A selection of links to policy, politics, and other government news and resource items related to space (check back for updates):
“Larger aerospace firms have a great deal to lose if the Department of Defense pursues more cost-effective approaches,” an entrepreneur who does not have a DIUx contract told SpaceNews. “Their overhead structure makes it difficult to compete at the price point new entrants can offer.”
Longtime observers of the SAR market, however, are skeptical that commercial startups can deliver on their promises to obtain SAR imagery with microsatellites. They also question the commercial viability of the radar projects.“
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** Dawn: Ten Years of Exploration | The Planetary Society – “Dawn Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman helps us salute the ion-engine powered spacecraft that first orbited asteroid Vesta in the main asteroid belt and then moved to dwarf planet Ceres, revealing two fascinating worlds. The new US National Space Council met in Washington DC last week. Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier reviews it. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye reports from Australia where he addressed the International Astronautical Congress.”
** Space Policy Edition #17: The 75th Anniversary of the Rocket Age, with Dr. Michael Neufeld | The Planetary Society – “Fifteen years before Sputnik, on a bright 1942 afternoon in northern Germany, a thundering machine of metal and fire pierced the sky, ultimately touching the edge of space for the first time in history. This was the first successful test of the A4 rocket—later renamed the V2 by Nazi propagandists. It opened a new era of opportunity and terror with rocket technology. Dr. Michael Neufeld, Senior Curator of Space History and the Smithsonian, and author of Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War, joins the Space Policy Edition podcast to discuss the significance of this test and how it happened. We also take a look at current budget progress, good news about the Mars Exploration Program, and Space Policy Adviser Jason Callahan recounts his experience at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia.”