Space Agenda 2021: Explore the issues and trends shaping the future of space
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 07, 2020
From evolving adversary threats to game-changing technologies to emerging commercial capabilities, the space enterprise is in an era of rapid change. This shifting environment is increasing the importance of issues involving space security, development, and exploration as key elements of national policy and strategy.
This moment presents countless opportunities to shape the future of space. But there are also challenges that will have to be addressed, whether it's figuring out how to manage space traffic and orbital debris, integrating new commercial operators or preparing for a new era of contested space.
In the coming years, U.S. policy makers from the White House on down will need to engage with and ultimately make decisions on space-related issues.
To help inform these discussions, The Aerospace Corporation's Center for Space Policy and Strategy has launched Space Agenda 2021, a series of papers highlighting issues that are already at the forefront of U.S. space policy or that are likely to emerge in the coming years. Each paper serves as a chapter in the full Space Agenda 2021 report, offering concise backgrounds, astute analyses, and potential options to aid government decisionmakers, industry leaders and other space stakeholders.
Below is a look at four Space Agenda 2021 chapters that have already been released. Be sure to check back for future releases scheduled for Oct. 6, Oct. 29, and Nov. 19 on topics like spacepower doctrine, space weapons, human spaceflight safety, and space-based solar power.
Space Traffic Management: The Challenges of Large Constellations and Orbital Debris by Marlon Sorge, Bill Ailor, Ted Muelhaupt
Progress has been made around orbital debris mitigation standards, but more work will need to be done to establish space traffic management rules and responsibilities that ensure the skies above remain accessible and safe for space operations.
Defense Space Partnerships: A Strategic Priority by Sam Wilson, Colleen Stover, Steven Jordan Tomaszewski
There are challenges around issues of classification and releasability that have impeded deeper defense space partnerships so far, but the potential to expand shared capabilities, increase resiliency and deter aggressions speak to the benefits of building on the progress that's already been made around international space partnerships.
Emerging Issues in New Space Services: Technology, Law, and Regulatory Oversight by Josef Koller, Rebecca Reesman, Tyler Way
While these decisions won't be made immediately, now is the time to start discussions while there's still time to shape the trajectory and expectations of these emerging industries.
Continuous Production Agility (CPA): Future Proofing the National Security Space Enterprise by Karen Jones and Geoffrey Reber
This acquisition strategy calls for a shift toward a modular national security space architecture, higher production volumes and a launch-on-schedule tempo that can enable greater agility, efficiency, and predictability.
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