Tag: Space Foundation

30th Space Symposium to Feature Top Leaders


April 7, 2014 (Space Foundation PR) – The heads of five of the world’s space agencies will be featured speakers at this year’s 30th Space Symposium, to be held May 19-22 at the five-star, five-diamond Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA.

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Proposed NASA Budget Praised, Criticized

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

UPDATE: Added Aerospace Industries Association statement in support of the budget.

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the Space Foundation have both offered support for President Barack Obama’s proposed $17.46 billion fiscal year 2015 budget for NASA. Meanwhile, the Congressman who represents NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California says spending on planetary exploration missions is too low.

The proposed budget is slightly below the $17.64 billion appropriated for Fiscal Year 2014.  The Obama Administration has proposed supplementing the base budget with an additional $885.5 million from the Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative, which would bring NASA spending to $18.4 billion in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Global Space Economy Grew by 6.7 Percent in 2012


space_foundation_logoCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 2, 2013 (Space Foundation PR) – The global space economy grew to $304.31 billion in commercial revenue and government budgets in 2012, reflecting growth of 6.7 percent from the 2011 total of $285.33 billion. Commercial activity — space products and services and commercial infrastructure — drove much of this increase. From 2007 through 2012, the total has grown by 37 percent.

Commercial space products and services revenue increased 6.5 percent since 2011, and commercial infrastructure and support industries increased by 11 percent.

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Praise for Satellite Export Reform

Capitol Building
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF), Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Space Foundation are all praising an amendment in the defense bill that removes satellites and related technologies from the U.S. Munitions List, a key move to allow American satellite manufacturers to compete on the world market.
“This is a remarkable success, achieved by a coalition that included industry, researchers and the foreign policy community. By rationalizing export controls, Congress has simultaneously improved our national security and created an environment that will keep high-tech jobs here in America,” stated Michael Lopez-Alegria, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.

Paragon SDC Newest Space Foundation Certification Program Partner


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 15, 2012 (Space Foundation PR) – Paragon Space Development Corporation® is now a Space Foundation Space Certification Program Partner and has been authorized to carry the Certified Space TechnologyTM seal. It is being recognized for its Modular Air Revitalization System (MARS).

Designed to be used by astronauts in the hazardous environment of space, the system’s technology has found a lifesaving use in another dangerous occupation – this time on Earth or, rather, under it – coal mining.

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The Space Report 2012 Available for Purchase


The Space Report 2012 is now available for purchase.

The premier research and analysis product of the Space Foundation covers the state of space activity and thoroughly examines the impact of the space industry on the overall economy and our daily lives.

Highlights Include:

  • Impact of budget austerity on the global space economy
  • Global launch capabilities and performance in 2011
  • Demographic information for ESA and JAXA, updated NASA figures and much more.

Buy The Space Report here.

SSC to Unveil New Corporate Brand, U.S. Strategic Direction


SSC PR – Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 4, 2011) – SSC, formerly the Swedish Space Corporation, recently joined the Space Foundation as a Corporate Partner and plans to launch its new corporate brand at the 27th National Space Symposium, April 11-14, 2011.

“We are proud to join the Space Foundation as a partner and work together to share their mission to advance space-related endeavors that inspire, enable and propel humanity,” said Lars Persson, SSC president and CEO. “The National Space Symposium provides a strong platform to reach our customers and share our strategic direction for the future.” Continue reading ‘SSC to Unveil New Corporate Brand, U.S. Strategic Direction’

Space Foundation to Give Awards to SpaceX, Télécoms Sans Frontières


Artist conception of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft in orbit


The Space Foundation has chosen two companies to receive 2011 Space Achievement Awards, in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments in space.

SpaceX is being lauded for becoming the first commercial company to re-enter a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is being recognized for its unique use of space to aid communications and save lives during natural disasters and emergencies.

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The Globalization of Space: Asia Rising


Globalization of Space Draws New Market Entrants
The Space Foundation

“While a number of Asian countries have long-standing space programs, in recent years the region has emerged as a significant hub for space activity. Over the next five years, an estimated 25 Asian-manufactured satellites are scheduled for launch, with an additional three countries – Malaysia, Pakistan, and Vietnam – planning to purchase payloads for national programs. Economic growth and regional competition among Asian powers has resulted in renewed focus and increased investment in space programs. As a result, Japan, China, India, and South Korea are increasingly moving to match the technological levels achieved by the United States, Europe, and Russia.”

Read the full press release after the break.

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Groups Praise SpaceX for Successful Falcon 9 Flight


The National Space Society, the Planetary Society, and the Space Foundation all issued statements praising SpaceX for the first flight of the Falcon 9 rocket on Friday.


The National Space Society (NSS) congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on a successful first launch of their Falcon 9 rocket, The launch payload for this test flight was the aerodynamic test article for the Dragon cargo and crew module.

Gary Barnhard, Executive Director of the National Space Society, said, “This is another milestone in the annals of spaceflight.  By successfully launching a multi-engine, multi-stage rocket of their own design and manufacture with a payload to Low Earth Orbit, SpaceX has taken a bold step forward.  Make no mistake about it, building rockets is not a forgiving business.  Their successful flight is a testament to SpaceX’s concerted efforts to get it right.  The eyes of the world were on them and they did get it right.”

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