SWF November 2015 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

November 10, 2015
Broadcasting GEOSS: Key Issues in Spectrum Management and Earth Observations

Upcoming Engagements

November 1-6, 2015
Laura Delgado López and Mike Simpson will be participating in the 10th Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG-10) in Boulder, Colorado

November 4-6, 2015
Ian Christensen will be attending the  2015 Off Earth Mining Forum in Sydney, Australia

November 11-13, 2015
Laura Delgado López and Mike Simpson will attend the GEO-XII Plenary & Mexico City Ministerial Summit in Mexico City, Mexico

November 12-13, 2015
Victoria Samson will be speaking at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's conference, "The Evolving Landscape of STM" in Daytona Beach, Florida

November 17-18, 2015
Ian Christensen will be participating in the SpaceCom Conference in Houston, TX
November 19-20, 2015
Ian Christensen will be speaking at the Canadian Space Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia
November 30 - December 1, 2015
Brian Weeden will be participating in the International Symposium on Security Affairs on Outer Space Security: Trends and Challenges in Tokyo, Japan
December 1-4, 2015
Ian Christensen will be participating in the 22nd Annual Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum in Bali, Indonesia

Experts in the Media

October 6, 2015
Chris Johnson Interviewed for Marketplace on NPR: "What to do about all that space junk? Cue the lasers"

October 9, 2015
Brian Weeden Quoted in SpaceNews on Intelsat Concerns over Russian Proximity Operations in Space


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November 2015

Recent SWF Events

October 8-10, 2015

SWF Sponsors Space Generation Congress Working Group

SWF once more played a key role in the Space Generation Congress (SGC) by sponsoring a working group of students and young professionals to discuss "Policy Challenges Related to Nano-Satellites." SWF Project Manager Chris Johnson served as a Subject Matter Expert during the event. The SGC is the annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council, and is held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 

October 22, 2015

Security through Safety: Linkages between Space Security and International Initiatives for Space Sustainability at the United Nations

This year marked the inaugural combined meeting of the First and Fourth Committee of the General Assembly, during which SWF held an invitation-only reception and brief discussion. Co-hosted by UNIDIR in New York City, New York, the side event provided an opportunity for key decision makers to discuss ways to support space sustainability and resilience. 


October 5, 2015

New Article on Russian Rendezvous and Proximity Operations in Space

SWF Technical Advisor Brian Weeden published an analysis of recent Russian rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) in orbit. His analysis uses publicly available information to document Russian RPO activities in low Earth orbit (LEO) and geosyncronous Earth orbit (GSO) and compare them to recent and historical Chinese and American RPO activities. 

October 5, 2015
Brian Weeden published an Op-Ed, "American Leadership in Space 2.0" in SpaceNews

Mr. Weeden published an op-ed in SpaceNews arguing that the future of U.S. leadership in space will hinge upon its ability to encourage, shape, and leverage the burgeoning commercial space sector.

October 29, 2015

Summary Report from Scenario Workshop on Exploring Self-Defense in Space Now Available

Held on September 9, 2015, three hypothetical scenarios on self-defense and conflict in outer space were considered and discussed by experts from academia, international organizations, non-government organizations, and civil society. Convened by SWF and the George Washington University's Space Policy Institute (SPI), the summary of the event can be downloaded here. 

Staff Activities and Presentations

October 11, 2015

During the first annual “Space for Peace” Public Outreach Event at the Israel Arts and Sciences Academy, a boarding high school for gifted students in Jerusalem, Mr. Johnson delivered remarks discussing careers in the space industry, as well as the role of non-governmental organizations and individuals play in resolving conflict.

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 SXSW Eco Conference offered representatives from the business community, investors, designers, and others an opportunity to discuss solutions that drive 'economic, environmental, and social change.' Mr. Christensen’s panel remarks highlighted ongoing trends in space commercialization and the related impact space-derived services and solutions have in our daily lives. The conference was held in Austin, Texas.

October 22, 2015

SWF Technical Advisor Brian Weeden Participates on Panel Discussion on New and Emerging Technologies in Space

During the 4th Annual Space and Satellite Regulatory Colloquium, a one-day event sponsored by Satnews in collaboration with Mansat and Dentons US LLP, Mr. Weeden spoke about emerging technologies for active debris removal (ADR) and on-orbit satellite servicing (OOS) and associated domestic and international regulatory changes. The event was held in Washington, D.C. 

October 28, 2015
SWF Project Manager Laura Delgado López gives alumni presentation at University of Puerto Rico 

A graduate of the Department of Political Science of the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, Ms. Delgado López was invited to give the inaugural presentation of an alumni series of talks newly launched by the Department. Offered in Spanish, the talk was entitled “Space governance: The increasing relevance of space policy,” and it included a discussion about space policy issues, the work of SWF, and Ms. Delgado López' career path.

October 28, 2015

SWF Plays Key Role in 66th International Astronautical Congress

During the week of October 12,  2015, over 3,000 aerospace professionals from around the world met in Jerusalem, Israel for the 2015 IAC. Through continued support of young professionals and students, and active involvement in the IAC’s agenda, SWF once more played a key role in the conference.

October 29, 2015

Brian Weeden Participates in World Economic Forum Brainstorming Session on Global Challenges

For the fifth year, Mr. Weeden joined the session as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Space. 
The annual meeting brought together global experts to address the most pressing issues shaping our present and future global, industry and regional agendas. The meeting was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

October 30, 2015

SWF Staff Featured in Videos from 2015 AMOS Conference

The Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) has published two video recordings from the 2015 Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance (AMOS) Conference featuring SWF Washington Office Director Victoria Samson and SWF Technical Advisor Brian Weeden moderating panel discussions on SSA policy. The conference was held from September 16-18, 2015, in Maui, Hawaii. 
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