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September 2020

GLOBAL AEROSPACE SUMMIT, Sept 28-29, 2020, virtual

The Global Aerospace Summit, which was to take place in Abu Dhabi, will be virtual this year because of the pandemic.

It will take place September 28-29, 2020.  Note that times on the agenda are in Gulf Standard Time (GST).  Subtract 7 for Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Most of the space-related sessions are on Day 2, which begins at 10:00 am GST (3:00 am EDT).

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UNIV OF NEBRASKA SPACE LAW WEEK, Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020, virtual

Update:  The session scheduled for Tuesday on Launch Reform and Other Commercial Developments now will take place on Monday at 1:00 pm ET.

Original Entry: The University of Nebraska College of Law (UNL) will hold its 13th annual space law conference virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Instead of one day in Washington, DC, it will be one session per day throughout the week of September 28-October 2, 2020.

More information and a registration form are on the event’s website.

The program shows sessions at the following times.  Organizers say all are 1 hour long except Friday’s, which may be extended.

  • Monday, Sept 28, 3:00 pm ET (Harmful Contamination Standards and COSPAR Reform)
  • Tuesday, Sept 29,  Monday, Sept. 28, 1:00 pm ET (Launch Reform and Other Commercial Developments)
  • Wednesday, Sept 30, 1:00 pm ET (Artemis Accords)
  • Thursday, Oct 1, 12:00 pm ET (Spectrum Issues Before the FCC and ITU)
  • Friday, Oct 2, 1:00 pm ET (Military Space Operations)
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POST-2030 EUROPEAN SPACE AGENDA (ESPI), Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020, virtual

The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) will hold its 14th Autumn Conference from September 28-October 2, 2020.  It will take place virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

More information is on the event’s website.

Sessions begin at 15:30 Central European Summer Time EST (9:30 am Eastern Daylight Time) and end between 17:00 and 17:30  CEST (11:00-11:30 am ET)

The agenda is posted.


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ESA’s Φ-Week, Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020, virtual

The European Space Agency (ESA) will holds its third annual “Φ-Week” or “Phi-Week” from September 28-October 2, 2020.  It will take place virtually due to the pandemic and will “focus on innovation in Earth observation and showcase the latest achievements in Earth observation science, technology and applications.”

Speakers include:

  • ESA Director General, Jan Wörner,
  • ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher,
  • ECMWF Director General, Florence Rabier,
  • European Commission’s Deputy Director General for Defence Industry and Space, Pierre Delsaux,
  • Director General of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, Roberto Viola

More information and a registration link are on the event’s website.

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The date for the second session of the University of Nebraska College of Law (UNL) Space Law Week has moved forward by one day.  It was scheduled for September 29, but now will take place on September 28. The time is the same: 1:00 pm ET.

The topic is Launch Reform and Other Commercial Developments.

More information and registration information are on the event’s website.

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NASA and Northrop Grumman will hold a pre-launch press conference for the NG-14 Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station on September 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET.  The launch is scheduled for September 29.

Press conference participants are:

  • Greg Dorth, manager, International Space Station Program External Integration Office, NASA
  • Heidi Parris, assistant program scientist, International Space Station Program Science Office, NASA
  • Shannon Fitzpatrick, chief, Wallops Flight Facility Range and Mission Management Office, NASA
  • Frank DeMauro, vice president and general manager, Tactical Space, Northrop Grumman
  • Kurt Eberly, director, Launch Vehicles, Northrop Grumman


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The first session of the University of Nebraska College of Law (UNL) Space Law Week is on Monday, September 28, at 3:00 pm ET.

The topic is Harmful Contamination Standards and COSPAR Reform.

Other sessions are scheduled each day for the rest of the week.  The full program and other information are on the event’s website.

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NON-SPACE BUSINESS GOES TO THE MOON (MVA), Sept 29, 2020, virtual, 10:30 am-12:00 pm ET

The Moon Village Association (MVA), the ESA Downstream Gateway, and the Cyprus Space Exploration Organization (CSEO) will hold a webinar on September 29, 2020 from 4:30-6:00 pm Central European Summer Time (10:30 am-12:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time) on “Non-Space Business Goes to the Moon.”

The emailed invitation provides this information:


The ESA Downstream Gateway and the Moon Village Association (MVA) have the pleasure to invite you to a webinar, organized to address opportunities and challenges for non-space industries as to their possible contribution to the Moon Village establishment & development.

The event is streamed in cooperation with Cyprus Space Exploration Organization (CSEO).

Register to participate in the webinar or watch live on the MVA Facebook PageESA Facebook Page and CSEO Facebook Page.

The admission in the webinar will be on a first come first served basis, please make sure to join 5 minutes earlier.

Webinar Objectives

  • Promote the non-space industries’ involvement in the Moon-related activities
  • Find mutual benefits for space and non-space industries cooperation in the context of the Moon exploration & utilization
  • Identify economic expediency and commercial opportunities for non-space industries to invest in new developments aiming at a “dual use” (that is both for space and on-Earth applications), as well as bringing existing terrestrial solutions to the attention of space players
  • Promote MVA as a possible platform for a dialogue between the two groups of industry, defining attractive cooperation models.


  1. Introduction: Oleg Ventskovsky, MVA and Donatella Ponziani, ESA
  2. The Moon Village architecture scenarios and associated building blocks: John Mankins, MVA Vice-President
  3. The Space Agency perspective: Jan Woerner, ESA DG
  4. The Non-Space Companies perspective: Kajima (Japan), Space Zab (Thailand), Dinitech (Italy), Deeplunar (Luxembourg), Autodesk (US)
  5. The Space company perspective: Hervé Gilibert, ArianeGroup CTO
  6. Round-table discussion
  7. Q&A session
  8. Wrap-up and way forward
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CREW-1 PRE-LAUNCH BRIEFINGS AND INTERVIEWS, Sept 29, 2020, JSC/virtual, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm ET

NASA will hold a series of briefings and interviews on September 29, 2020 as part as the lead-up to the launch of SpaceX’s first operational crew mission to the International Space Station, Crew-1.

The launch is scheduled for October 23. It will take three NASA astronauts and 1 from JAXA to the ISS for a long-duration mission: Michael Hopkins, Vic Glover, Shannon Waker, and Soichi Noguchi.

The schedule of briefings on September 29 is as follows.  All will be broadcast on NASA TV and NASA Live.

11 a.m. – NASA’s Commercial Crew Program News Conference with the following participants:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Phil McAlister, director, Commercial Spaceflight Development, NASA Headquarters
  • Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX

12:30 p.m. – Crew-1 Mission Overview News Conference with the following participants:

  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Kenny Todd, deputy manager, International Space Station, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Anthony Vareha, NASA flight director, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Benji Reed, director, Crew Mission Management, SpaceX

·      Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station, JAXA

2 p.m. – Crew News Conference with the following participants:

  • Astronaut Michael Hopkins, spacecraft commander, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission
  • Astronaut Victor Glover, pilot, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission
  • Astronaut Shannon Walker, mission specialist, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission
  • Astronaut Soichi Noguchi, mission specialist, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission

3:30 p.m. – Round Robin Crew Interviews

  • Crew-1 astronauts will be available for a limited number of remote interviews following the news conference.
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The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a webinar on September 29, 2020 from 1:00-4:00 pm ET on “Designing Research Campaigns for the Next Decade of Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.”

The description on the event’s website, where the agenda and registration instructions also are posted, says:

The Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space 2023-2032 will begin later this year, bringing the research community together to identify priorities for the next decade. For the first time, the decadal survey will include a NASA request to present ideas for “research campaigns,” which may integrate multiple missions and multiple disciplines to tackle an overarching scientific or exploration goal. Learn more about NASA’s new research campaign initiative and ways to share your ideas with the decadal survey, once it is underway, at our webinar on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 1-4pm ET. During the webinar, invited speakers will discuss the decadal survey, flagship missions in NASA’s science mission directorate, and how to form teams and develop ideas for decadal survey white papers. At the end of the webinar, speakers will take questions from the audience.

Note that times on the agenda are in both Pacific Daylight Time (red) and Eastern Daylight Time (black).

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The American Astronautical Society (AAS) will hold its next Future in Space Hangout on September 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET.

The topic is “Protecting National Security Assets and Critical Functions for the Space Enterprise Space Systems.”

Participants are:

  • Brandon Bailey, Cybersecurity Senior Project LeaderThe Aerospace Corporation 
  • Tony Darnell, host and moderator
  • John StopherSenior Fellow, Prague Security Studies Institute 

More information and a link to where it can be viewed are on the event’s website.



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LAUNCH OF NG-14 CYGNUS CARGO SHIP TO ISS, now Oct 1, 2020, Wallops Island, VA


Update, September 27, 10:00 pm ET:  Northrop Grumman has announced that the launch has been delayed due to weather.  The new schedule is October 1 at 9:38 pm ET.

Original Entry: Northrop Grumman (NG) will launch its next Cygnus cargo spacecraft, NG-14, to the International Space Station from Wallops Island, VA on September 29, 2020 at 10:27 pm ET (NASA refined the time by one minute, it was 10:26 pm ET).

NASA TV coverage begins 10:00 pm ET.

Northrop Grumman names its Cygnus spacecraft after renowned members of the space community who have passed away.  This one is designated Kalpana Chawla. She was one of the NASA astronauts who perished in the 2003 space shuttle Columbia tragedy.

Here is Northrop Grumman’s viewing map for the launch.  If skies are clear, it should be visible along the mid-Atlantic coast.

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LUNAR SURFACE SCIENCE WORKSHOP VIRTUAL SESSION 4, Sept 30, 2020, virtual, 12:00-5:00 pm ET

Update, September 27:  The agenda is now posted and shows it is from 12:00-5:00 pm ET.

Original Entry: NASA, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Universities Space Research Association will hold the next their Lunar Surface Science Workshop virtual series on September 30, 2020.   This session, and another on October 28, will focus on Planetary Protection/Permanently Shadowed Region (PSR) Classification and Science Enabled by Mobility.

More information is on the event’s website, but the time is not specified.

Virtual Session 4: September 30, 2020
Planetary Protection/PSR Classification

Major questions to be addressed:

  • PP/PSR: Not all PSRs are created equal.

    • What are the major distinctions among PSRs?

    • How do we identify and classify different PSRs (e.g., keep-out zones vs. robotic/crew exploration targets vs. impact targets)?

    • What other locations (or portions therein) need to be classified? (e.g., heritage sites [A11–17, Luna, Surveyor, Chang’E]; past impact sites [LCROSS, S-IVB, Apollo ascent stages, LADEE, etc.]; current missions [NASA, commercial, international]; future infrastructure sites [crewed landings, solar farms, sustainable base]).

    • How do we set policy to govern PSRs and other sensitive/strategic sites within our own agency, the commercial sector, and internationally?

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The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on September 30, 2020 at 10:00 am ET  in 253 Russell Senate Office Building on “NASA Missions and Programs: Update and Future Plans.”  One focus will be plans for the Artemis program.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is the sole witness.

The Capitol Complex remains closed to the public.  Watch the hearing on the committee’s website. It also may be broadcast on NASA TV.

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The Space Technology Industry, Government, University Roundtable (STIGUR) of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will meet virtually on September 30, 2020 from 12:00-4:00 pm ET.

The meeting will be livestreamed at: https://livestream.com/nasem/events/9319302

More information is on the ASEB website.

As of September 26, the agenda is as follows:


12:00 pm Eastern
Wanda Sigur, STIGUR Chair

12:05 pm Eastern
Current STMD priorities
Jim Reuter, STMD AA

12:30 pm Eastern
Overview of STMD Technology Roadmaps and Future Plans (40 min presentation, 40 min discussion)
Walt Engelund, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, STMD and
Mark McDonald, STMD Chief Architect

1:50 pm Eastern

2:20 pm Eastern
NASA STMD Space Nuclear Technologies Portfolio (Surface Power and Space Propulsion)
Dr. Anthony Calomino, STMD Nuclear Technologies Portfolio Manager

3:50 pm Eastern
Closing remarks and suggestions for next meeting
Wanda Sigur, Chair

4:00pm Eastern

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SPACE ECONOMICS: BUILDING SUSTAINABLE SPACE INFRASTRUCTURE (Atlantic Council), Sept 30, 2020, virtual, 12:00 pm ET

The Atlantic Council will hold a webinar on September 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET on “Space Economics: Building Sustainable Space Infrastructure.”

Participants are:

Reggie Brothers, PhD
Nonresident Senior Fellow, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council;
NuWave Solutions

Peter Cannito
Operating Partner
AeroEquity Industrial

Joanne Lo, PhD
CEO and Cofounder
Elysian Labs, Inc.

David Bray, PhD (host)
Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council


More information and registration instructions are on the event’s website.

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ARTEMIS ACCORDS (UNL SESSION 3), Sept 30, 2020, virtual, 1:00 pm ET

The third session of the University of Nebraska’s College of Law (UNL) Space Law Week will take place on September 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET.

The topic is the The Artemis Accords: International Partner and Industry Cooperation and International Space Norms.

More information and registration instructions are on the event’s website.

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The National Space Society (NSS) will hold a webinar on September 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET to discuss “LEO Commercialization: The Pathway to Earth’s Trillion Dollar Space Economy.”

Participants are:

  • Lynn Harper, Lead, Integrative Studies, Space Portal at NASA Ames Research Center,
  • Alex MacDonald, Chief Economist at NASA,
  • Mike Lewis, Chief Innovation Officer at NanoRacks,
  • Cindy Martin-Brennan, Director, Strategic Engagement and External Affairs at Space Tango,
  • Rich Boling, Vice President of Techshot, Inc.,
  • Elena Bulanova, Head of Cell Technologies of 3-D Bioprinting Solutions,
  • Andrew Rush, COO of Redwire Space, President of Made In Space, Inc.
  • Moderated by Bruce Pittman, Chief System Engineer at NASA Space Portal and NSS Senior Vice President.

According to the emailed announcement:

This presentation can be viewed on e360tv.com on the web or via the e360 channel on your set-top device (Roku, Fire, etc.); on the NSS Facebook page, and on the NSS YouTube channel.

For further information, contact the National Space Society: nsshq@nss.org or 202-424-2899.


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HYPERSONICS AS ROUTE TO SPACE EXPLORATION (Defense One), Sept 30, 2020, virtual. 3:00-4:00 pm ET

Defense One will hold a webinar on September 30, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET on ” the future of manned hypersonics as they provide a route to space exploration. We’ll discuss how AI plays into hypersonic development and operation, and we’ll investigate how public and private organizations are approaching the future of hypersonic vehicles.”

Participants are:

  • Mike White, Assistant Director, Hypersonics, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Thomas Boggs, Chief AI Architect for the Leidos AI/ML Accelerator, Leidos

More information and registration instructions are on the event’s website.

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October 2020

NAC STEM ENGAGEMENT CMTE, Oct 1, 2020, virtual, 11:00 am-4:00 pm ET

The STEM Engagement Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) will meet virtually on October 1, 2020 from 11:00 am – 4:oo pm ET.

More information including how to listen to the meeting is in the Federal Register notice, which is reproduced below.

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public 
Law 92-463, as amended, the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration announces a meeting of the Science, Technology, 
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement Committee of the NASA 
Advisory Council (NAC). This Committee reports to the NAC.

DATES: Thursday, October 1, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

ADDRESSES: Virtual meeting by dial-in teleconference and WebEx only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Girten, Designated Federal 
Officer, NAC STEM Engagement Committee, NASA Headquarters, Washington, 
DC 20546, (202) 358-0212, or beverly.e.girten@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This meeting will be held virtually and will 
be available telephonically and by WebEx only. You must use a touch 
tone phone to participate in this meeting. Any interested person may 
dial the toll free access number 844-467-6272 or toll access number 
720-259-6462, and then the numeric participant passcode: 423307 
followed by the # sign. NOTE: If dialing in, please ``mute'' your 
telephone. To join via WebEx, use link:
The meeting number is 199 338 2435 and the password is 3pgDmf7PS@7 (password is case sensitive). 
The agenda for the meeting will include the following:

--Opening Remarks by Chair
--STEM Engagement Update
--NASA Minority University Research and Education Project
--Diversity and Performance and Evaluation Update
--Findings and Recommendations to the NASA Advisory Council
--Other Related Topics

    It is imperative that the meeting be held on this date to 
accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants.
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