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Mars Missions: The Breakdown from 1960-2021

The first attempts to reach Mars began more than 60 years ago, when the former Soviet Union launched two probes to Mars. Both failed to reach Earth orbit. The success of China’s Tianwen-1 and the United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbiter in February, along with the success of the United States’ Perseverance and Ingenuity mission, means…

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Space Force: Mission Moves Forward as New Branch Begins Second Year

Within the last two months, the U.S. Space Force (USSF) has marked its first anniversary and secured a public affirmation from President Biden’s administration that the nation’s newest military branch will endure, allowing Space Force leadership to confidently move forward with their mission. From the outset, the U.S. Space Force had a daunting charge: Assume…

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NASA Lunar Spending Grows as Moon Missions Near

In 2020 alone, NASA and its international partner, the European Space Agency, approved contracts with maximum values worth more than $11.5 billion for landers, crew transport, space modules and scientific equipment in preparation for the Artemis mission. By the end of 2021, nine countries expect to have landers or rovers exploring for ice and water,…

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LEO Constellation Deployments Up 477% from 2019-2020

Driven by the pace of SpaceX and OneWeb as the two companies build out their low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband constellation networks, communications satellite deployments in 2020 climbed 477% from 2019. Thousands more satellites will join SpaceX and OneWeb as these companies and their competitors carry out their plans. One LEO broadband operator is already…

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2019 Space Employment Hit 8-Year High, Launch Activity Reached Decade Growth of 39%, Research from The Space Report 2020 Q1 Analysis Shows

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 31, 2020) — Across multiple fronts, the space industry heading into 2020 was the strongest in years, with gains in space industry jobs, new nations entering space, and record-level research and investor activity through International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory programs. Those are among the new findings in The Space Report…

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Space Data Insights: NASA Budget, 1959-2020

[Insights is a new series by the Space Foundation’s Research & Analysis (R&A) team to share the details that data reveals about today’s space environment.] Milestone events for the U.S. space program within the last few weeks have proven the accomplishments of the past decade and the promise of expected achievements in the new decade.…

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Industry Insight: Space Jobs of the Future

Courtney Stadd spent more than 35 years helping draft and implement federal policies and regulations to spur the growth of commercial space. Today, he is widely consulted within the industry. The article below was originally published in The Space Report Quarter Three in October. The views presented herein are those of the individual author and do…

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