Please join us for a discussion with ChangeMaker, Samantha Snabes. Tomorrow October 26 4-5pm at Rice University. Details and registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lilie-lectures-with-samantha-snabes-tickets-28265284226.
BLURRED LINES: The Eroding Boundaries
between Civil, Commercial, & National Security Space
Thursday, October 20
Reception at 6:45 pm
Director, Source Strategies Office
National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency
The space age was born out of the Cold War and took its first steps to meet national security and foreign policy goals of the United States and the Soviet Union. Over the course of the next several decades, the formation of a robust civil space/space exploration sector and national security space sector also formed strong boundaries between these communities. Over the last couple decades the commercial space sector has been focused on satellite communications and, more recently remote sensing also serving interests of civil and national security needs. However, in recent years, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors have seized on the untapped potential of unique space applications that now blur the lines on what is driven and used by government and what is now of unique business interest with little to no government involvement. Areas once traditionally focused on by governments – space launch, human spaceflight, space situational awareness, space robotics, among many others, are now burgeoning commercial space sectors.
Mr. Parikh will discuss these emerging areas, highlight the current and future “blurred lines”, and discuss the challenges and opportunities of how the U.S. Government is trying to encourage and capitalize on this renaissance in space for purposes that range from research and development platforms for space exploration to preventing a war in space.
Chirag Parikh is the director of the Office of Source Strategies at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this capacity, he is responsible for worldwide imagery collection operations and adjudicates requirements for all U.S. space-based imagery intelligence systems and works with industry partners to support U.S. civil and national security needs.
From 2010-2016, Mr. Parikh served at the White House as the Director of Space Policy on the National Security Council. In this position, he was responsible for advising the President of the United States and the National Security Advisor on civil, commercial, and national security space matters supporting broader national security and foreign policy goals. He chaired interagency policy committee meetings, consisting of representatives from all Executive Branch departments and agencies dealing with space, to formulate and implement national space policies. He presided over issues that included developing plans to counter potential adversary efforts to destroy U.S. national security satellites, relaxing commercial imagery resolution thresholds, facilitating new space startups to enter the market, adjudicating issues on U.S. space launch developments and competition, and coordinating international space cooperation and diplomatic efforts. In 2016, Mr. Parikh was identified by SpaceNews as one of five space industry game changers from the around the world making a difference.
Prior to 2010, Mr. Parikh served in a variety of roles to include serving as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology at the National Intelligence Council and as a Principle Intelligence Analyst for Space Systems at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Mr. Parikh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
18 presentations are currently scheduled for the October 12 Remote Sensing Technologies Event, to be held at the NASA Johnson Space Center, covering a wide range of technologies related to sensors taking measurements, where the object being measured, the sensors taking the measurements, and the systems processing the data may be located in different locations. This includes a broad range of potential applications such as measurements by satellite, underwater monitoring, energy, medical, traffic management, manufacturing and agriculture.
Any organization can request to make a remote sensing technologies presentation on their latest technology developments or unmet challenges, with only a few presentation slots available.
If you or anyone you know has an interest in remote sensing technologies, please register to attend or make a presentation through the TCC’s website. Tickets are $25 for TCC members (through noon, October 7) and $50 for non-Members.
The Telemedicine Technologies event originally scheduled for October 24 will be held next year, and will be planned in conjunction with the previously announced Precision Medicine event with the NASA Human Health & Performance Center. Anyone interested in making a presentation or attending this event should pre-register through the TCC’s website.
Watch live tomorrow as our friends at MD Anderson and NASA unveil a flight suit hand painted in collaboration with patients, families, and staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Astronaut Kate Rubins will showcase the spacesuit live from the International Space Station.
You can watch the event live at 2:55pm Houston time on NASA tv: www.nasa.gov/ntv.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2017, on September 8, 2016. The solicitation is available by visiting this link.
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. This call for graduate student fellowship applications solicits applications from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s (e.g., M.S.) or doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities.
Selected applicants will perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. In addition to his or her faculty advisor, each Fellow will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged researcher who will serve as the student’s research collaborator.
This solicitation has two phases:
Awards are planned to coincide with the start of the 2017 academic year and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to accredited U.S. universities. This solicitation covers only new fellowship applications; renewal applications are handled separately.
Comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to the Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive, Claudia Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of individuals/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.
Rice University Campus Observatory Open House Friday Sept. 9 8pm-11pm Lecture 7:30pm-8pm in BRK 103: Viewing the Moon and Planets this Fall Host: Dr. P. Hartigan We should have good views of the Moon, Saturn, and Mars, weather-permitting. Other celestial objects will be viewed as time and weather permit. See http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~ruco/open_houses.html for the latest updates regarding scheduling and weather.
Wednesday, September 7
Reception at 6:30 pm
Dava Newman, Ph.D.
NASA Deputy Administrator
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