Over the past five years, the global space economy has grown almost 40 percent, reflecting increasing commercialization, significant globalization, and expansion of military and civil space programs. Plus, the industry showed remarkable resiliency over the tumultuous past 12 months, demonstrating continued expansion into 2010. These findings are among many facts in The Space Report 2010: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, which was released today at the 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.
It’s not going to be business as usual. That is perhaps the only definitive thing we can say about President Obama’s FY 2011 NASA proposal, released on Feb. 1. The proposal calls for completing the current Space Shuttle mission schedule even if it slips into 2011, canceling the Constellation program and scuttling plans to return to the Moon by 2020, shifting human space transport to commercial entities, extending the life of the International Space Station to carry out additional scientific research, investing in research and development with a significant emphasis on new technologies, cost reduction, and commercial partnerships, and focusing on education to prepare our workforce for further space endeavors.
Following a National Space Symposium tradition, the 26th edition of the premier gathering of the global space community will feature a panel comprising former leaders of a major space organization. The agenda for the 26th National Space Symposium includes three decades of directors of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), an agency in the Department of Defense (DoD) that develops and operates overhead reconnaissance systems and conducts intelligence-related activities essential for U.S. national security.
Some of the solutions to many developing nations’ social and economic woes might just come from the most unlikely place – outer space.
The Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation said in a white paper released this week that the ability of space-based technology to overcome infrastructure and access issues might help solve previously insurmountable economic, public health, and standard of living issues for developing nations.
A new aerospace-themed middle school created through a partnership between the Space Foundation and Colorado Springs (Colo.) School District 11 (D-11) opened Aug. 18 with more than 500 students, 42 teachers, and onsite support from the Space Foundation.
The Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is named in honor of Colorado native and astronaut John L. “Jack” Swigert, who served on NASA’s Apollo 7 and Apollo 13 missions. Swigert died of bone cancer in 1982 shortly after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
A dozen participants from 10 different countries, including the Space Foundationâ€™s Vice President â€“ Education Iain Probert, have completed the first stage of the International Space Universityâ€™s new Executive MBA program, which merges the specificities of a traditional MBA with space applications.
The Space Foundation and the Secure World Foundation co-hosted a standing-room-only policy briefing on space weapons earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
The audience comprised primarily congressional staff, representing the House and the Senate at both an office and a committee level. Other attendees included representatives from a number of major aerospace companies.
Nominate yourself or someone else for induction into the prestigious Space Technology Hall of FameÂ® in 2010. The program honors innovations by organizations and individuals who transform space technology into commercial products that improve life on Earth. Nomination information, including online and downloadable nomination forms, is available on www.SpaceTechHallofFame.org.
The Space Foundation has released the following statement from Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham regarding the FY2010 NASA Budget Request:
“The NASA budget proposal is disappointingly business-as-usual. Despite what appears to be an increase to the top line, the NASA budget continues a more-than-two-decade decline in real, inflation-adjusted dollars.
Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham was awarded the U.S. Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award by Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton A. Schwartz last night at special ceremonies at Bolling Air Force Base, in Washington, D.C. The presentation took place at a dinner capping the first 2009 meeting of the U.S. Air Force Civic Leader Program.