SWF October 2016 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events
Oct 18, 2016
Roundtable on Value Creation in Commercial Space in New York

Oct 21, 2016
Progress and Planning Ahead: International Best Practices for Outer Space Sustainability in Washington, DC

Nov 9-10, 2016
Tabletop Exercise on Space Crisis Dynamics and Uncertainty in Washington, DC

Upcoming Engagements
Oct 12-Oct 13, 2016
Ian Christensen and Mike Simpson will participate in the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space Flight in Las Cruces, NM

Oct 24-Oct 27, 2016
Ian Christensen will speak at the 14th Reinventing Space Conference in London, United Kingdom

Oct 25-Oct 26, 2016
Brian Weeden will speak at the Gulf Cooperation Council's Electronic Warfare Conference 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Experts in the Media
Sep 7, 2016
Chris Johnson Quoted by Law360 on Space Law and Moon Express's Commercial Lunar Rover

Sep 15, 2016
Brian Weeden Quoted by on Launch of China's Tiangong-2 Space Lab

Sep 16, 2016
Victoria Samson Interviewed on CCTV-America on China's space program

Sep 19, 2016
Brian Weeden Quoted in the Wall Street Journal on Possible Role of FAA in Space Traffic Management

Secure World Foundation Newsletter

October 2016

Insight - The 67th International Astronautical Congress

By Victoria Samson, SWF Washington DC Office Director

In the last week of September, SWF staff attended and participated in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in scenic Guadalajara, Mexico. Every year, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) organizes the IAC, an annual meeting of many international actors involved in space sector activities consisting of plenary sessions, lectures, paper presentations, and meetings. As well, a large exhibition runs concurrently. The congress is attended by the agency heads and senior executives of the world's space agencies, along with academics, researchers, industry and commerce executives, students, and young professionals.This major gathering of space professionals from around the world is held in a different part of the globe every year; previous IACs were recently held in Jerusalem, Israel; Toronto, Canada; and Beijing, China.  Roughly 6000 people were in attendance at this year’s IAC...continue reading


Sep 5-9, 2016
SWF Supports Latin American Satellite Data Requirements Meeting in Curacao

A broadly representative team of professionals from several Latin American countries met with the WMO and NOAA for a "train the trainer" event to enhance participants' capacity in using GEONETCast data to improve disaster response and mitigation in the region. Consistent with SWF’s efforts to apply principles of cooperative governance to space and space-based applications, the meeting also sought to define meteorological user needs in the region and to support development of an integrated operational distribution system to meet them.

Sep 19-23, 2016
Digital Elevation Model Development Workshop Held in Nepal
Working in cooperation with local, regional, and international agencies, SWF supported regional participants to attend a capacity building workshop designed to apply 30-meter digital elevation model (DEM) data to mitigating the impact of wild water disasters in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.

Sep 26, 2016
SWF Focused on Space Traffic Management and Small Satellites at 2016 AMOS Conference in Maui
SWF made significant contributions to the 2016 Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, held in Hawaii. SWF actively participated in the Policy Forum held at the beginning of each day of the conference. SWF Technical Advisor Brian Weeden moderated a panel discussion on space traffic management on the first day. On the second day, SWF partnered with the Maui Economic Development Board to hold the fourth-annual AMOS Dialogue in Maui to foster dialogue on SSA policy issues. This year's Dialogue focused on small satellites and the steps that both small satellite operators and SSA providers can take to improve detection, tracking, identification, and conjunction assessment for small satellites.

Staff Activities and Presentations

Sep 5-8, 2016
SWF participates at 10th United Nations Workshop on Space Law
SWF Project Manager Chris Johnson presented at the 10th United Nations Workshop on Space Law, “Contribution of Space Law and Policy to Space Governance and Space Security in the 21st Century,” which was held in Vienna, Austria and organized by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Mr. Johnson presented on new actors in space, with a focus on the role of private industry and the need to take their views and considerations into account for future sustainable governance. His presentation is available here.

Sep 13-Sep 16, 2016
SWF Contributed to the 2016 AIAA Space Forum in Long Beach
SWF staff participated in the 2016 AIAA Space form held in Long Beach, CA. SWF Executive Director Dr. Michael Simpson, SWF Technical Advisor Brian Weeden, and SWF Project Manager Ian Christensen all participated in the Space Commercialization Executive Summit, a joint event produced by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Aviation Week Network to foster an evolving and growing space economy. Mr. Weeden also moderated a a panel discussion on space traffic management (STM). A video recording of the panel can be found here.

Sep 22-24, 2016
SWF Supports Space Generation Congress 2016
SWF’s Project Managers Chris Johnson and Krystal Wilson served as technical experts at the recent Space Generation Advisory Council’s (SGAC) 2016 Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Guadalajara, Mexico. This year’s SGAC was the largest yet, with over 150 students and young professionals participating over three days of high-level lectures, working groups, cultural events, and networking opportunities. SWF is also a Gold Level sponsor of the SGC.

Sep 26-30, 2016
SWF Contributed to the 67th IAC in Guadalajara, Mexico
SWF attended the IAC in numerous capacities, including: presenters, rapporteurs, IAF voting members, IISL officials, and members of IAF committees. This year's staff papers, by Brian WeedenIan ChristensenKrystal Wilson, covered topics as diverse as using Earth observation to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, future issues of commercial space sustainability, and possible consequences of debris detection, mitigation, and removal. Chris Johnson served in his capacity as assistant executive secretary of the IISL, rapporteuring sessions of the IISL colloquium, the IISL general assembly, and the IISL board of directors meeting. SWF was pleased to meet with and support the presentations of this year's Young Professionals Scholarship Winners from Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Nigeria, Turkey, and the United States. Their papers can be found here. The goal of this sponsorship is to grant the opportunity for young professionals to further their professional development and to inject new ideas into the space community. SWF would also like to thank Mr. Hans Hermann for his additional financial support for this effort.

Sep 20, 2016
Chris Johnson Presented on Space and Human Rights, Immigration, and Refugees at the International Bar Association 2016 Annual Conference
Chris Johnson gave a presentation at the International Bar Association (IBA) 2016 Annual Conference in Washington DC in a joint symposium between the IBA’s Space Law CommitteeHuman Rights Law Committee, and Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. His presentation is available here.

Oct 7, 2016
Brian Weeden Participated in the Kick-Off Meeting for the McGill Manual on International Law and Military Uses of Outer Space
Brian Weeden attended the first meeting for the Manual on International law Applicable to the Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) Project in Montreal, Canada. The meeting was organized by McGill University and Adelaide University, the founding institutions in the MILAMOS Project. The purpose of the project is to develop a widely-accepted manual, like those that exist for other domains such as maritime and cyber, clarifying the fundamental rules of international law applicable to the military use of outer space, in times of peace, as well as in periods of tension and in outright armed conflict. 


Sep 12, 2016
Brian Weeden Publishes Op-Ed in Space News magazine on Why the US Military Should Let Go of Civil Space Situational Awareness

Sep 16, 2016
Victoria Samson Publishes Chapter in Crisis Stability in Space: China and Other Challenges


Sep 19, 2016
SWF Welcomes Krystal Wilson
SWF is pleased to announce that Ms. Krystal Wilson joined our staff as a Project Manager last month, barely settling into SWF's DC office before joining the rest of the team in Guadalajara and presenting at the Space Generation Congress and the IAC. Ms. Wilson will focus on the Human and Environmental Security initiative, which promotes improved governance and cooperation in the delivery and use of information derived from space systems. Ms. Wilson brings with her 10 years of international and domestic space, public policy, and management experience.

Please join us in welcoming her to the Secure World Foundation!

Oct 1, 2016
Ray Williamson Future Fund 2016 Award Winners
SWF is pleased to support Mr. Geiner Gustavo Fonseco Naranja and Ms. Sadhana Jagannath for their participation at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Ray Williamson Future Fund annually supports a small number of scholarships or professional development awards to support students or young professionals with demonstrated commitment to the advancement of SWF's values, goals, and objectives. 
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