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July 2020

NASA EXPLORATION SCIENCE VIRTUAL FORUM, July 8-10, 2020, virtual

The annual NASA Exploration Science Forum (NESF) will take place virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The dates are July 8-10, 2020.  More information is on the event’s website.  Note that times on the agenda are in Pacific Daylight Time (add 3 for EDT).

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HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CJS SBCMTE FY2021 MARKUP, July 8, 2020, DC and virtual, 9:00 am ET

The Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will mark up its FY2021 appropriations bill, which includes NASA and NOAA, on July 8, 2020 at 9:00 am ET in 2118 Rayburn House Office Building and virtually.

During the coronavirus pandemic, House rules allows committee action to take place in a hybrid manner, where some members are in the room and others participate virtually.  The Capitol Complex is closed to the public, however, so the public must watch the webcast on the committee’s website.

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NASA ADVISORY COUNCIL AERONAUTICS COMMITTEE, July 8, 2020, virtual, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ET

The Aeronautics Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) will meet virtually on July 8, 2020 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ET.

The meeting is available to the public by following the instructions on the agenda, which is posted on the committee’s website.

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FUTURE SPACE 2020, July 8, 2020, virtual, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ET

Future Space 2020 will take place virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will be on July 8, 2020 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ET.  Registration is required to view the webcast.

The program is as follows:

Future Space 2020
July 8 virtual edition

July 8, 2020 / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET


10:30 Introduction: Clay Mowry, Chairman & Founder of the Future Space Leaders Foundation & Vice President, Blue Origin

10:40 National Security Session: Maj. Gen. Pamela Lincoln and Sirisha Bandla, Director, Virgin Orbit

11:00 Civil Space Session: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Carissa Christensen, CEO, Bryce Space & Technology

11:30 Congressional Space Session: Rep. Michael Waltz and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small with Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

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HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS THUD SBCMTE FY2021 MARKUP, July 8, 2020, DC and virtual, 11:00 am ET

The Transportation-HUD  subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will mark up its FY2021 appropriations bill, which includes the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, on July 8, 2020 at 11:00 am ET in 2118 Rayburn House Office Building and virtually.

During the coronavirus pandemic, House rules allows committee action to take place in a hybrid manner, where some members are in the room and others participating virtually.  The Capitol Complex is closed to the public, however, so the public must watch the webcast on the committee’s website.

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SPACE SALON: MAKING SPACE AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE (ATLANTIC COUNCIL), July 8, 2020, virtual, 12:30 pm ET

The Atlantic Council will host a webinar on July 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm ET entitled “Space Salon: Making Space Available for Everyone.”  It describes itself as “A live, public discussion with experts about new ways to increase space safety by assuring trust in satellite orbits, debris removal, and collision warnings.”

Speakers are:

Co-hosts:

Dr. David Bray
Director
Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center

Mr. Shayn Hawthorne
Senior Manager
AWS

Panelists:

Mr. Paul Jurasin
Director of New Programs and the Digital Transformation Hub
Cal Poly State University

Ms. Jody Medich
CEO and Co-founder
Superhuman-X

Mr. Sergio Mucciarelli
Head of Sales Software Solutions
D-Orbit

Dr. Michael Nicolls
CTO and Co-founder
LeoLabs, Inc.

 

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

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ARTEMIS ACCORDS: A MODEL FOR SPACE SETTLEMENT INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOLS?, July 8, 2020, virtual, 1:00-2:30 pm ET

The new Beyond Earth Institute will hold a webinar on July 8, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET to discuss its new report that “recommends that the U.S. should establish a whole-of-government sectoral trade and exploration agreement with like-minded allies focused on space commercial development and the eventual establishment of permanent human communities in space.”

The program is as follows.  More information and a registration link are on the event’s website.

PROGRAM

Welcome and Brief Introduction to Beyond Earth Institute

Steve Wolfe, Beyond Earth Co-Founder and Deputy Executive Director of SpaceCom and the Global Spaceport Alliance

Brief Summary of the Beyond Earth Paper

Tom Marotta, Beyond Earth Co-Founder and Advisor for Industry Affairs and Outreach at the Office of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA

Update on the Artemis Accords

Mike N. Gold, Acting Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations, NASA

Panel Discussion

Tony DeTora, Beyond Earth Co-Founder and VP of Government Affairs, Lynk, – Moderator

Mike N. Gold, Acting Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations, NASA

Pete Worden, Chairman at Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and former Director of NASA Ames Research Center

Laura Montgomery, Adjunct Professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and specialist in regulatory space law at Ground Based Space Matters

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HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS DEFENSE SBCMTE FY2021 MARKUP, July 8, 2020, DC and virtual, 3:00 pm ET

(CLOSED)

The Defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will mark up its FY2021 appropriations bill on July 8, 2020 at 3:00 am ET in 2118 Rayburn House Office Building and virtually. During the coronavirus pandemic, House rules allows committee action to take place in a hybrid manner, where some members are in the room and others participating virtually.

The meeting is closed to the public.

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ESA GLOBAL SPACE ECONOMIC WORKSHOP, Pt. 2, July 9, 2020, virtual, 4:30 am ET (10:30 CEST)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is holding a four-part Global Space Economic Workshop on July 3, July 9, July 16 and July 23, 2020.  Sessions begin at 10:30 Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is 4:30 am Eastern Daylight Time.

The workshop is taking place online and recordings of the sessions will be posted on ESA’s website.

Watch at ESA web TV or ESA Space Economy.

The July 9, 2020 session will “discuss the value of Earth observation data during and after the COVID-19 crisis, how space data can help with monitoring the impacts of the pandemic and how this will assist the recovery in the post-COVID world.”

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SPACE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 16 (SDG 16): PEACE, JUSTICE & STRONG INSTITUTIONS, July 9, 2020, virtual, 10:00-11:30 am ET

The Secure World Foundation and the Space Enabled research group will host the next in their series of webinars on July 9, 2020 from 10:00-11:30 am ET.

The virtual series strives to “engage a multi-sector audience in discussions on how space technologies and geospatial applications contribute to better outcomes in critical fields around the world, such as energy, food security, poverty, and governance. Held twice a month, the events will bring together stakeholders working in companies, nonprofits, academia, and government to highlight initiatives taken to progress toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using a truly transformative multi-stakeholder approach.”

This webinar focuses on SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions. Speakers are:

  • Prof Jamon Van Den Hoek, Assistant Professor of Geography and Geospatial Science in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University
  • Prof Doreen Boyd, Rights Lab Associate Director (Data and Measurement Programme) and Professor of Earth Observation
  • Einar Bjørgo, Director, Satellite Analysis and Applied Research at United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • Krystal Azelton (Moderator), Director of Space Applications Programs at Secure World Foundation

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

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INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES: FCC’S LIGADO DECISION (AIA), July 9, 2020, virtual, 11:00 am ET

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) will hold a webinar on July 9, 2020 at 11:00 am ET on “Industry Perspectives: FCC’s Ligado Decision.”

Speakers are:

  • The Hon. Robert McDowell, Former FCC Commissioner, Partner & Co-leader of the Global Communications Practice, Cooley LLP
  • Max Fenkell, Director of Unmanned and Emerging Aviation Technologies, AIA
  • Joel L. Thayer, Associate, Phillips Lytle, LLP
  • Jen DiMascio, Executive Director, Defense & Space, Aviation Week (moderator)

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

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DISCUSSION WITH EUROPA CLIPPER MISSION LEADERS (Natl Acad), July 9, 2020, virtual, 12:30-2:00 pm ET

Update, July 5:  Lori Glaze, Director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, has been added as a speaker and the time extended. It now begins at 12:30 pm ET.

Original Entry: The Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS) of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a telecon on July 9, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET to discuss the Europa Clipper mission with Bob Pappalardo (Project Scientist) and Jan Chodas (Project Manager) of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The website for this event says “some sessions are open and some sessions are closed.”

More information is on the event’s website.

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DEFENDING THE SPACE ENTERPRISE IN THE CYBER DOMAIN (AEROSPACE CORP.), July 9, 2020, virtual, 1:00 pm ET

The Aerospace Corp. will hold the next in its The Space Policy Show webinar series on July 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET.  The topic is “Defending the Space Enterprise in the Cyber Domain.”

Participants are:

  • Lori Gordon, Aerospace Corp.
  • Ryan Speelman, Aerospace Corp., and
  • John Felker, Department of Homeland Security

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

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PLANETARY PROTECTION AND LUNAR ACTIVITIES (SWF), July 9, 2020, virtual, 2:00 pm ET

The Secure World Foundation (SWF) will hold a webinar on July 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET on “Planetary Protection and Lunar Activities.”  It is another in the series of “Moon Dialogs,” a collaboration between Open Lunar Foundation, Secure World Foundation, the MIT Space Exploration Initiative, Arizona State University, and For All Moonkind.

Participants are:

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

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NASA SCIENCE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH THOMAS ZURBUCHEN, July 9, 2020, virtual, 3:00 pm ET

NASA Science Mission Directorate head Thomas Zurbuchen will lead a virtual Town Hall meeting on July 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET to discuss updates on the NASA’s science activities with the science community, academia, the media and the public.

Instructions on how to participate and ask questions are in NASA’s press release, which says:

 

Members of the science community, academia, the media, and the public are invited to participate by joining at:

https://asuitehqnasa.acms.com/smdcommunitytownhall/

To ask a question, participants can go to:

https://arc.cnf.io/sessions/ab9h/#!/dashboard

Participants must provide their first and last name and organization and can submit questions or vote up questions submitted by others. The hosts will try to answer as many of the questions as possible.

Charts for the meeting will be available for download within Adobe Connect during the meeting, and a recording will be available later that day at:

https://science.nasa.gov

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STRENGTHENING AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS: TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPORTS-SPACE TECHNOLOGY (EXIM BANK), July 9, 2020, virtual, 3:00-4:00 pm ET

The Export-Import (ExIm) Bank is holding a series of teleconferences in May, June and July 2020 with industry representatives and ExIm staff as part of a “Strengthening American Competitiveness” initiative created in response to language in the 2019 ExIm Bank Reauthorization Act to establish a new “Program on China and Transformational Exports.”

A teleconference focused on space technology will take place on July 9, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET. A recording will be available later.

More information about the initiative, and a list of past and future teleconferences in this series (three more are scheduled through the end of July after the space technology event) are posted on the ExIm Bank website.

 

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ARTEMIS ACCORDS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES (IASL/IAASS), July 10, 2020, virtual, 10:00 am -12:30 pm ET

The Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) of McGill University and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) will hold a webinar on July 10, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm ET on “Artemis Accords: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Participants are:

Speakers:

  • Mr. Mike Gold, Acting Associate Administrator, Office of International and Interagency Relations, NASA
  • Prof. Ram S. Jakhu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University
  • Mr. Gabriel Swiney, Attorney Adviser, United States Department of State
  • Mr. André Farand, Former Head Programme Legal Services Division, European Space Agency
  • Mr. Tommaso Sgobba, Executive Director, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety

Moderator:

  • Professor Steven Freeland, Professor, Western Sydney University

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

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MAKING THAT GIANT LEAP FOR HUMANKIND–THE HOPE PROBE TO THE RED PLANET, July 11, 2020, virtual, 11:30 am ET (7:30 pm in Dubai)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Office of Public & Cultural Diplomacy and the Emirates Literature Foundation will host a webinar on July 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm in Dubai (11:30 am Eastern Daylight Time) to discus the UAE’s Hope probe that will be launched to Mars on July 14.  The probe is being launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) from Tanegashima and this webinar originates from Japan.

The Hope spacecraft was built in the United States by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, and two other U.S. universities participated in building its scientific instruments.  The project is funded, managed and will be operated by the UAE from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.  Hope will reach Mars orbit in 2021, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.

Participants in the webinar are:

H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State for the Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy
Dr. Farouk El-Baz, NASA space scientist and geologist
Salem AlMarri, Head of the UAE Astronaut Programme, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (moderator)

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

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SPACE NUCLEAR PROPULSION TECHNOLOGIES COMMITTEE (Natl Acad), July 13, 2020, virtual, 2:00-4:20 pm ET

The National Academies Committee on Space Nuclear Propulsion Technologies will hold its next public meeting on July 13, 2020 from 2:00-4:20 pm ET.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the committee is conducting its study through a series of weekly virtual meetings.

More information is on the event’s website.

Presentations will be made by:

Mitchell Walker, Ga Tech (45 min)
Jonathan Witter, BWXT (45 min)
Paolo Venneri, USNC (Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation) (45 min)

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LAUNCH OF UAE’S HOPE MISSION TO MARS, July 14, 2020, Tanegashima, Japan, 4:51 pm EDT (July 15 local time at the launch site

The first planetary spacecraft owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be launched on a Japanese H-IIA rocket on July 14, 2020 at 4:51:27 pm Eastern Daylight Time (July 15, 5:51:27 am local time at the launch site in Tanegashima, Japan; July 15, 12:51:27 am in the UAE).

The spacecraft, Hope, is intended to orbit Mars and study the planet’s atmosphere.  The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre is managing the project for the UAE and will control the spacecraft.  Hope will enter Mars orbit in 2021 coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee of the Union.  The UAE was established on December 2, 1971.

More information on the probe’s science payload is on the Emirates Mars Mission’s (EMM’s) website.  The Laboratory for Atmopsheric Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder is a partner on the mission.  LASP built the spacecraft and along with Arizona State University and the University of California, Berkeley had a role in developing the scientific instruments.  Kenneth Chang of the New York Times published an informative article about the program on February 15, 2020.

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