Report from Washington, D.C.

Update on Space Foundation Activities in the Nation's Capital

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On July 9, the Space Foundation’s Washington, D.C., team attended a briefing at the office of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the United States to learn about Copernicus, the European Earth observation and monitoring program. Officials from the EU were in Washington on that day to meet with various U.S. agencies and companies regarding synergies between U.S. systems and Copernicus’. Once fully operational, Copernicus will be a constellation of more than a dozen satellites that will aid in weather forecasting, disaster management, climate monitoring, land use and atmospheric and maritime monitoring.

The week of July 13, Space Foundation Director – Research and Analysis Micah Walter-Range visited Washington to roll out the 2015 edition of The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity. Over the course of two days, Walter-Range briefed congressional, agency and industry leaders at the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the Pentagon on several facets of the $330 billion global space economy (pictured).

During the week of July 20, Space Foundation Chief Operating Officer Shelli Brunswick flew into Washington for various meetings in support of the Space Foundation initiatives. Plans will be announced soon for a Space Foundation New Generation Initiatives activity this fall in Washington.

The last week of the month, Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham extended his trip to the D.C. area by visiting Charles County, Md., for the ninth annual Space Foundation/Charles County Public Schools Educational Exchange Luncheon, with guest speaker Shana Dale, Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) at the Federal Aviation Administration. The Space Foundation annually provides teacher professional development courses for Charles County educators, with the goal of helping teachers inspire their students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Pulham also met with Douglas L. Loverro, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) at the Pentagon.

This article is part of Space Watch: August 2015 (Volume: 14, Issue: 8).