News Archive – 2013

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund Interviewed by Forbes

December 27, 2013

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund was interviewed at length by Forbes writer Bruce Dorminey. Initially a discussion of the whether the "life from Mars" hypothesis is viable, Dr. Ehrenfreund expands the subject to include the origins of life on Earth. In doing so, she explains where the largest gaps in our understanding of the subject exist.

Read the article here.

SPI Director's New Collaborative Book Looks Into the Future of American Space

UPDATE December 20, 2013


November 29, 2013

"Despite broad popular support for NASA and the importance of America’s efforts in space, the American space program is adrift, uncertain about the future and unclear about the purposes it serves.  Policymakers in the White House and Congress have papered over the uncertainty with compromises that sometimes leave NASA working against itself and no one satisfied.

On December 13, 2013 the George C. Marshall Institute will release a new book, America’s Space Futures, which responds to this challenge by considering the costs, benefits and risks of different visions for the American space program. In a series of essays, the authors offer out-of-the-box thinking and analyses that lay out a space future that sets priorities to achieve a specific national goal."

The book is published by Marshall, and available on both Amazon and iTunes.

SPI Faculty Article in AAAS's Science Looks Into Human Lunar Heritage

November 29, 2013

SPI Director, Dr. Scott N. Pace, and SPI Professor, Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, have collaborated on this article. In it, they describe the common heritage of humans on the Moon today, legal questions arising and being addressed, as well as the international component involved.

Read the article here.

SPI Director on India Mars Mission in NewScientist

November 5, 2013

SPI Director, Dr. Scott N. Pace, commented that India's mission to Mars is a "stretch goal," especially considering that over half of Mars missions have failed.

Read the article here.

SPI Alumna, Emma Hinds, Recognized by Satellite Industry with 2013 Promise Award

October 13, 2013

SPI Alumna, Emma Hinds, is one of three individuals to be recognized by the satellite industry with the Promise Award. The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the 2013 Promise winners. The Awards will be presented at the eighth annual Future Leaders Dinner at The Penn Club in Manhattan on Tuesday, November 12. SSPI’s Promise Awards honor executives ages 35 and under for outstanding achievement in the early stages of their careers, and recognize their potential to play a leadership role in the industry.

Read a short review here.

SPI and Beijing Institute of Technology's Institute of Space Law Sign Joint Statement in Beijing

September 2013

SPI Director Weighs Public and Private Interests at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

September 30, 2013

SPI Director, Scott N. Pace, was in Vienna for the UNCOPUOS. Space experts from around the world had been asked to come give advice on the best practices to ensure the sustainability of space. He put particular emphasis on striking a balance between public and private sector interests.

Read the State Department brief here.

SPI Director Gives Presentation at NextGen Ahead Conference on the Future of GPS

September 9, 2013

SPI Director, Scott N. Pace, was asked to give a presentation on the future of GPS, its potential and its fragilities, for the NextGen Ahead Conference's Aviation and Space Week. In the presentation, Dr. Pace highlights the oft overlooked difference between radio communication and navigation, the many dangers to the uninterrupted use of GPS-style systems around the world, as well as the future capabilities of upcoming GPS infrastructure.

See the slides here.

SPI Director Discusses Space Industry, Policy and Inspiration at Home and Abroad on The Space Show

September 1, 2013

SPI Director, Scott N. Pace, was interviewed extensively on nearly all space-related matters, including industry, policy, commerce, globalization, security and inspiration/raison d'être. Dr. Livingston hosted Dr. Pace on The Space Show, taking callers' questions, and engaging in a broad discussion of the current state of space affairs, as well as the potential for growth and better direction.

Time: 94:44

Read more here and listen here.

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon to Receive Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal from IAF

August 2013

Earlier this month, the International Astronautical Federation informed the Space Policy Institute that its former Director and current Professor Emeritus, Dr. John Logsdon, will receive the 2013 Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal for "his outstanding contributions to space-policy decision-making, space history, policy analysis, and the education of individuals who have gone on to important policy, management, and analytic positions.

Read more here.

SPI Director and SPI Professor Emeritus Review Time in Office as Former NASA Deputy Administrator Steps Down

August 7, 2013

Former SPI Director Dr. John Logsdon and current Director Dr. Scott N. Pace were heavily quoted in two articles relating to the career of former NASA Deputy Administrator, Lori Garver, who recently stepped down from office.

They not only review her work as Deputy Administrator, but the changes, disappointments and accomplishments of the Administration as a whole.

Read the New York Times article here.

Read the Florida Today article here.

SPI Director Tells Washington Post TV What to Expect from Space

August 5, 2013

"Scott Pace, the director of George Washington University's Space Policy Institute, discusses where NASA's rovers fall short, and what comes after the International Space Station. (The Washington Post)."

Time: 6:35

Watch the Interview here.

To the Point Interviews SPI Director on Future of Space

July 25, 2013

Space Policy Institute Director Scott N. Pace was interviewed by KCRW's To the Point alongside The Space Review Editor, Jeff Foust, founder and owner of Southern Stars Group, Tim DeBenedictis, founder and CEO of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp, and Science Editor at Boing Boing and author of the New York Times column 'Eureka,' Maggie Koerth-Baker.

The guests shared their ideas for the future of humanity in space as it relates broadly to business, politics and science, as well as how each guest's current projects work into that bigger picture.

Time: 52:00 (Dr. Pace is introduced at 31:42)

Listen here.

SPI Director Interviewed on Plan for US Lunar Park

July 20, 2013

Space Policy Institute Director Scott N. Pace was interviewed by National Public Radio in regards to a recent House proposal to establish a US National Park to conserve the site of the Apollo landings. While international agreements forgo sovereign claims on celestial bodies, Dr. Pace highlights the growing patrimony more and more countries have on the Moon.

From there, the interview moves to discuss possible uses for the Moon, including tourism, business, robotics, and the future of human space exploration.

Listen here.

SPI Alumna Laura Delgado López to Participate in MIT/Skoltech Initiative in July, Moscow

June 10, 2013

SPI Alumna and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Associate, Laura Delgado López, has been invited to participate in the MIT/Skoltech International Space Exploration Strategy Group. They will be bringing graduate students and recent graduates to Moscow to develop a concrete, executable plan for the future of space exploration.

Our recent graduate was quoted as saying "I am honored to be a part of this project" adding that "Earth observations and science education will continue to play a critical role."

Read more here.

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund elected President of Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

June 6, 2013

"The Assembly of Delegates [...] chose the FWF's new leader from among the three candidates nominated by the FWF Supervisory Board. Ehrenfreund won the election with an overwhelming majority of votes and will therefore become the first female president in the history of the FWF."

Professor Ehrenfreund will take over Austria's central funding organization for basic reserch in September.

Read the press release here.

GWU Faculty Honored at AIAA Awards Gala

May 8, 2013

Two GWU faculty members were honored at the 2013 Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, an annual ceremony held by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Michael W. Plesniak, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was named a 2013 AIAA Fellow for his contributions to turbulent flow physics and for extraordinary leadership in the engineering community and in education.

SPI Director Scott Pace was given the International Cooperation Award for his outstanding and sustained analysis and assessments to civil, commercial, and national space security policy, and space projects and programs entailing international space cooperation and competition.

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon Writes Feature Article in Quest

April 2013

Former SPI Director Dr. John Logsdon penned a feature article for the latest volume of Quest, the History of Spaceflight Quarterly. The article, entitled 'John F. Kennedy and "The Right Stuff", describes the early days of the U.S. manned spaceflight program and President Kennedy's interactions with the 'Mercury Seven'.

Read the article here.

SPI Director Scott Pace Gives Ohio State Universite Lecture on 'Frontiers of Innovation in Human Space Flight'

April 30, 2013

Dr. Scott Pace visited Ohio State University to give the inaugural John Glenn lecture on the Future of Space Policy and Exploration. He discussed the ongoing symbolic value of human spaceflight, both domestically and internationally, and its relevance to policy makers.

Read his speech here.

SPI Director Scott Pace Discusses the Future of US Space Policy at CFR Live Meeting

April 15, 2013

Former Congressman Robert Walker and SPI Director Scott Pace participated in a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss U.S. space program budget cuts, the indefinite cancellation of U.S.-government-sponsored human space exploration, and the rise of private sector activity in the area.

Watch a video of the meeting.

SPI Visiting Scholar Speaks at JAXA Washington Office

March 26, 2013

Keiichi Anan, Unit Chief of the Space Development and Utilization Division of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, gave a presentation at the Washington office of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on March 26th. His presentation marked the conclusion of his year-long tenure at the Space Policy Institute as Visiting Scholar, and summarized current Japanese space policy and its relation to American space policy.

You can see his slides here.

SPI Director Scott Pace Writes Guest Blog for The Diplomat

March 28, 2013

The Diplomat published an article today by SPI Director Scott Pace, 'American Space Strategy: Choose to Steer, Not Drift'.

The article discusses the desirability of civil space cooperation with Asia-Pacific countries with growing space power in order to support international space security interests.

George Washington University Team Competes in Quarter Finals of 2013 North American Space Law Moot Court Competition

March 2013

The George Washington University team in the 2013 North American Space Law Moot Court Competition. From left to right: Claire Brown, Nathan Johnson, coach Professor Henry Hertzfeld, and Katie Bendoraitis.

SPI Alumna to Moderate NASA's First Spanish Language Google+ Hangout

March 25, 2013

NASA will host a video 'Hangout' on its Google+ website on Thursday, March 28th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. EDT. Spanish speakers around the world can join in the conversation with two prominent Hispanic women at NASA, Earth scientist Erika Podest and principal investigator and systems engineer Michela Munoz Fernandez.

This event was organized and will be moderated by SPI alumna Laura Delgado Lopez.

»See the event website

»See a NASA press release on the event

C-SPAN, SpacePolicyOnline, The Space Review and Aviation Week cover SPI-AIAA Event, "Columbia+10: Lessons Learned and Unlearned"

March 10, 2013

On March 8th 2013 the Space Policy Institute collaborated with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to present a symposium on the 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, the reponse of NASA and the nation to this tragedy, and the lessons that were taken away from it. The symposium was in part an effort to ensure that these lessons were not forgotten.

C-SPAN covered the entire event live.
» Watch the video

Reviews of the event were written by SpacePolicyOnline, The Space Review and Aviation Week.

SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld interviewed on The Space Show

March 5, 2013

The Space Show, an internet radio program focusing on issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce and space tourism, among other related subjects, recently interview SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld. The topics of the show were commercial space, Mars, human spaceflight, regulations & economics.

» Listen to the episode.

Science includes Papers by SPI Faculty in Top 25 Hottest Articles for 2012 in the journal Advances in Space Research

March 2013

The scientific database Science Direct published a series of Top 25 Hottest Articles from 2012. Among articles from the journal Advances in Space Research, two papers from SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund, one of which was co-authored by SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld, were ranked in the top five.

» See the list.

SPI Director Scott Pace cited by Der Spiegel

February 8, 2013

Der Spiegel Online cited Dr. Scott Pace, among others, in an article discussing the possibility of future European-Chinese cooperation in human spaceflight. Dr. Pace was quoted regarding the tenuous state of the International Space Station given its complete dependence on Russian Soyuz rockets, and the need to improve Chinese-American political relationships before cooperation in space can take place.

Click here to read the article.

SPI Students Discuss Space Policy

February 4, 2013

James Court, a former student of the Space Policy Institute, had an op-ed published in Space News this week. In the article Court discusses the possibility that the progress of manned spaceflight in Asian countries might revitalize the American human spaceflight program. Read the full article here.

PhD candidate Brian Weeden was also called upon for his expertise at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting at Davos, Switzerland last week. The panel on which he spoke was entitled 'The Future of Space', and a review of the panel can be found here.

Space Policy Institute and Secure World Foundation Release 'A Guide to Space Law Terms'

January 31, 2013

The Space Policy Institute and the Secure World Foundation have released a guide to words, terms, and phrases commonly used in space law. Edited by SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld, this accurate and usable guide is an important initial step to clarifying the language used in space law for the benefit of students and professionals alike. All readers are invited to comment and suggest both
corrections and revisions to these definitions as well as additional words, terms and phrases to be included in future editions.

»Full Electronic Copy Available Here

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon speaks in panel on the need for a definitive U.S. space policy

January 24, 2013

Professor Emeritus John Logsdon took part in a panel discussion at the Baker Institute at Rice University, "Lost in Space: Need for a Definitive U.S. Space Policy." The panel of space policy experts discussed the present status and future of NASA and the nation's civil space program.

» Event website and webcast

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»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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