SWF July 2019 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events
Jul 10, 2019
Workshop on the Role of the Investor and Lender Sector in Incentivizing Responsible Space Behavior

Aug 5, 2019
Small Satellites and Sustainable Development Session at SmallSat Conference

Sep 18-20, 2019
Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference and Policy Forum

Upcoming Engagements
Jul 9, 2019
Ian Christensen will speak at the 2019 Spacetide Conference in Tokyo, Japan

Jul 10-Jul 24, 2019
Chris Johnson will deliver a core lecture and serve as Guest Lecturer in the Space Policy, Economics and Law department at the 2019 ISU Space Studies Program in Strasbourg, France

Aug 5-Aug 8, 2019
Ian Christensen will speak at the  2019 SmallSat Conference in Logan, UT. Krystal Wilson will also host a side event

Aug 5-Aug 10, 2019
Brian Weeden will participate in the third Woomera Manual Workshop in The Hague, the Netherlands

Secure World Foundation Newsletter

July 2019

Insight - Space Security Discussions 

By Washington Office Director, Victoria Samson

One of the major issues affecting the long-term sustainable use of space is the security and stability of the space environment.  Given space’s increased importance in ensuring national and international security, losing access to or the use of space can be greatly destabilizing.  Traditionally, discussions on issues of international security have taken place in formal multilateral fora such as the United Nations (UN) Conference on Disarmament, but those discussions have not made any real progress on the issue of space security and stability.  Hence, it is helpful to host conversations either alongside multilateral fora (to insulate them somewhat from the geopolitical constraints preventing real forward movement there) or have conversations among like-minded nations where there is an increased potential for coming to a common understanding of the best ways in which to ensure the sustainable and responsible use of space. 

Along those lines, SWF co-organized several conferences this spring to foster conversations on the future of space security and stability and how to best create agreement on norms of behavior that will lead toward the responsible use of space. Read more here


UN COPUOS Adopts Long-Term Sustainability Guidelines
During its 62nd session, the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) adopted a preamble and 21 Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Also at this session, the Committee decided to establish a new Working Group to continue work on the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. This is the result of a nearly decade-long effort by a Working Group of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, formerly chaired by SWF Executive Director Peter Martinez, with support provided by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and experts from a wide number of member states.

2018 Annual Report
SWF is pleased to announce the release of our 2018 Annual Report. The Annual Report provides an overview of Secure World Foundation’s work last year and offers further details on the 120 projects and activities we completed in over 20 countries on six continents.

SWF Welcomes Elizabeth Blevins and Announces Changes to Ops Team Staffing
Elizabeth Blevins is the Colorado Office Coordinator for Secure World Foundation and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She is responsible for managing the Colorado office as well as coordinating all aspects of Dr Martinez’s schedule.  Nicole Nir, formerly Operations and Communications Manager, transitioned into a new role as Human Resources Manager, while Jihan Asher assumed a full-time role in our Washington Office as DC Operations and Communications Associate. 

SWF Young Professional Scholarships for IAC 2019
The application deadline has passed. No more applications are being accepted at this time. We thank all applicants for their submissions. SWF staff are reviewing the submitted materials and will announce the winners in the August 2019 newsletter.

Josh Wolny Wins American Astronautical Society's Molly K. Macauley Award
Project Manager Josh Wolny was selected as one of two inaugural winners of the American Astronautical Society's Molly K. Macauley award. Mr. Wolny will present his paper on Policy Challenges to Addressing the Space Debris Threat at the John Glenn Memorial Symposium on July 11 in Cleveland, Ohio.


Jun 7, 2019
Indo-Pacific Space Cooperation
​The US-India and US-Japan Business Councils, along with the Secure World Foundation, jointly hosted a briefing by the State Department's Science Envoy for Space, Charles Frank Bolden Jr., to discuss his recent visits to India and Japan, where he engaged with government officials and industry about Indo-Pacific space cooperation. He discussed US Government plans to promote commercial space internationally, as well as efforts for the upcoming US-India space dialogue later this year. Secure World Foundation's Washington Office Director Victoria Samson moderated a discussion following the briefing by Gen. Bolden. For more information, visit the event page here

Jun 9-Jun 11, 2019
5th PSSI Space Security Conference, “Evolution of the Counterspace Threat and Strengthening of International Space Partnerships”
The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) convened in Prague the fifth event in its Space Security Conference series, with opening remarks by Dr. Martinez. Washington Office Director Victoria Samson moderated a panel on the "Evolution of the Counterspace Threat," and Space Law Advisor Chris Johnson also attended the event. This year's conference focused on the evolving threats and risks to space operations and the role of space partnerships in addressing these threats and risks. For more information, including the agenda and speaker presentations, please visit the event page here

Jun 25-Jun 26, 2019
SWF Hosts Summit for Space Sustainability
Secure World Foundation hosted the Summit for Space Sustainability at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with over 200 attendees. Keynote speakers included NASA Administrator James "Jim" Bridenstine and Kevin O'Connell, Director of the Office of Space Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Iridium CEO Matt Desch, and Dan Hart, Virgin Orbit President and CEO. Panel discussion topics ranged from commercial space to national security to space traffic management. The event was made possible with the support of our sponsors: AGI, Astroscale, ESA, OneWeb, Space Logistics, and Virgin Orbit, and our media partners: Apogeo Spatial, SpaceNews, and SpaceWatchGlobal.For more information, including event materials as they become available, please visit the event page here.

Staff Activities and Presentations

May 29, 2019
SWF Moderates “AI for Space” panel at AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland
SWF Director of Space Applications Programs Krystal Wilson moderated a panel on universal access to space and data as part of the Space Track at the AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. This series of panels looked at the areas where AI techniques can be applied to space datasets in order to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals but also the increasingly integral role that space and AI both have in protecting our planet and generating benefit for all humankind. 

Jun 6, 2019
SWF Participates in C4ISRNET Conference on Commercial Space
Ms. Samson participated in a panel discussion on "Capitalizing on the commercial space renaissance" at the 18th Annual C4ISRNET Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The conference featured senior-level, government and industry leaders as they discussed the new tech, tactics and data that will help create a more complete view of the world for the Department of Defense. The event focused on new strategies and capabilities in mobility, command and control, communications, cyber, unmanned systems and sensors, networks and geospatial intelligence. For more information and detailed event coverage, visit the conference website here

Jun 12-Jun 14,2019
Emerging Issues in Space Governance explored at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Mr. Johnson attended and presented at the Geopolitics and Global Futures Symposium in Geneva, Switzerland. This year’s GCSP Symposium covered emerging global security issues including outer space, AI & synthetic biology, autonomous weapons, as well as insights from neuroscience. For more information, and a copy of his presentation, please click here

Jun 12-Jun 21, 2019
SWF Particpates in 62nd session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
Dr. Martinez represented SWF at the 62nd session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at the Vienna International Center. His statement to the Committee under Agenda Item 4 - General Exchange of Views can be found here

Jun 19-Jun 20, 2019
University of Luxembourg Workshop on Space and Satellite Communication Law
Space Law Advisor Chris Johnson delivered a keynote lecture at the 'Space Law in a Networked World' Symposium at SES Astra in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, organized by the University of Luxembourg and hosted by SES Astra. His presentation is available here

Jun 20, 2019
Overcoming Legal, Policy, and Economics Challenges for Removing Orbital Debris
Director of Program Planning Dr. Brian Weeden gave a presentation on overcoming legal, policy, and economics challenges with active debris removal  (ADR) as part of a workshop on the "Economics of Space Debris" in Montreal, Canada. The workshop, co-organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), brought together international experts from governments, academia, and industry to discuss the challenge of orbital debris.

Jun 26, 2019
SWF Participates in Space Enterprise Summit
Dr. Martinez moderated a panel highlighting emerging space nations at the Space Enterprise Summit co-hosted by the US Departments of State and Commerce. Additional SWF staff attended. The Space Enterprise Summit echoed many themes of SWF's Summit for Space Sustainability, including the importance of industry participation in developing best practices for the long-term sustainability of outer space. For more information, including the full agenda and speakers, click here.

Experts in the Media

Jun 6, 2019
Insight – African Perspectives On The Space Resources Dialogue
SWF June Insight Piece, "African Perspectives on the Space Resources Dialogue," was re-printed in Space in Africa

Jun 7, 2019
What are the benefits of commercial space?
Ms. Samson was quoted in C4ISRNET on the benefits of commercial space.

Jun 9, 2019
Workshop discusses space resource utilisation of African countries
SWF June 2019 Insight Piece, "African Perspectives on Space Resources Utilization," was published in PositionIT.

Jun 13, 2019
Why NASA Is Renting the International Space Station for Dirt Cheap
Dr. Brian Weeden was quoted in Vice on Commercial Activities at the International Space Station.

Jun 14, 2019
Episode 10 - Space Security 
Dr. Weeden discussed the 2019 Global Counterspace Capabilities report in Episode 10 of AGI's Spacecast

Jun 14, 2019
Episode 11 - Space Sustainability 
Dr. Weeden discusses space sustainability in Episode 11 of the AGI Spacecast

Jun 14, 2019
Episode 12 - Summit for Space Sustainability 
The Summit for Space Sustainability was featured in Episode 12 of AGI Spacecast

Jun 17, 2019
Are the U.S. and China on a war footing in space?
Dr. Weeden was quoted by Politico on US-China competition and avoiding conflict in space.

Jun 17, 2019
Streamlining the space industry’s regulatory streamlining
Dr. Weeden provided comments to The Space Review on proposed revisions to commercial launch and reentry regulations called for by Space Policy Directive 2, issued by the Trump Administration. 

Jun 21, 2019
Apollo astronauts divided on moon plans, Space Force
Director of Space Applications Programs Krystal Wilson was interviewed by POLITICO Space on the Summit for Space Sustainability.  

Jun 22, 2019
Guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities of the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space adopted
Dr. Martinez was quoted in UN Information Service Statement on Long-Term Sustainability Guidelines. 

Jun 27, 2019
Op’ed: COPUOS Long Term Sustainability Guidelines Set Stage For Secure World Foundation’s Summit For Space Sustainability
As part of their media coverage of the Summit for Space Sustainability, Robin Frank of SpaceWatch Global contexualized discussions of the LTS Guidelines, their implementation, and future development.

Jun 26, 2019
Soon, satellites will be able to watch you everywhere all the time
Dr Martinez was quoted in an article dealing with privacy in an era of growing commercial remote sensing capabilities and fusion of various sources of data.

Jun 30, 2019
'Not Good Enough' - SpaceX Reveals That 5% Of Its Starlink Satellites Have Failed In Orbit So Far
This article was updated to include comments from Dr. Weeden on recent Starlink satellite failures. 

July 1, 2019
Starlink failures highlight space sustainability concerns
The prescience of ideas presented at the Summit for Space Sustainability on mitigating space debris are highlighted in response to a SpaceX statement confirming the failure of at least five percent of the first batch of Starlink satellites.

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