What's Happening in Space Policy: May 12-18 2014

What's Happening in Space Policy: May 12-18 2014

Here is our list of upcoming space policy related events for the week of May 12-18, 2014 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House is in recess, but the Senate is in session.

During the Week

The House is in recess this week, though the Senate will be working.  As of the moment, nothing is on tap about space activities.  Though it’s only May, Congress is essentially winding down its legislative activities for the year to allow incumbents to campaign for reelection.  All House seats and one-third of the Senate are up for election or re-election this year.

Perhaps the most interesting space policy-related event this week will be the return of three International Space Station (ISS) crew members on Tuesday (Eastern Daylight Time).   NASA insists all is well in U.S.-Russian space relationships despite the earthly geopolitical tensions.  Presumably all will go nominally.

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program Analysis Committee (MEPAG) will meet just outside Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, immediately followed by a workshop where scientists will debate what is the best landing site for the Mars 2020 lander.

NOAA’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) is meeting this week.  This committee meets quite infrequently though there are substantive policy issues in play, such as whether to lower the limit to one-quarter rather than one-half meter resolution of imagery that can be sold commercially.

Also coming up this week is the International Space Development Conference 2014 (ISDC) in Los Angeles.  Subtitled ” A Space Renaissance,” this is the 33rd ISDC and has a fascinating array of sessions, as usual.

Here’s the list of what we know about as of Sunday evening.

Monday-Thursday, May 12-15

Tuesday, May 13

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 13-14

  • MEPAG, Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, VA

Wednesday-Friday, May 14-16

Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-18

Thursday, May 15

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