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IR Career Workshop: The International Relations of Space

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The International Relations of Space: From Satellites to Mars


Wednesday, September 27
12:00-1:15PM
East Hall, Room 015

(Lunch included)


Join IR alumnae Katherine Monson for a lunch and learn on the next frontier of International Relations in space!


Since October 1957 when Sputnik was first launched into orbit by the USSR, the limit of International Relations has transcended the “geo”-political and come to include the struggles, collaboration, and advancement of the “astra”-political. Currently ten countries have the ability to launch rockets into orbit, and over 70 countries now have spacecraft orbiting the earth. And while space may seem far away from life on earth, every time you make a phone call or use Google Maps – you are depending on satellite signals. Who has jurisdiction over those satellites? Who mitigates conflicts that arise? Added to the complexity, is the pursuit of Mars. With three national space agencies (China, USA, Russia) and two private companies (SpaceX, Blue Origin) competing to land manned spacecraft on Mars – the new Space Race is taking off.

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Katherine Monson is an aerospace executive focused on strategic partnerships in the New Space industry. As an early member of Spire Global, Katherine led an engineering team in support of procuring the first commercial weather data from space for the US government. Now the Director of Business Development for KSAT, Katherine works with rocket and satellite operators to enable bringing their data back to earth. With over 120 antennas at 20 locations across the globe (including Antarctica and the Arctic), KSAT has a truly global reach. KSAT is proud to support the vast majority of space companies, agencies, and start-ups, including: SpaceX, NASA, OneWeb, Google’s TerraBella (now Planet), Planet, ESA, and Virgin Orbit.

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