U.S. Civil Space Primer

refers to departments, agencies, and organizations of the federal government that have operational, regulatory, policy, or other responsibilities over the space activities of the United States, including private sector space activities, which are non-military in nature. Civil space has its roots in the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, which separated military and civilian […]


Mission Authorization: Decoding the Space Policy Dilemma

On November 15, 2023, the White House’s National Space Council released a legislative proposal that would create a licensing process for private sector novel space activities, called mission authorization, consistent with U.S. obligations under the Outer Space Treaty (OST) of 1967. Meanwhile, Congress and a government-chartered space advisory group have offered their own proposals. While all parties acknowledge […]

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Dancing Lights in Space: How to Manage The Risks of Satellite Close Approaches in Geostationary Orbit

  Both commercial satellite operators and governments are increasingly concerned about uncoordinated close approaches of their satellites by others in space, particularly in the geostationary belt where many valuable commercial and national security satellites reside. The Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Secure World Foundation (SWF) are […]

Time10am - 12pm ET

Congressional Testimony: NASA’s Future in Low Earth Orbit

The following testimony was presented to the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee during its “NASA’s Future in Low Earth Orbit: Considerations for ISS Extension and Transition” hearing on September 21, 2021.  Chairman Beyer, Ranking Member Babin, and distinguished members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on this important topic. The […]

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Examining NASA’s Role in U.S. Foreign Policy

This event has been postponed A Conversation with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine   Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a conversation with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on exploring NASA’s historic and future role in U.S. foreign policy. The Administrator’s address will be followed by a public Q&A and will be followed by a panel […]

Time9:00 am - 11:00 am
LocationCSIS Headquarters
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