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. The Aerospace Corporation has created a series of discussion papers—Space Agenda 2021—on topics that are already at the forefront, or are likely to emerge in the next few years. In addition to highlighting the issues, this series offers concise background, analyses, and options to aid government decisionmakers, industry leaders, journalists, students, and other parties interested in the future of U.S. space efforts.

Available Chapters for Download (see bottom of page for previously released, related publications):

Space Traffic Management: The Challenges of Large Constellations and Orbital Debris

          Marlon Sorge, Bill Ailor, Ted Muelhaupt

Defense Space Partnerships: A Strategic Priority

          Sam Wilson, Colleen Stover, Steven Jordan Tomaszewski

Emerging Issues in New Space Services: Technology, Law, and Regulatory Oversight

         Josef Koller, Rebecca Reesman, Tyler Way

Continuous Production Agility (CPA): Future Proofing the National Security Space Enterprise

          Karen L. Jones and Geoffrey S. Reber

Airspace Integration in an Era of Growing Launch Operations

          Rob Unverzagt

The Arctic: Space-based Solutions to Infrastructure and National Security Needs

          Karen Jones & Lina Cashin

Organizing for Defense Space: Balancing Support for the Joint Force and Independent Space Operations

          Russell Rumbaugh, Peter Hays, & Mick Gleason

A Roadmap for Assessing Space Weapons

          Mick Gleason & Peter Hays

Space-Based Solar Power: A Near-Term Investment Decision

          James Vedda & Karen Jones


Additional chapters will be released on October 29, and November 19. Among the topics to be featured are:

  • Spacepower Doctrine
  • Game-Changing Technologies
  • Space Deterrence
  • Human Spaceflight Safety
  • NASA’s Major Programs 

Previously Released Related Publications

  1. Space Leadership in Transition [James Vedda, Nov 2019]
  2. What Place for Space: Competing Schools of Operational Thought [Russell Rumbaugh, Jul 2019]
  3. Non-interference with National Technical Means: The Status Quo Will Not Survive [Mick Gleason, Jan 2020]
  4. The Future of Ubiquitous, Realtime Intelligence: A GEOINT Singularity [Josef Koller, Aug 2019]
  5. Cislunar Development: What to Build and Why [James Vedda, Apr 2018]
  6. Cislunar Stewardship: Planning for Sustainability and International Cooperation [George Pollock & James Vedda, Jun 2020]
  7. Slash the Trash: Incentivizing Deorbit [Rebecca Reesman & Mick Gleason, Apr 2020]
  8. Public-Private Partnerships in Space [Karen Jones, Apr 2018]
  9. Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Approach to Deliver 5G Services and Critical Weather Forecasts [David Lubar, David Kunkee, & Lina Cashin, Jan 2020]

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