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Broadcast 2078 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on September 1st, 2013
Guest: Dr. Scott Pace
Guest: Dr. Scott Pace. Topics: U.S. space policy, leadership, international participation, HSF, and the importance of it to our nation and future. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See We welcomed back Dr. Scott Pace to the program to discuss our space policy, leadership, the prospects for human spaceflight (HSF), and international participation. For more information on what Dr. Pace talked about today, see and Dr. Pace stated that our national space policy was adrift which we discussed in some detail during this 1 hour 38 minute program. In the first segment, I asked Dr. Pace to explain why our space policy was and is adrift. He referred back to the 2010 National U.S. National Space Policy which he largely supported but the human spaceflight portions of it were weak. We mostly focused on human spaceflight for this Space Show program. I asked him about the forthcoming NRC Human Spaceflight Study underway for which he had several comments but said policy does not typically come from external organizations. We talked about weakness in space policy leadership both with the White House and Congress. Dr. Pace said that he believed HSF to be meaningful to our nation and our future, and he put forth the rational for this throughout both segments of our discussion. Listener Mike Listner called in to ask questions about the European Code of Conduct which is in an ongoing evaluation process among many countries. Dr. Paced talked about the concerns and benefits of the Code & I asked if at least in the U.S. the policy makers were considerate of commercial or private space (NewSpace) interests. He said they were, especially within the State Department. We also talked about humans to Mars missions, lunar return missions and Cis-lunar development. Doug called to express his concerns regarding lunar and Cis-lunar missions and at one point Dr. Pace talked about how frontier lines actually move so what may not be doable today may be doable in the near future. We started the second segment with a call from John Hunt who talked about the need to have a space transportation system before we can return to the Moon or go anywhere. This took us into the world of heavy lift rockets, Dream Chaser & routine spaceflight. We also talked about Falcon Heavy and SLS. We switched over for ITAR updates which Dr. Pace provided for us. Space as a political issue for upcoming elections was discussed as were the much talked about NASA asteroid missions. Near the end, Dr. Pace was asked about the Chinese program & their plans to do an end of the year lunar robotic mission. Dr. Pace had much to say about the Chinese space program. Dr. Pace did provide a summary for us saying that there are still great opportunities in space despite the challenges. He made an excellent case for American space leadership & why its so important for us all. Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. You can reach Dr. Pace through his GWU website or through me.

About our guest...

Dr. Scott Pace
Dr. Scott Pace is the Director of the Space Policy Institute and Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. His research interests include civil, commercial, and national security space policy, and the management of technical innovation. From 2005-2008, he served as the Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA. In this capacity, he was responsible for providing objective studies and analyses in support of policy, program and budget decisions by the NASA Administrator. He previously served as Chief Technologist for Space Communications in NASA's Office of Space Operations where he was responsible for issues related to space-based information systems. He participated in negotiations that resulted in the 2004 GPS-Galileo Agreement between the United States and the European Commission. Dr. Pace also previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. His primary areas of responsibility included oversight of the President's Management Agenda in Human Capital, Competitive Sourcing, Expanding e-Government, Financial Management, and Integrating Budget and Performance. Prior to NASA, Dr. Pace was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). There he was responsible for space and aviation-related issues and coordination of civil and commercial space issues through the Space Policy Coordinating Committee of the National Security Council. From 1993-2000, Dr. Pace worked for the RAND Corporation's Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) a federally funded research and development center for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Pace was a key member of a successful international effort to preserve radio navigation satellite spectrum at the 1997 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-97) and the addition of new spectrum for satellite navigation at WRC-2000. He also was a member of Department of Defense Senior Review Group on Commercial Remote Sensing and the National Research Council's Committee on Earth Sciences. From 1990 to 1993, Dr. Pace served as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Office of Space Commerce, in the Office of the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce. Dr. Pace represented the Department to the National Space Council and participated in efforts affecting export controls for space technologies, space trade negotiations with Japan, Russia, China, and Europe, the licensing process for private remote sensing systems, missile proliferation, and the U.S. space industrial base. Dr. Pace received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1980; Masters degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982; and a Doctorate in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in 1989. His dissertation was entitled "U.S. Access to Space: Launch Vehicle Choices for 1990-2010."

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