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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 Smith, Editor, SpacePolicyOnline.com
Marcia Smith, Editor, SpacePolicyOnline.com

Marcia S. Smith is the founder and editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com. She has more than 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 quarterly 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 list of publications since 1973.

The Congressional Research Service, where Smith worked from 1975-2006, provides objective, non-partisan research and analysis exclusively to the Members and committee of Congress.  In addition to the many public CRS reports she authored, Smith also testified to congressional committees many times over her career.  Some of her written statements at congressional hearings remain available on the Internet and relevant to today’s debates.

Since SpacePolicyOnline.com began publication in 2009, several volunteers have contributed reporting, including:

Marc S. Allen was a SpacePolicyOnline.com contributor in 2016.  Allen retired from NASA in 2016 after serving for 3.5 years as NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Research in the Science Mission Directorate (SMD).  Prior to that, he was SMD’s Director for Strategic and International Planning for 14 years. 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.

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-June 2016, Ms. Delgado was a project manager for earth remote sensing and other space applications programs for the Secure World Foundation.  From May 2011-December 2013, she was the Earth Observations Associate at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Arlington, VA.   Ms. Delgado holds an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute and B.A. (summa cum laude) 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.