The Space Policy Institute

SPI and AIAA Symposium

Columbia +10:

Lessons Learned and Unlearned



SANDY MAGNUS, Executive Director, AIAA

W. MICHAEL HAWES, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

VADM JOSEPH DYER, Chair, Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

SCOTT HOROWITZ, Doc's Aerospace, former NASA Astronaut

DAVID KING, Dynetics, former Director, Marshall Space Flight Center

DOUGLAS COOKE, Cooke Concepts and Solutions, NASA technical advisor to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB)

JOHN LOGSDON, George Washington University, CAIB Member

KEN BOWERSOX, former NASA Astronaut

KENT ROMINGER, ATK, former NASA Astronaut

PAM MELROY, DARPA, former NASA Astronaut

SCOTT PACE, Director, Space Policy Institute

BRYAN O'CONNOR, former astronaut, and former Chief, NASA Safety and Mission Assurance

JULIANNE MAHLER, George Mason University

WILLIAM PARSONS, RD AMROSS, former Space Shuttle Program Manager for Return to Flight

ADM HAL GEHMAN, Chair, Columbia Accident Investigation Board

WAYNE HALE, former Space Shuttle Flight Director and Space Shuttle Program Manager


»SPI Director, Scott Pace is quoted in the Politico article How Elon Musk eposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending discussing the role of ULA in American space capabilities.

»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Environment on NOAA Utilization of Commercial Remote Sensing Data.

»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation committee on U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness. His testimony is available online.

»On October 16, 2015, the Space Policy Institute hosted an informal discussion during which Dr. Philippe Brunet, European Commission Director for Space Policy, Copernicus, and Defense Industry described the plans of the European Union to become the primary European actor in space policy and programs.

»Current SPI Graduate Student Zack Hester's article NASA's Lessons Learned in Long-Duration Spaceflight: The Shuttle-Mir Program was published in Quest Vol. 23, No. 1, 2016.

»SPI Alum Mia Brown wrote an article titled Launch Dilemna: The role of the commercial sector in America's space program which was published by the Brookings Institution.

»Prof. Jack Burns, Vice President Emeritus at the University of Colorado, presented a distinguished lecture "Exploring the Universe from the Moon". It can be viewed online

»Dr. Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute, spoke on The Implications of U.S. Space Policy Choices at the California Institute of Technology. A video of the lecture is available for viewing here.

»Dr. Scott Pace, Visiting Scholar Deganit Paikowsky, and four SPI alumni attended the 2015 International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem.

»Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, SPI Research Professor, became Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Read the announcement here.

»SPI Alum, Stephanie Wan, has been elected as Co-chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council. Congratulations Stephanie! Further information is available online.

»SPI hosts "Careers in Space Policy: A Panel Discussion" with the American Institute of Astronautics and Astrophysics National Capital Section Young Professionals Committee and the GW AIAA Student Chapter.

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