Space Agenda 2021

Space exploration, development, and security are increasingly important elements of national policy and strategy. Inevitably, the presidential term starting in 2021 will include the need for many high-level decisions on space-related issues. Aerospace has created a series of discussion papers—Space Agenda 2021—on topics already at the forefront, or likely to emerge in the next few years.
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From evolving adversary threats to game-changing technologies to emerging commercial capabilities, the space enterprise is in an era of rapid change. This moment presents countless opportunities to shape the future of space. Challenges will have to be addressed, whether it’s managing space traffic and orbital debris, integrating new commercial operators or preparing for a new era of contested space. 

Space Agenda 2021, is a series of papers highlighting issues already at the forefront of U.S. space policy or 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. 

Chapters are released approximately every three weeks, commencing Sept. 17. Be sure to check back for future releases scheduled for Oct. 29, and Nov. 19 on topics like spacepower doctrine, space weapons, human spaceflight safety, and space-based solar power. 

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Section One

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Released September 17, 2020.

Chapters Include:

Space Traffic Management: The Challenges of Large Constellations and Orbital Debris by Marlon Sorge, William Ailor, Ted Muelhaupt 

Defense Space Partnerships: A Strategic Priority by Sam Wilson, Colleen Stover, Steven Jordan Tomaszewski

Emerging Issues in New Space Services: Technology, Law, and Regulatory Oversight by Josef Koller, Rebecca Reesman, Tyler Way 

Continuous Production Agility (CPA): Future Proofing the National Security Space Enterprise by Karen Jones, Geoffrey Reber

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Section Two

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Released October 6, 2020.

Chapters Include:

Airspace Integration in an Era of Growing Launch Operations by Robert Unverzagt

The Arctic: Space-based Solutions to Infrastructure and National Security Needs by Karen Jones, Lina Cashin

Organizing for Defense Space: Balancing Support for the Joint Force and Independent Space Operations by Russell Rumbaugh, Peter Hays, Michael Gleason

A Roadmap for Assessing Space Weapons by Michael Gleason, Peter Hays

Space-Based Solar Power: A Near-Term Investment Decision by James Vedda, Karen Jones

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Section Three

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Released October 28, 2020.

Chapters Include:

To the Moon and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities for NASA’s Artemis Program by Angie Bukley

Getting the Most Deterrent Value from U.S. Space Forces by Michael Gleason, Peter Hays 

Developing Foundational Spacepower Doctrine by Peter Hays, Russell Rumbaugh,  Michael Gleason

Light Pollution from Satellites by Josef Koller, Roger Thompson, Luc Riesbeck

Space Game Changers Driving Forces and Implications for Innovation Investments by Karen Jones 

Human Spaceflight

Section Four

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Released November 16, 2020.

Chapters Include:

Human Spaceflight Safety: Regulatory Issues and Mitigating Concepts by Josef Koller, George Nield

Leveraging Commercial Space For National Security by Jamie Morin, Sam Wilson

Strategic Foresight: Addressing Uncertainty in Long-Term Strategic Planning by Kara Cunzeman, Robin Dickey

Section Five

Releasing January 2021.

Chapters Include:

  • Survey of Space-related Political Appointees in U.S. Government 
  • Space Workforce Development

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