Policy: September 2016 Archives

U.S., China will meet this year to talk space debris, SpaceNews

"In a keynote speech here Sept. 22 at the AMOS conference, Frank Rose, the assistant secretary of State for arms control, verification and compliance, said that the upcoming discussion would likely include talk of space debris.

While representatives from the U.S. and China have met previously to talk about civil uses of space, the two sides met for a separate discussion of military space topics for the first time in May. Space debris has been a divisive issue between the countries for nearly a decade."

Related: More satellite collision warnings to come with Space Fence data, SpaceNews

"A senior Pentagon official said the U.S. Air Force will need to rethink how it issues satellite collision warnings when a new space object tracking system goes online or risk overwhelming satellite operators and hardware systems with overly cautious alerts."

Marc's note: This isn't an issue that's going to go away. All nations must eventually sit down and deal with space debris. And its going to come at a cost. A safe, secure space environment is in everyone's best interest.

Next Thursday, September 29th at 2:30 pm ET, SpaceRef will broadcast live the International Astronautical Congress plenary session "Projection and Stability of the Orbital Debris Environment in the Light of Planned Mega-Constellation Deployments" which deals with space debris.

China Launches Tiangong-2 Space Laboratory Module (With video)

"China launched the Tiangong-2 space laboratory module on a Long March 2F rocket today. The two year year mission of Tiangong-2 will see two Chinese astronauts occupy the space lab for up to a month at a time to perform a variety of scientific experiments. In October, Shenzhou 11, will launch with two astronauts on the first mission to the newly commissioned space lab."

Keith's note: As I said on CCTV in an earlier interview today I think that it is time that the U.S. and China started to expand their cooperation in space including human space flight. This will need to be done by Congress by ending the politically-oinspired ban that is currently in place.

Marc's note: As China moves forward with its human spaceflight program should the International community and the U.S. forge closer ties with them? My position is that international cooperation in space is critical for the continual peaceful use of space, and for the commercial use of LEO, GEO, the moon and future scientific exploration beyond the moon. This then would include cooperation with China.

White House, NASA to Discuss Asteroid Redirect Mission's Importance for Journey to Mars, Planetary Defense

"NASA will provide three virtual updates on two planned Asteroid Redirect Missions (ARM) Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA Television will provide coverage at 11 a.m. EDT of the first briefing to discuss ARM's contributions to the Journey to Mars and protection of our planet."

"This event will be streamed live for virtual participation only. The stream will be accessible starting at 12 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 14: http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/arm-update-2016/. The public and media are invited to watch the virtual update online, and submit questions throughout the event. ... Social media followers can watch live and submit questions online."

Keith's note: In other words news media will not be allowed to interact directly with Holdren or Bolden or anyone else. Questions will be screened by NASA PAO before the are asked. In other words: do no expect any news. This is called "running out the clock" here in Washington. In the waning days of an administration you say only what you want to say and make it all but impossible for anyone to dispute what you say. But you make it look like you are saying something because innocuous, safe questions are asked.



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