SWF August 2019 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events
Sep 18-Sep 20, 2019
Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference and Policy Forum

Upcoming Engagements

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

Aug 8, 2019
Victoria Samson will speak on space traffic management at the Naval War College in Newport, RI 

Sep 3-5, 2019
Krystal Wilson will participate in the 15th GEO Programme Board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland

Sep 4–Sep 5, 2019
Brian Weeden and Ian Christensen will participate in a CONFERS workshop on satellite servicing standards in Falls Church, VA

Sep 18–Sep 20, 2019
Brian Weeden and Victoria Samson will participate in the 2019 Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference in Maui, HI

Sept 23-Sept 26, 2019
Chris Johnson will speak about the legal regime of outer space and global governance at the United Nations/Turkey/APSCO Space Law and Policy Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

Sep 24-Sept 26, 2019
Ian Christensen will speak at the UK Space Conference 2019 in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom

Oct 21-25, 2019
Secure World Foundation Staff will attend the 70th International Astronautical Congress 

Secure World Foundation Newsletter

August 2019

Insight - SWF Hosts Summit for Space Sustainability

By Krystal Wilson, Director of Space Applications Programs

On June 25-26, 2019, Secure World Foundation held the inaugural Summit for Space Sustainability at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Our creation of the Summit was driven by the rapid growth in both the number and diversity of space actors, the emergence of new kinds of space activities, and the resulting space sustainability challenges posed by these developments. These changes are driven by commodification and globalization of space technologies, increased public and private investment in space, and growing awareness of the value of space for security and socio-economic benefits on Earth. The increase in the number of stakeholders benefiting from space systems has exposed the challenges that existing legal, policy, technical, and operational regimes face in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the space environment.

Space sustainability has greatly increased in salience as a policy topic over the past decade, but this growth in awareness has not always translated into definitive action. Additionally, the linkages across a variety of space sustainability issues and initiatives are not always clear, even to those focused on this field. With the aim of stimulating fresh ideas and dialogue, the Summit combined thought-provoking and diverse perspectives, including international viewpoints not often heard in the United States, which encouraged fresh thinking, audience participation, and solution-building.

Read more here


SWF Young Professional Scholarship Recipients Announced
SWF is pleased to announce the recipients of the Young Professionals Scholarship for travel funding to attend and present their papers at the 2019 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington, DC, USA. The recipients are: Thea Flem Dethlefsen, Agbadi Mustapha Eleyawa, Deepika Jeyakodi, Julius Kimani, Senjuti Mallick, Melanie Maurer, Ermanno Napolitano, Ingrid Oliveira, Ufuoma Ovienmhada, Rob Ronci, Claudiu Mihai Taiatu, and Natalia Indira Vargas Cuentas.


Jun 1, 2019
Challenges for ensuring the security, safety, and sustainability of outer space activities
Against the backdrop of the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon, Executive Director Peter Martinez examines the challenges facing humankind as we expand the sphere of human economic, political and social activity beyond low Earth orbit over the next 50 years. The full article, "Challenges for ensuring the security, safety and sustainability of outer space activities," can be downloaded here.

Jul 30, 2019
Analysis of the Potential Misuse of Commercial Dual-use Technologies for Satellite Servicing
SWF sponsored a group of three graduate students from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University to study the potential risks with misuse of commercial rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO), on-orbit satellite servicing (OOS), and active debris removal (ADR) capabilities. The students - James Alver, Andrew Garza, and Christopher May - surveyed experts from across the space sector for their perspective on the likelihood and potential threat of these commercial capabilities being used for offensive military weapons, along with recommendations for ways to mitigate those risks. The study found that it was very unlikely governments would choose to use these commercial capabilities as military weapons because of the strong likelihood of detection and attribution and their low effectiveness. Read more here


Jul 10, 2019
Role of Investor Sector in Encouraging Responsible Space Operations Discussed at Workshop in Tokyo, Japan
Secure World Foundation, in partnership with Japan's Spacetide Foundation, organized a one-day workshop to discuss the ways in which the investor/lender community could work with industry to encourage responsible space operations practices. Participants in the workshop included a mix of public and private sector investors from Japan, Europe, and the United States; government agencies involved in Japanese commercial space related policy; and a mix of early stage space companies from both Japan and the United States. A key theme that emerged from the discussion was the importance of establishing responsible behavior early in the culture of a company; and the role investors and existing companies can play in spreading that operations culture across a growing and diversifying space community. For more information, including the agenda and a forthcoming summary report, please visit the event page here.

Staff Activities and Presentations

Jul 10-Jul 24, 2019
SWF Participates in ISU Space Studies Program 
SWF Space Law Advisor Chris Johnson delivered a Core Lecture entitled “Emerging Space Players” on July 15 at the 2019 ISU Space Studies Program (SSP) in Strasbourg, France. He also served as a Guest Lecturer in the Space Policy, Economics, and Law department (chaired this year by SWF Advisory Committee member Tanja Masson Zwaan). SWF’s Human Resources Manager Nicole Nir is also attending this year’s nine-week long international, interdisciplinary, and intercultural summer course on all aspects of space activities, held at the ISU Central Campus in Strasbourg.

Jul 11, 2019
SWF Participates in Inaugural John Glenn Memorial Symposium
SWF Project Manager Josh Wolny delivered his presentation "Policy Challenges to Addressing the Space Debris Threat" at the inaugural John Glenn Memorial Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Wolny was the winner of the Molly K. Macauley Award - business and space policy track. More information about Ms. Macauley, and the award, are available here.

Experts in the Media

Jul 8, 2019
Mining the Moon
Mr. Johnson was quoted in The Monthly on Growing Interest in Lunar Resources.

Jul 9, 2019
As DoD Seeks Smallsats, FCC Eases Licensing
Washington Office Director Victoria Samson was quoted in BreakingDefense on SpaceX Starlink Satellite losses.

Jul 12, 2019
Secure World Foundation (SWF) Insights: Avoiding conflict in outer space
Secure World Foundation Insight Piece, "Avoiding Conflict in Outer Space," was published in MilsatMagazine. 

Jul 16, 2019
Europe’s Galileo satnav system offline since 01.50 CET last Friday
Director of Program Planning Brian Weeden was quoted in Science Business on European global navigation satellite system outage.

Jul 18, 2019
Attacking satellites is increasingly attractive—and dangerous
SWF's Global Counterspace report was cited in an Economist article on Space Conflict.

Jul 24, 2019
Former SecAF Explains How Secret X-37 Space Plane Throws Off Enemies
Dr. Weeden was quoted by on how the X-37B makes tracking difficult for observers.

Jul 24, 2019
Former AF officer: Space Force could work if it has the right culture
Dr. Weeden was interviewed by Federal News Radio on establishing the right culture for a new US Space Force.

Jul 24, 2019
Space jam? Companies risk clutter, conflict in race for the skies
Director of Private Sector Programs Ian Christensen was quoted in Reuters on increasing commercial activities in space. 

Jul 25, 2019
Another front in the tensions between the U.S. and China: Space
Dr. Weeden was quoted by the Washington Post on US-China tensions in space.

Jul 25, 2019
To protect its satellites, France outlines ambitious space-weapons program
Dr. Weeden was quoted by Arstechnica on France's new counterspace Program.

Jul 30, 2019
Everything We Know About the Air Force's Secret X-37B Spaceplane
Secure World Foundations's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Fact Sheet was cited in Popular Mechanics.

Jul 30, 2019
Satellite spies watching your every move?
Dr. Martinez was quoted in Fox Business on privacy issues related to satellite imaging.

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