What's Happening in Space Policy May 30-June 4, 2016

What's Happening in Space Policy May 30-June 4, 2016

Here is our list of space policy events for the week of May 30 – June 4, 2016 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in recess this week.

During the Week

Tomorrow (Monday) is Memorial Day in the United States, where we honor the men and women who have died in the service of our country.  Federal offices will be closed and the House and Senate have taken the week off from legislative business to check in with their constituents back home. It is the unofficial start of summer and a lot of people are off on vacation — but not everyone! 

The Secure World Foundation (SWF) has an interesting panel discussion on Tuesday about national security space strategy that (unfortunately) is at exactly the same time as a meeting of NASA’s Applied Sciences Advisory Committee (i.e. applied earth sciences).  The NASA advisory committee meeting was rescheduled from April and will be held by telecon. If you’re interested in both, but there’s only one of you, SWF usually records its seminars and posts the audio on its website soon after the meeting.  The speaker line-up is terrific:  Joan Johnson-Freese from the Naval War College, Todd Harrison from CSIS, Peter Hays from GWU, John Sheldon from ThorGroup, and Brian Weeden and Victoria Samson from SWF.

Another NASA advisory committee — the Planetary Protection Subcommittee of the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council — meets in person at NASA HQ on Wednesday and Thursday.  There is nothing specifically on the agenda about the new NASA-SpaceX agreement on Red Dragon, which includes NASA providing “consultation and advice” to SpaceX on planetary protection, but perhaps it will come up anyway.

The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) 2016 runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, CO, while back in Washington, the National Air and Space Museum hosts “Space Day” on Saturday with family oriented activities.

Elsewhere in the world, the fourth European Space Solutions conference on “Bringing Space to Earth” is taking place at The Hague all week, the ILA Berlin Air Show is Wednesday-Saturday, and the second Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) conference is Wednesday-Friday in Nice, France.

Those and other activities we know about as of Sunday morning are shown below.  Check back throughout the week for new events that are added later to our Events of Interest list.

Sunday, May 29 – Friday, June 24 (four weeks)

Monday-Friday, May 30-June 3

Tuesday, May 31

Wednesday-Thursday, June 1-2

Wednesday-Friday, June 1-3

Wednesday-Saturday, June 1-4

Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4

Saturday, June 4

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