Space Policy and Research Center

Science

The UW is home to leading faculty and researchers in physics, math, environment and life sciences that contribute to our understanding of the universe and our potential reach in space.

Technology

The UW boasts a top engineering program with advances in space systems, computer science, data and more that will help us build the ecosystem to monitor the Earth and expand outward.

Policy

The UW is at the forefront of space policy and law in coordination with national policymakers that will set the framework of cooperation as national and private entities expand into space.

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SPARC: MISSION & VISION

The UW Space Policy and Research Center (SPARC) is an interdisciplinary hub of faculty, researchers, policymakers, organizations and facilities operating at the intersection of technology, science, and policy in the Pacific Northwest. The UW convenes resources and knowledge to meet the emerging challenges and opportunities of expanding human interest and exploration in space. 

SPARC is organized by the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and the Jackson School of International Studies and convenes space related faculty, research, and initiatives from all over the UW and the region, including the departments of Astrobiology, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, the iSchool, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Human Centered Design, Industrial Systems, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Earth & Space Sciences, the Law School, Environmental Sciences, Math, UW Medicine, the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation, and more. 

 

A Word

From Our Directors

” The University of Washington is uniquely positioned to convene a powerful interdisciplinary group to advance space policy and research to move us to the next generation of space exploration. We are launching with the knowledge and collaborative base of our faculty, students, centers, and research to cover the pillars of science, technology, and policy. Join us! “

Saadia Pekannen & Kristi Morgansen

Calendar

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November

A&A Chair’s Distinguished Speaker Seminar

Brian Argrow, Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at CU Boulder will speak on “Supercells to Supersonics: Aerospace Engineering Applied to Atmospheric & Weather Research.”

Event Info

3:30pm Reception
4:00pm Seminar
UW Hub 145

02

December

A&A Chair’s Distinguished Speaker Seminar

Erik Komendera from VA Tech will speak on “Autonomous In-Space Assembly and Servicing: Recent Research and the Path to Practice.”

Event Info

HUB 334
3:30 Reception
4:00 Seminar

06

December

1st Annual SPARC Symposium

Industry, academia, and policymakers will convene for this event to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in space exploration.

Event Info

HUB – South Ballroom

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