) Committee on Human Spaceflight met on October 21-23, 2013.   Most of the meeting was closed, but NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden spoke to the committee in open session on October 21. published a summary of Bolden's remarks on October 25.

ISPCS 2013, October 2013

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez
Posted: 22-Oct-2013 (Updated: 17-Aug-2014 06:59 PM)
The International Symposium on Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2013 was held October 16-17, 2013 in New Mexico. published a summary of the meeting on October 22, 2013.