SpaceTalks 4.0 - 2024

Policy and Law

Register Today For Our Space Café “33 minutes with Matthias Wachter” on 17 January 2023

This Space Café WebTalk will feature Matthias Wachter , Managing Director NewSpace Initiative, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. Departure or standstill - Why 2023 will be decisive for European space. Matthias is Managing Director of the German NewSpace Initiative and Head of International Cooperation, Security Policy, Raw Materials and Space at the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

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Space Café 33 minutes with Michael Byers about Reducing risks from uncontrolled reentries of rocket bodies

Our Space Café “33 minutes with Michael Byers” about the International open letter "Reducing risks from uncontrolled reentries of rocket bodies and other space objects" took place on Tuesday, 3rd January 2023. Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.

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Swedish EU Presidency Program Reveals Space Priorities

By virtue of Sweden assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (first semester, 2023), the Country has released its Swedish Presidency program that covers its plans for space. The program sets out the priorities and main direction for the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January until 30 June 2023. The priorities cut across many facets, including space. 

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President Biden Signs FY2023 Allocations to US Space Programs

The White House

President Biden has signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act into law and finalized funding for the 2023 financial year. The Act will see the disbursement of $1.7 trillion to fund the departments and agencies executing space programs. These include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The United States Department of Defense (DOD), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The budget will run till September 30, 2023.

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Space Café Radio – ILA Spezial – mit Thomas Reiter

In this Space Café Radio in german language – SpaceWatch.Global Event coordinator and Space Café Young Global Talents Host Chiara Moenter spoke with Thomas Reiter, a retired European astronaut, former Brigadier General in the German Air Force, and Advisor to the Director General at the European Space Agency. The interview was conducted during this year’s ILA Berlin, the largest aerospace trade show in Germany, which took place June 22 – 26, 2022.

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US Senate Passes Legislation to Mandate Space Debris Removal

The US Senate has passed legislation that directs NASA to establish a program to remove orbital debris, the Orbital Sustainability, or ORBITS, Act.  The passing was via unanimous consent, and it was introduced by Sen. John Hickenlooper, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee, in September. 

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Space Cafe Radio – on tour in Scotland – with Kevin Scullion

In this Space Café Radio - SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Kevin Scullion, International Trade Specialist at Scottish Development International (SDI), about the Scottish space sector, the opportunities and the challenges and the strategy for supporting space to become a unique business segment for Scotland.

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UNOOSA and UK Strengthen Cooperation on Space Sustainability 

Space debris around the Earth. Image: ESA

 The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Government of the United Kingdom are strengthening their partnership with a new project to bolster space sustainability. Efforts will focus on raising awareness and building capacity related to implementing the Guidelines for the Long-term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.

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Register Today for our Space Café “33 minutes with Michael Byers” on the 3rd of January 2023

On December 19, the Outer Space Institute published an International Open Letter on Reducing Risks from Uncontrolled Reentries of Rocket Bodies. The letter was signed by nearly 200 leading experts, including former astronauts, foreign ministers, heads of space agencies, a Nobel Prize winner, and a recently retired Chief Scientist of NASA.

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