A Really Cool Blog

… about science & space, people & politics, various musings & other cool things too.

About the Author

My name is Cody Knipfer.

I’m an artist, photographer, (mediocre) music producer, and proud space nerd beginning a career in the aerospace field.

This blog is the collection of my thoughts, ramblings, writings, schoolwork, publications and reports. It is, in many ways, my online diary – a testimony to who I am, a record of how my views and perspectives have grown and changed. My interests, as my blog posts reveal, are diverse and varied – though I most routinely write about topics involving outer space, international relations, and philosophy.

I graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, where I majored in Political Science and International Relations with a specialized focus on outer space history, affairs, and policy. I’m now pursuing Masters studies in Space Policy at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.


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Knipfer, C. (2018, January 29). Revisiting “Non-Interference Zones” in Outer Space.

Knipfer, C. (2017, December 7). The U.S. and China Need to Start Cooperating in Space.

Knipfer, C. (2017, November 27). International Cooperation and Competition in Space: How – and Why – Should the United States Proceed? (Part 2)

Knipfer, C. (2017, November 20). International Cooperation and Competition in Space: How – and Why – Should the United States Proceed? (Part 1)

Knipfer, C. (2017, November 20). China’s Solar Revolution is Outpacing the US Energy Boom.

Knipfer, C. (2017, October 16). Why Should We Go? Reevaluating the Rationales for Human Spaceflight in the 21st Century.

Knipfer, C. (2017, October 16). AI Weapons: International Regulations are Needed, Before Too Late.

Knipfer, C. (2017, October 10)It’s Time to Reevaluate Export Controls on Commercial Spacecraft.

Knipfer, C. (2017, October). Space Security Index – Indicators 3.2, 3.3, 3.4.

Knipfer, C. (2017, August 30). Deterrence Can Protect our Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattack.

Knipfer, C. (2017, June 29). Super Supersonics to Sustain American Aerospace Ascendancy.

Knipfer, C. (2017, June 28). It’s Time the United States Actively Pursued Space Debris Removal.

Knipfer, C. (2017, June 5). A Coming Communications Crunch at Mars.

Knipfer, C. (2017, May 1). Embrace, Don’t Disempower, the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Knipfer, C. (2017, March 27). To Guarantee American Space Leadership, NASA Must Partner with Private Industry.

Knipfer, C. (2017, March 14). Will President Trump Take Cyber Threats Seriously?

Knipfer, C. (2017, January 25). Sustaining American Space Leadership: The Destination Debate Isn’t Enough.

Knipfer, C. (2016, December 19). America’s Future in LEO? The Possibilities and Challenges Facing Commercial Space Stations (Part 2).

Knipfer, C. (2016, December 12). America’s Future in LEO? The Possibilities and Challenges Facing Commercial Space Stations (Part 1).

Knipfer, C. (2016, September 26). Further Steps Toward the Frontier: Recent Policy Efforts on Space Settlement.

Knipfer, C. (2016, July 11). Two SLS to Jupiter: The Motivations and Ramifications of the Europa Mission’s Launch Vehicle Mandate.

Knipfer, C. (2016, June 13). The “Asian Space Race” and China’s Solar System Exploration: Domestic and International Rationales. http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3007/1

Knipfer, C. (2016, April 25). Of India and ICBMs: Two Current Concerns for American Small-Satellite Launch.

Knipfer, C. (2015, February 24). Stranded by a Snowstorm: One student’s take on being stuck in Boston.

Colrick, I., Katelynne Cowart, Jamie Grasing, & Cody Knipfer. (2014, August). Incentivizing Energy Efficiency in State Buildings.

Knipfer, C. (2013, June 14). Sally Ride and Valentina Tereshkova: Changing the Course of Human Space Exploration.

Articles About Me:

(2015, Summer). Minds on the Middle East. The Hill Magazine, pp. 5.

Krishana, D. (2014, November 6). McDaniel students help demystify the Muslim world at international conference.

(2014, March 12). Middle East Messenger.

(2013, November 21). Political Science students earn honors at mock international policymaking competitions.

(2013, October 15). Junior Political Science major’s career explorations not limited to Earth.

Selected Appearances:

(2016, November 5). Panelist, Space Policy and International Partnerships, SEDS SpaceVision 2016.

(2016, June 22). #97: Space Regulation.


  1. Elizabeth Coates

    I stumbled upon your blog today while searching for The Pursuit of Knowledge in Mary Shelley’ “Frankenstein”. I would just like to express my fondness of the blog, and subsequently, of you. Please continue to run this blog as you do. Its diversity in topics and creative point of view is such a fresh breath of air in comparison to the work of many young bloggers.
    Thank you for your ideas.

  2. Catherine

    I adore your brain

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