SWF February 2017 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events
Feb 16-18, 2017
3rd ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Policy Dialogue 

Feb 22-24, 2017
Global Space & Technology Convention 2017

Mar 13-15, 2017
Governing Space Activity in the 21st Century

Upcoming Engagements
Jan 29-Feb 8, 2017
Chris Johnson is a guest lecturer at the ISU Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program in Adelaide, Australia

Jan 30-Feb 10, 2017
Brian Weeden and Krystal Wilson will be attending the Scientific Technical Subcommittee of COPUOS at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria

Feb 6-8, 2017
Ian Christensen will attend the 2017 SmallSat Symposium in Mountain View, CA

Feb 9, 2017
Ian Christensen will attend the Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association Meeting in Menlo Park, CA

Feb 10, 2017
Victoria Samson will be on a panel at the Washington Space Business Roundtable

Mar 21-22, 2017
Victoria Samson and Brian Weeden will be speaking on a panel at the 2017 Space Security Conference co-hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Prague Security Studies Institute

Mar 21-22, 2017
Chris Johnson will be a guest lecturer at Leiden University's International Institute of Air and Space Law in Leiden, Netherlands

Mar 23, 2017
Chris Johnson will be a guest lecturer at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy's course "The Future of Outer Space Security"

Secure World Foundation Newsletter

February 2017


Jan 30, 2017

SWF Releases Handbook for New Actors in Space
SWF released the first edition of the Handbook for New Actors in Space in both print and electronic format. SWF staff will have a limited number of physical copies available at events throughout 2017. We give thanks to our team of experts and contributors. An electronic copy is available here. We look forward to your comments and feedback for future editions.

Feb 1, 2017
SWF's New Director of Program Planning
SWF is pleased to announce that SWF Technical Advisor, Dr. Brian Weeden has accepted a new position as our Director of Program Planning. Dr. Weeden will continue to lead and provide his expertise to SWF projects while also guiding future year project planning and strategic program development to ensure SWF fulfills our mission. Congratulations!

Feb 1, 2017
Ray Williamson Future Fund 2017 Award Winner
We would like to congratulate the recipient of the Ray Williamson Future Fund Award, Luis Ángel Castellanos Velasco. SWF is pleased to honor Mr. Castellanos Velasco by providing this scholarship to attend the International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program 2017 (ISU SH-SSP) in Adelaide, Australia.

Feb 1, 2017
SWF Welcomes New Advisor
SWF welcomes Dr. Angie Bukley to the 2018 class of the SWF Advisory Committee. Dr. Bukley brings over 30 years of professional experience providing technical and management expertise in the defense and space sectors to the team. SWF is pleased to be working with her.

Insight - Building Stronger U.S.-China Relations in Space

By Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning

On January 11, 2007, China destroyed one of its aging weather satellites using a ground-based anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. In the aftermath, there were debates by U.S. scholars and policymakers alike as to the motivation for the test, and what it meant for U.S. policy and strategy. One year later, the United States used a converted ballistic missile interceptor to destroy one of its own failed spy satellites in what was officially stated to be an act of public safety, but many saw as a public demonstration of its own capability. The two events reignited international and domestic debates over strategic stability and deterrence, space weaponization, and the potential for a space arms race.

Over the last several years, we at SWF have been working to try and foster stronger relations between the U.S. and China in space, in part to prevent an incident in space that could spark or escalate conflict on Earth. Part of our efforts have been focused on increasing dialogue between Chinese space experts and international experts. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, we partnered with Beihang University to hold a series of workshops in Beijing on space debris, space debris removal, and space sustainability. The goal of the workshops was to bring U.S. and international experts to China to exchange perspectives with their Chinese counterparts, and to encourage similar research and discussions within China.
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Jan 17, 2017
The United States, China, and Space Security: Issues for the Trump Administration
SWF brought together experts to discuss the evolution of the space security environment over the last decade, and specifically the evolution and current state of the relationship between the United States and China. Panelists provided the perceptions and tensions of each country, and suggested potential options and strategies the Trump Administration may take.

Jan 27, 2017
50th Anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty Luncheon Event
SWF co-organized a luncheon symposium for the 50th Anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty with the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and held at Georgetown University. The luncheon allowed for reflection on the development of the Outer Space Treaty, the significant role the U.S. government played in its development, as well as rationales behind the treaty and fundamentals of public international law underpinning the document and informing our understanding of it. The audio recording is available here

Staff Activities and Presentations

Jan 22-25, 2017
Maximizing the Use of Geospatial and Statistical Data for the Sustainable Development Goals
Project Manager Krystal Wilson attended the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad, India. She spoke at a pre-conference event "Geospatial & Statistics: Integration for Informed Decision Making" which looked at the ways, reasons and benefits of integrating geospatial and statistical information for making better policies and decisions, achieving resource optimization, monitoring resources and developing sustainable revenue models. Ms. Wilson's presentation on maximizing the use of geospatial and statistical data for the Sustainable Development Goals can be found here

Jan 31, 2017
Workshop in Israel Discusses Relationship Between Small Satellites and Space Sustainability
Project Manager Ian Christensen spoke at a workshop on “Space Sustainability and Small Satellites during the 12th Annual Ilan Ramon Conference in Herzliya, Israel. The workshop featured interactive group discussion of several topics related to the increasing use of small satellites, including: space situational awareness; space traffic management, regulatory and policy frameworks; and both the opportunities and challenges of large constellations. The Ilan Ramon Conference is organized on an annual basis by the Israel Space Agency and the Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies as a memorial to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who was a crewmember on the STS-107 Columbia accident.

Feb 1, 2017
SWF Tapped to Lead Teamwork Panel at Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi
Executive Director Michael Simpson moderated the panel on “Enabling Space-Faring Nations to Work Together as a Team” during the February 1 morning session of the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.  During the two day event, he also briefed participants on the work of the Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group of which he is a Vice Chair.

Experts in the Media

Jan 21, 2017
Atlas V Rocket Blasts Off with Missile Warning Satellite
Director of Program Planning Brian Weeden quoted by USA Today on new air force warning satellite.

Jan 27, 2017
How an International Treaty Signed 50 Years Ago Became the Backbone for Space Law
Space Law Advisor Chris Johnson quoted by The Verge on the significance of the Outer Space Treaty.

Jan 27, 2017
To Boldly Go Where No Treaty Had Gone Before
Mr. Johnson quoted by Inside Science on Outer Space Treaty's contributions to the peaceful uses of outer space.


Jan 23, 2017
The Space Review Publishes Article on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty by Space Law Advisor Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson publishes "The Outer Space Treaty at 50" on the Space Review

Jan 24, 2017
Europe's World Publishes Article on Space Commerce by Executive Director Michael Simpson

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