Our Civil Meeting Summaries
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.
On March 8, 2013, George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics held a day-long seminar to look back at the 2003 space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) tragedy and what lessons were learned, unlearned, or forgotten in its aftermath. Speakers included Adm. Harold (Hal) Gehman, who chaired the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) and fellow CAIB member John Logsdon, along with many of the former astronauts and NASA officials who were on the frontline of recovering the remains of the crew and fragments of the space shuttle and helping CAIB determine the causes of the disaster. This SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the seminar by Laura Delgado and Marcia Smith was published on March 10.
On February 1, 2013, the NASA Day of Remembrance 2013 honoring the crews of Apollo 1 (AS-204), Challenger (STS-51-L), Columbia (STS-107) and other astronauts who lost their lives, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) held a panel discussion on Caution and Risk: Balancing Risk in Spaceflight at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. That day was the 10th anniversary of the loss of Columbia and her crew.
This SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the panel discussion was published the next day. The panel, moderated by NASM space historian Roger Launius, featured June Scobee Rogers, widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA Public Outreach Alan Ladwig, Apollo and Shuttle astronaut Ken Mattingly, and space historian Steve Dicks. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin made a surprise appearance as well.
On February 16, 2012, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Jane Lubchenco and other NOAA officials, including Deputy Administrator Kathy Sullivan, provided a briefing on NOAA's FY2013 budget request. These SpacePolicyOnline.com meeting notes were originally published as an article on February 16 under the title "NOAA Administrator: Weather Satellites Vital, but "Loom Large" in Budget. The budget request includes funding for JPSS, GOES-R, DSCOVR and Jason-3 satellites.
On February 13, 2012, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) John Grunsfeld and other SMD officials answered questions from the media about SMD's FY2013 budget request. These SpacePolicyOnline.com notes from the teleconference were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on February 16 under the title "NASA Science Officials: News Not Entirely Bleak for Mars, PU-238 Restart Still Needed."
On February 14, 2012, Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other USGS officials provided a briefing on the FY2013 budget request for USGS. That request includes funding for the Landsat land remote sensing satellite system. USGS operates the two existing Landsat satellites and will operate the next in the series, Landsat 8. NASA built and will launch Landsat 8, which it calls the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). These SpacePolicyOnline.com notes from the USGS briefing were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com on February 14 under the title "USGS Director: Landsat Has Many Fans, But Affordable Solution Needed for Future."
On February 13, 2012, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, answered questions from the media via teleconference on the budget request for his office. These SpacePolicyOnline.com meeting notes from that teleconference were originally published on SpacePolicyOnline.com under the title Gerstenmaier: Soyuz Launch Date May Advance, INKSNA Waiver Needed, Beyond LEO Destination TBD.
On June 16, 2011, the Secure World Foundation held a seminar to discuss the progress of implementing President Obama's National Space Policy one year after its release. SpacePolicyOnline.com's meeting notes from the seminar are available by clicking here.
Key Moments in Human Spaceflight is a SpacePolicyOnline.com meeting summary of a NASA/National Air and Space Museum conference held April 25-26, 2011 commemorating 50 years of human spaceflight.