What is SpaceJams?
SpaceJams is our weekly Policy "meeting". It is meant to be an informal get-together (with food!) for anyone in SSI that is interested in gaining a broader perspective on the space industry and learning about a particular topic or recent space news. We want this to be a welcoming and interactive space (pun intended) where anyone can jump in with questions, ideas, or insights.
The overall structure is loosely as follows:
- Each week, a member (or a couple of members) will be Discussion Leads, bringing in a topic or article(s) of interest and any relevant historical contexts that they feel the group would benefit from.
- The Discussion Leads share and summarize the article or topic of choice, presenting any conflicting opinions, strategies, or current difficulties that makes this a relevant and intriguing topic.
- Discussion Leads prepare a series of questions to pose to the group for discussion and any possible proposals or areas for further research. More often than not, there won't be a simple resolution to a topic -- and that's fine! The goal here isn't to solve the problems facing the aerospace industry, but rather to gain a better understanding of what's happening. Where we can, we may try to hypothesize what possible futures may look like.
Discussion Lead Schedule (Fall 2017)
Week 3 (Sun 10/8): Rebecca
Week 4 (Sat 1014): Thomas
Possible Discussion Topics
Not sure where to start? Take a look at just a handful of issues present in the space world these days...
- Back to the Moon or go to Mars?
- US Space Corps
- Space debris -- Who's problem is it? How to enforce rules?
- (Asteroid) Mining and territorial ownership
- NASA's Space Launch System (SLS)
- Legislative oversight for national colonization of outer space bodies?
- What are the most important considerations for Mars colonization?
- The right role for NASA given private launchers like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, etc
- How much human safety should be a priority
- What we should be developing? (e.g. focus on launch, or do we need more human health stuff)
- Why should we settle other planets vs focus on taking care of Earth?
- Why should we go to or explore space at all?
- How will colonization affect society and culture?
- Space weaponry laws (and how they affect space debris clearance)
- Military vs. civilian space divides
- How Earth imaging companies like Planet should handle privacy or security issues
- Should countries try for self-sufficiency in space at greater expense
- How should the US respond if China goes for the moon again?
- Expanding commercial crew?
- Deep Space Gateway pro/con
- Planetary protection issues (e.g. Europa science?)
Other great places to start: