SWF August 2016 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events
Aug 8, 2016
Small Satellite Operator Best Practices for SSA and Conjunction Assessment in Logan, UT.

Sep 22, 2016
2016 AMOS Dialogue in Maui

Upcoming Engagements
Aug 1-Sep 1, 2016
Chris Johnson, Michael Simpson, and Ian Christensen will serve as department faculty and guest lecturers at the 2016 ISU SSP in Haifa, Israel.

Aug 6-Aug 11, 2016
Ian Christensen and Brian Weeden will attend the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, UT.

Aug 15-Aug 16, 2016
Brian Weeden will attend the LLNL Symposium on Space and the Third Offset in Livermore, CA

Aug 16-Aug 17, 2016
Ian Christensen will attend the Space Technology and Investment Forum in San Francisco.

Experts in the Media
Jul 5, 2016
Brian Weeden Quoted in The Daily Beast On Concerns Over Chinese Debris Removal Experiment

Jul 7, 2016
Michael Simpson and Brian Weeden Quoted in SpaceWatch Middle East on Proposal to Use Satellites to Combat Terrorism

Jul 7, 2016
Bran Weeden Quoted in BreakingDefense on USSTRATCOM Leadership of JICSpOC

Jul 25, 2016
Brian Weeden Quoted in the Washington Post on Sustainability Challenges with Large Numbers of Small Satellites

Secure World Foundation Newsletter

August 2016

Insight - Cooperative Approaches to Space Security and Stability

By Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director

Space is changing. For the first few decades of the Space Age, space was largely the domain of just a handful of countries, with work in space being done primarily through government agencies. However, as our use of space changes, new challenges arise as well.

As more nations depend increasingly on space assets for their national security and socioeconomic development, the loss of these space assets – whether real or potential – and actions taken in response to those losses could spark or escalate conflict on Earth. Moreover, certain types of military actions in space could have long-lasting negative impacts on the space environment. The increased role of commercial players and the advent of small satellites being launched by new entrants to space further complicate issues. The goal for all space stakeholders should be a stable, predictable space environment in order to ensure the long-term access to and use of space...continue reading.

Recent SWF Events

Jul 21, 2016

2016 United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research Space Security Conference Report Released
The report for the 2016 Space Security Conference, organized by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Secure World Foundation, and the Simons Foundation, has been released. The conference discussed the foundations that underline the civil, military, and commercial aspects of space. The report, which documents presentations given and discussions held during the conference, is now available here

Jul 21, 2016
Panel Examining Policy and Market Developments in the Geospatial Community
SWF co-hosted a panel and networking event in Sunnyvale, CA with the Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable (SVSBR) entitled: What's in a Name? Interaction and Evolution in the Geospatial, Space, and Earth Observation Communities. Topics discussed included the relationship of government capabilities to private sector capabilities, the increasing role of small satellites and agile aerospace principles, the rapid rate of change in data collection and analysis capabilities, the role of standards as means to address inter-operability challenges, and the emergence of multiple use cases that rely upon multiple sources and types of remotely sensed data. SWF Project Manger Ian Christensen moderated the panel.

Staff Activities and Presentations

Jul 14, 2016
SWF Technical Advisor Brian Weeden Participated in a Panel Discussion at the 2016 Future Space Leaders Event
The panel, moderated by SWF Advisory Committee member Richard DalBello, discussed the current challenges with operating safely and efficiently in the space environment, including the growing amount of physical and radiofrequency congestion, and the current discussions taking place within the U.S. government and the international community on space situational awareness and space traffic management. The panel also discussed the potential for the private sector to contribute capabilities and data to future solutions. 


SWF Scholarships for IAC 2016 have been announced
Aug 1, 2016
SWF is pleased to announce the recipients of the Young Professionals Scholarships for travel funding to attend and present their papers at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico. More than 46 abstracts from young professionals around the world were submitted. After a rigorous scoring process, eight winners were selected to receive scholarships. As the premiere international space conference, the IAC offers a unique opportunity for young professionals to further their professional development and inject new ideas into the community.

The recipients are: Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, Kelly Antonini, Tugrul Cakir, Nathan Clark, Stefan Frey, Ishraj Inderjeet, Ridha Aditya Nugraha, and Massimo Pellegrino. 

Annual Staff and Advisory Committee Meeting
Aug 1, 2016
SWF Advisory Committee members and staff met in Boulder, Colorado, for our annual retreat and planning meeting. This year saw Dr. Joan Johnson Freese, Dr. Art Morrissey, and Maj. Gen. Jim Armor, Jr. USAF (retired) stepping down from the Committee. We thank them for providing SWF guidance, perspective, and insight as well as adding their expertise to SWF events during their tenure. SWF would like to thank them for their dedicated service and wish them well in all future endeavors. We also wish to offer our thanks to the returning Committee members for their ongoing participation and support. Further, please join us in welcoming Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Dr. Xavier Pasco, and in welcoming back advisor Ambassador Ciro Arevalo Yepes for the 2016-2019 term. Additional information can be found here

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