Planetary Radio • Jul 06, 2018

Space Policy Edition: Space Force! With Special Guest Brian Weeden

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Dr. Brian Weeden

Director of Program Planning for Secure World Foundation

Jason callahan

Jason Callahan

Former Space Policy Advisor for The Planetary Society

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Casey Dreier

Chief of Space Policy for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Senior Communications Adviser and former Host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society

President Trump recently ordered the creation of Space Force—but what does that mean? What are the implications for militarization of space? National security expert Dr. Brian Weeden joins the show to explain the announcement. Weeden also breaks down Space Policy Directive #3, which directs the Department of Commerce to begin tracking space debris and other potential dangers to spacecraft in Earth orbit. Casey, Jason and Mat take a detour to discuss the James Webb Space Telescope's latest breach, which delays the launch until March of 2021.

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President Trump holds up the Space Policy Directive-3 Image: White House Photo by Shealah Craighead