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New Version of the Code of Conduct November 11, 2013

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A new version of the European Union’s Code of Conduct is available at http://eeas.europa.eu/non-proliferation-and-disarmament/pdf/space_code_conduct_draft_vers_16_sept_2013_en.pdf.

A more detailed assessment is forthcoming, but the basic question remains: why is this necessary?  A voluntary, non-binding agreement does little (really, nothing) to address the most pressing questions facing space security and those actions needed to address best practices in space are better addressed in other fora.

 

DoD Takes ‘Strategic Pause’ as Distinctions Between Military and Civilian Comsats Blur November 11, 2013

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Interesting article in Space News on U.S. military’s thinking regarding its satellite communications needs and growing dependence on commercial providers for those services.

http://www.spacenews.com/article/military-space/38069dod-takes-strategic-pause-as-distinctions-between-military-and-civilian

US Seeks GPS Alternative November 1, 2013

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A recent Defense News article suggests the U.S. military is looking to strengthen the security of the transmissions from the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) and perhaps even examining alternatives to lessen the military’s dependence on the system.  See http://www.defensenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310290012.

 

Chinese ASAT Developments November 1, 2013

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A recent Chinese test raises concerns about the development of an anti-satellite program.  See http://www.policymic.com/articles/70951/china-might-have-just-amped-up-the-space-race

Beyond Earth: Removing the Barriers to Deep Space Exploration November 1, 2013

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On Tuesday, November 12, the Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council will convene a panel discussion to consider the challenges facing the U.S. space exploration program.

William Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, will moderate the panel.

Panelists include:

  • Julie Van Kleeck, Vice President, Space Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Charlie Precourt, Vice President & General Manager, ATK Space Launch Division
  • John Elbon, Vice President & General Manager, Boeing Space Exploration
  • Jim Crocker, Vice President & General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

RSVP by November 4 to Martin Quigley at martin.quigley@techamerica.org