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SpacePolicyOnline.com provides news, information and analysis about the policy aspects of the full scope of the U.S. space program -- civil (NASA, NOAA, FAA/AST, and other civil agencies), military (DOD and the intelligence community), and commercial -- as well as international space activities and space law.  The space program is much more than NASA.

Marcia S. Smith is the founder and editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com. She has almost four decades of experience in space policy, including 31 years at the Congressional Research Service on Capitol Hill (1975-2006), and three at the National Research Council's Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (2006-2009). She is the North American Editor of the journal Space Policy, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Astronautical Society (AAS). Here are links to a one-page biography and a complete list of publications since 1973.

Marc S. Allen joined SpacePolicyOnline.com as a contributor in March 2016.  He is the Principal of Odonata Research, a consultancy focused on facilitating, advising, and promoting research in space and Earth science in today's complex environment. Prior to 3 1/2 years as NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Research in the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), where his responsibilities included oversight of the Directorate's research granting and science mission acquisition policies and processes, he served for over 14 years as SMD’s Director for Strategic and International Planning.  Before joining NASA, he was Director of the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board (1991-1997) following 10 years in the commercial aerospace sector. He holds a PhD in astronomy from the University of Michigan and published peer-reviewed research under a postdoctoral appointment in solar physics.

Laura M. Delgado López was a SpacePolicyOnline.com correspondent from 2009-2015.  In July 2016, she joined the Harris Corporation's Space and Intelligence Systems Division as Environmental Solutions & International Strategic Account Manager.  From January 2014 until then, she was on the staff of the Secure World Foundation as a project manager specializing in earth remote sensing and other space applications programs in the international context.  From May 2011-December 2013, Ms. Delgado was the Earth Observations Associate at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Arlington, VA.   Ms. Delgado completed an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University's Space Policy Institute in May 2011, where she was a 2009 Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Northrop Grumman Fellow.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico.  While earning her academic degrees, Ms. Delgado served as an intern at four organizations: the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; the NAIC-Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico; and in the Office of then-Congressman (Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico) Luis Fortuño. Her research interests include international relations theory as applied to space policy, Earth observations, space developments in Latin America and space security.  A list of her publications is available here.