IISL Colloquium to be Held in October in Daejeon, South Korea

IISL Colloquium to be Held in October in Daejeon, South Korea

The 52nd annual International Institute of Space Law colloquium will be held in connection with the International Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, South Korea from October 12-16, 2009. Visit http://www.iislweb.org/ for more details.

SSB Chair Kennel Comments on a "New World Order In the Making"

SSB Chair Kennel Comments on a "New World Order In the Making"

Charlie Kennel, chair of the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board, comments in the SSB’s most recent newsletter on “a new world order in the making — a world in which President Obama has promised, America would not–could not–act as a hegemon, but would strive to lead in the role of ‘first among equals.’”

UN COPUOS to meet June 3-12, Vienna, Austria

UN COPUOS to meet June 3-12, Vienna, Austria

The United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is scheduled to meet June 3-12, 2009 in Vienna, Austria.

Civil Space Activities

Civil Space Activities

DOD Recommends Terminating the Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) Program

DOD Recommends Terminating the Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) Program

On April 6, 2009, DOD Secretary Robert Gates announced his department’s key FY2010 budget recommendations one of which is that “Third, we will terminate the $26 billion transformational satellite program, TSAT, and instead will purchase two more advanced extremely high-frequency satellites as alternatives.”

President calls station to chat with astronauts

President calls station to chat with astronauts

President Barack Obama, hosting school kids and members of Congress, called the crews of the shuttle Discovery and the international space station today, quizzing the astronauts about life in space and offering congratulations for a successful station assembly mission. Transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-of-the-President-in-Conversation-with-International-Space-Station-via-Satellite/

House Armed Services Holds Hearing on Space and National Security

House Armed Services Holds Hearing on Space and National Security

On March 18, 2009, the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a hearing on space and national security. Subcommittee Chairman Tauscher’s Opening Statement Video Webcast (Due to a technical issue, the volume begins working around minute 14 of the video.) Witnesses: Mr. Bruce W. MacDonald (pdf) Author of recent Council on Foreign …

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