The American Public University System and Policy Studies Organization will host the Third Annual Conference on Space Education and Strategic Applications on September 22-23, 2022


Speakers include 1978 mission specialist astronaut and NASA telescope expert James Webb at a free virtual event

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American public university system (APUS) and the Organization of political studies (PSO) will host the third annual Space Education and Strategic Applications (SESA) Conference on September 22-23, 2022. This year’s virtual event is free and open to the public, who can register online.

SESA 2022 offers a robust calendar of events covering a wide range of topics. The conference will foster multidisciplinary conversations on issues related to military and commercial space at the intersection of science, technology, education and policy. Panelists include speakers from government, military, business, advocacy and academia.

Collar. of the United States Air Force. Mike Mullane (retired), Mission Specialist in the first group of Space Shuttle astronauts, and Carl Stara James Webb telescope expert and head of mission operations for NASA, will deliver a keynote featuring industry leaders, innovators and decision makers to focus on “Fifty Years of the Moon: The Future of Exploration commercial, governmental and military space”.

Astronaut Mike Mullane was a child of the Space Race, who then embarked on rocket experiments in the 1950s before completing three space missions from the 1980s, aboard the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis.

“I believe the lessons we learn from space exploration can be applied to many facets of life,” Mullane said. “SESA offers our industry an opportunity to come together at all levels and explore this mindset, as our strategic application intersects with countless aspects of government, business and everyday life.

Starr, a 2020 Goddard Outstanding Public Leadership Medal recipient who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in space studies from the American Military University, is now the mission operations manager for the James Webb Space Telescope Project at Goddard Space Flight Center. of NASA, and he is based in Greenbelt, MD. Starr has been responsible for observatory operations since the telescope separated from the launch vehicle.

“In my work with the James Webb Space Telescope Project, I see firsthand the importance of coordinated communication within the space industry, where collaboration is the key to exciting new breakthroughs,” Starr said. “The third annual SESA Conference is sure to lead to rewarding conversations for space professionals, scholars and students as we strive to find new answers.”

The conference will feature lively conversations on the ethics and philosophy of space, including the social and political spectra impacting space studies today. Lectures by many APUS professors, students and guest experts will focus on science, engineering, law, exploration, business and military development, education, defense and security, and women in space, among other topics.

“As the space industry continues to conquer new frontiers, both in the sector and in the military, the American Public University System is proud to lead our third annual SESA Conference, bringing together some of the brightest minds in space. industry, government, military and academia together for critical conversations about crucial developments,” said Dr. Vernon C. Smith, Provost of the APUS. “Beyond the SESA conference, APUS remains committed to promoting excellence in space studies, through our programs and the academic journal SESA:”Space education and strategic applications.”

APUS is proud to offer one of the best space studies programs in the country, ranked by Online Schools Report. Through the APUS Center for Space Studies (CSS), faculty work with students to support the development of skills and knowledge often required in the space sector. This includes coordinating space-related educational research and student activities across the University. APUS publishes the SESA Journal in collaboration with the Policy Studies Organization (PSO), in order to organize recent knowledge in the field. To learn more about the SESA 2022 Virtual Conference, visit here for the latest schedule and here to register.

About the American Public University System
American Public University System (APUS) provides accessible and affordable online higher education to adult learners from all backgrounds. APUS, a five-time recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Public University as well as American Military University, the premier provider of online higher education for US military and veterans. * With over 123,000 alumni worldwide, APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI). For more information, visit

*Based on Department of Defense FY 2019 tuition assistance and Veterans Administration student enrollment data, as reported by Military Times, 2020.

Kathleen Liebenberg
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