Our Meeting Summaries
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. SpacePolicyOnline.com 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.
The FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation held its 17th annual meeting from February 5-6, 2014 in Washington, DC. SpacePolicyOnline.com 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."
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. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the meeting on November 20.
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. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of Bolden's remarks on October 25.
The International Symposium on Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) 2013 was held October 16-17, 2013 in New Mexico. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the meeting on October 22, 2013.
The National Research Council's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) met on October 10-11, 2013. On October 11, ASEB received briefings on the status of several space technologies including space-based additive manufacturing (better known as 3D printing); Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) technologies for spacecraft visiting other planetary bodies; and solar electric propulsion, a technological centerpiece of NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the space-related portions of the ASEB meeting on October 13, 2013 under the title "Space-Based 3D Printing Tweaks ASEB's Interest."
The George C. Marshall Institute and TechAmerica Space Enterprise Council held a panel discussion on the future of military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) on September 19, 2013. The discussion used a new report by Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments as its basis. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the meeting on September 23, 2013.
On July 9, 2013, Ball Aerospace sponsored the Target NEO 2 workshop. It was a follow-on to the 2011 Target NEO workshop that discussed the technical aspects of achieving President Obama's 2010 goal of sending astronauts to an asteroid by 2025. The 2013 workshop discussed the technical challenges of the latest iteration of that goal -- NASA's Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) to send a robotic probe to capture an asteroid, redirect it to lunar orbit, and send astronauts there to study it and possibly return a sample to Earth. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the Target NEO 2 workshop by correspondent Gabriele Martinez-Betancourt on July 13, 2013.
On June 13, 2013, a seminar was held at the National Archives on the roles Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford played in the space program as part of a centennial celebration of both presidents. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the seminar on June 15, 2013. Speakers were John Logsdon, George Washington University; Bill Barry, NASA; and Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum.
NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Bill Gerstenmaier spoke at two meetings during the week of April 15, 2013 explaining the agency's new plan to capture an asteroid, bring it into an orbit around the Moon, and send astronauts to obtain a sample. On April 20, 2013, SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of Gerstenmaier's comments at those meetings. The article also provides a SpacePolicyOnline.com analysis of the challenges the agency faces in convincing stakeholders to support the idea.