As Director of Space Policy, Casey leads the strategic planning and implementation of the Society's policy and advocacy efforts. He works closely with the Society's leadership, the Board of Directors, and other policy experts to craft the organizational positions about the future of space exploration. He also works to foster strong relationships between the Society and its members, educate and engage the public about space policy, and to empower individuals to advocate for space.
Casey is a trusted source for space policy analysis for journalists, and has been featured as a source in many general interest publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Vox, and The Verge, to name a few. He also has appeared as a space expert in National Geographic's MARS series, as well as BBC News. He is committed to demystifying the politics and policy of space for all audiences, and has been an invited speaker at conferences such as The Atlantic's Washington Ideas Week and Politicon.
The Senate just held a hearing on NASA's efforts to send humans to...Mars? A week later, the same committee advanced legislation to extend the life of the International Space Station to 2030, six years beyond the current end-date and two years beyond the current hardware safety ratings.
Though progress is being made on Mars Sample Return, a new report from the National Academies recommends NASA have a long-term plan for robotic Mars exploration, and work to ensure communications infrastructure is maintained at the Red Planet. These recommendations largely align with those made by The Planetary Society in a report released in 2017.
The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.