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Dr. Jah Argues for Decision-Intelligent Processes in Collision Avoidance

17 May 2021

In a recent op-ed written for SpaceWatch.Global, Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, addressed the space community’s use of “probability of collision” to asses risk of collision on orbit. First, Dr. Jah discusses how operators asses the possibility of their satellite colliding with another…

SSS Expert Interview with Dr. Muir-Harmony

05 May 2021

In the newest episode of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program’s Informational Space Policy video series, Alyssa Goessler, the Strauss Center’s Brumley Fellow specializing in space security, safety, and sustainability, sits down for an interview with Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony. Dr. Muir-Harmony is the curator of the Project Apollo Collection at the Smithsonian National Air and…

Dr. Jah Hosts the Fourth Episode of Moriba’s Vox Populi

26 Apr 2021

In his fourth episode of his Vox Populi series with SpaceWatch.Global, Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Strauss Center lead of the Space Security and Safety program, hosted a panel of diverse experts to discuss various issues of space security. In his opening remarks, Dr. Jah said that he has noticed…

New SSS Video on the Militarization and Weaponization of Space

31 Mar 2021

In this episode of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program Informational Space Policy Video Series—the Strauss Center’s Brumley Fellow for the SSS program, Alyssa Goessler, explains the weaponization and militarization of space, giving special attention to the distinctions between the two terms. Alyssa also explains various related concepts and technologies, including anti-satellite weapons (ASATs),…

SSS Lead Interviewed for BBC’s Crowd Science episode on Space Exploration and Sustainability

23 Mar 2021

In a recent BBC podcast episode, Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Strauss Center lead of the Space Security and Safety program, discussed the status of orbital debris. The episode focused on the blossoming space tourism industry and how, if at all, that industry may harm the environment….

SSS Interview on Space Policy

03 Mar 2021

In a new episode of the SSS program’s video series, Dr. Cassandra Steer, Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University College of Law and Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute for Space, sits down with Collin Ma, a Senior at UT Austin studying Mechanical Engineering and Director of Test Operations for the Texas Engineering Rocket Lab. After…

Dr. Jah Featured in BBC’s The Inquiry

02 Mar 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was featured in a recent episode of the BBC’s Inquiry podcast on space junk. Dr. Jah began by emphasizing that near earth space is a finite resource—one which is becoming increasingly polluted by “mission-related debris,” or…

Dr. Jah Provides Insight for the Incoming Administrator of NASA

01 Feb 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Program Lead of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program at the Strauss Center, Director of the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program, and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, recently published an op-ed…

Dr. Jah Provides Recommendations for the Office of Space Commerce’s New STM Pilot Program

19 Jan 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Director of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin, recently published an op-ed on SpaceWatch.Global. In it, he provides recommendations for the forthcoming Space Traffic Management Pilot program to be headed by the Office of Space Commerce. His recommendations…

SSS Video Series Episode: The International Space Station

14 Jan 2021

In this second episode of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) Program Informational Space Policy Video series—the Strauss Center’s Brumley Fellow for the SSS program, Alyssa Goessler dives into the geopolitics of the International Space Station. Alyssa describes some of the earliest political tensions surrounding the ISS and explains how, despite these early tensions, it…

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