This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

Tuesday, July 12 — 7 PM PDT (9 PM CDT; 10 PM EDT): Guests: Gary Calnan. Our guest talks Cislunar Industries, debris removal and more. Check out his website,

Wednesday, July 13 — 10 PM PDT (12 AM CDT; 1 AM EDT): Hotel Mars pre-recorded with Laura Montgomery. Guests: John BatchelorDr. David LivingstonLaura Montgomery Artemis and space law

Friday, July 15 — 9:30-11 AM PDT; 11:30 AM- 1 PM CDT; 12:30-2 PM EDT: Guests: Scott Stride SETV revisited, instrumentation for gathering data on possible interstellar robotic probes, UAP

Sunday, July 17 — 12-1:30 PM PDT, (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT): Guests: Michelle Rouch space art, enginering and more. See her website,

This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Tuesday, June. 21, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome Phil Swan and Ceana Prado Nickel to discuss their project described at

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, June. 22, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): Douglas Messier of Parabolic Arc will talk with Dr. David Livingston and John Batchelor about the FAA and Boca Chica, Musk and regulatory concerns for humans to Mars.

3. Friday, June.24, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. Haym Benaroya on lava tubes, possible commercial lunar habit development, and more.

4. Sunday, June.26, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): Noted space attorney Michael Listner returns for space law, policy and additional relevant updates. Don’t miss it.

ispace Applauds Japan’s Passage of Space Resources Law

The Law Concerning the Promotion of Business Activities Related to the Exploration and Development of Space Resources was passed by the National Diet of Japan 

Tokyo, Japan, June 15 – ispace, inc. (ispace) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Law Concerning the Promotion of Business Activities Related to the Exploration and Development of Space Resources by the National Diet of Japan on June 15, 2021. 

Statement by Takeshi Hakamada, Founder & CEO, ispace: 

“We enthusiastically support the passage of Japan’s space resources law and applaud the nonpartisan parliamentary group of diet members for taking a swift action to lead the world in this endeavor, alongside other nations who have recently passed similar legislation or who may be in preparations to do so. I am very certain that this rule making effort will bring opportunities and  order to commercial activities and should offer a strong sense of the future growth of our industry, as well as the sustainable future of humanity, to many stakeholders worldwide.” 


Space Launch from British Soil One Step Closer

Sutherland launch complex. (Credit: HIE)
  • government on course to legislate for UK spaceflight by the end of this year
  • first-ever launch into space from British soil could have lift-off in the early 2020s
  • UK spaceflight plans would create high-skilled jobs in an industry worth £14.8 billion, as we build back better from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

LONDON, March 5, 2021 (UK Department for Transport PR) — A giant leap in British spaceflight history is being made today (5 March 2021) as the government publishes its commercial spaceflight consultation response, paving the way for space launches from UK soil.


Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies Approves Laws to Reinforce Legal Framework for Space Operators

LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg Space Agency PR) — On 10 December two new laws enhancing Luxembourg’s legal framework for space activities authorisation and supervision were submitted to Parliament for approval. The legislation responds to a growth and diversification of activities carried out by space players, especially from private industry.

The Chamber of Deputies unanimously voted the law on the approval of the Convention of the Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space (draft law n° 7270) and the Law on Space Activities (draft law n° 7317) was passed by 58 votes in favour and 2 against.


Secure World Foundation Joins Working Group on Use of Space Resources

secure_worldBROOMFIELD, Colo. (SWF) — Secure World Foundation (SWF) will play a leading role in a working group seeking to develop policy “building blocks” for the development and use of space resources.

SWF will join with the University of Leiden’s Institute of Air and Space Law to support an international effort to clarify rights and obligations in the emerging space-mining industry.

“Space mining is inspiring both intense interest and intense debate,” said SWF Executive Director, Michael Simpson. “Our goal is to identify common ground so that governments can know how to respond and investors and entrepreneurs can know what to expect.”


The Space Review This Week

Gear down. (Photo: Mark Greenberg)

This week in The Space Review…

Space law and the new era of commercial spaceflight

As commercial spaceflight, including both suborbital and orbital human flights, become more common, these applications will raise new legal issues. Christopher J. Newman and Ben Middleton discuss some of the issues that space law experts will have to grapple with in the near future.

Tough decisions ahead for planetary exploration
Last month the planetary science community rolled out a study identifying its priorities for missions in the next decade. Jeff Foust reports on how the difficult choices included in that report are further complicated by NASA’s latest budget proposal.

In praise of Mercury

Last month NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft slipped into orbit around Mercury, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit the innermost planet. Lou Friedman describes his “personal, not scientific” connection to that rocky world.

The Big Bird and the turkey
While all the KH-9 reconnaissance satellites were launched on Titan rockets, would it have been possible to launch one on a space shuttle? Dwayne Day examines that question as the KH-9 program approaches declassification and the shuttle its own retirement.

Review: First Contact
The field of astrobiology has increasingly entered the mainstream of scientific research as scientists make new discoveries on Earth and beyond. Jeff Foust reviews a book that provides an overview of the field and assesses the prospects for life elsewhere in the universe.

The Space Review: Patent Rights, Space Science and Big Bird

Altair on the moon

This week in The Space Review….

Patent rights and flags of convenience in outer space
The effective commercialization of space requires a legal regime that, among other things, protects the intellectual property rights of companies doing work there. Matthew J. Kleiman describes a potential loophole in international space law that could undermine that legal protection.

Merging human spaceflight and science at NASA
Space science and human spaceflight, long foes in the battle for funding, are going in opposite directions at NASA. Lou Friedman argues it’s time to unite the two under a common mission of exploration.

The flight of the Big Bird (part 2)
Dwayne Day continues his examination of the history of the KH-9 HEXAGON reconnaissance satellite program by looking at its development, including budget battles that threatened the program with cancellation.

Buy this satellite?
Recent events have demonstrated the importance, but also the fragility, of Internet access. Jeff Foust reports on one group making a long-shot bid to buy a satellite to improve Internet access in underserved parts of the world.

Review: From Jars to the Stars
Building a satellite to perform a mission never before attempted can be a challenging, uncertain project. Jeff Foust reviews a book that chronicles the work by one company with an unlikely heritage to build a unique planetary science mission for NASA.

Helen Sharman: Britain Should Get Serious About Human Spaceflight


Helen Sharman: the British astronaut who flew the flag
The Telegraph

With almost 500 people having made the trip, Britain, once at the forefront of human space exploration, has been reduced to a bit-part player. Although Tim Peake, an Army helicopter test pilot, was selected by the European Space Agency last month to be trained as Britain’s first official astronaut, ministers have refused him any financial support. Currently, Britain does not contribute to manned space flight programmes, preferring to put resources into satellites and robotic missions.

As a result, Dr Sharman has used her first public appearance in recent years to hit out at the British Government’s reluctance to involve itself in human space flight, and call for a dramatic shift in policy that will see funds dedicated to manned space flight.