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NASA Technology Takes the Harmful Glare Out of Bright Sunny Days

June 16, 2021
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Introduction | Half the world is gearing up for warm, sunny weather as the Northern Hemisphere heads into summer. The comfort and eye protection provided by sunglasses make them a staple for many. However, most people might not realize that the technology that supplies us with durable, protective lenses — now used by several eyeglass…

Space Is Critical Infrastructure; Securing It Is a National Imperative

June 16, 2021
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Edward Swallow and Samuel Visner are founding members of the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC). They are calling on Congress to support a recent proposal to include space assets as crucial to national security and economic well-being. The U.S. space enterprise is in the midst of a transformative policy era that will…

SNAPSHOT: Payload Analysis 2020: Communications Deployments Redefine Growth

June 16, 2021
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Communications payloads dominated the satellite market in 2020, accounting for 81% of all payloads deployed and driving a five-year increase of 3,000% The primary influencer — Starlink — accounted for two-thirds of all payloads deployed in 2020. As Starlink is U.S.-based, its rise marks an 8,600% increase in U.S. communications payloads over five years. The…

2021 Midyear Orbital Launch Update

June 16, 2021
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Introduction | Much of the world came roaring back to life throughout the first half of 2021, and the global orbital launch industry was no exception. Comparing the period between January 1 and June 30, 2021, to previous half-year increments going back to Jan. 1, 2017, reveals emerging trends in the global launch industry, notably,…

2020 Space Workforce: Europe Climbs; India Dips; U.S. Still Dwarfs

June 15, 2021
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Introduction | As with so many industries around the world in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic brought disruption and change to the global space industry. Despite setbacks, hiring in many nations continued to escalate. Analysis of trends in the global space workforce provides insight into the current and future health of the space sector.Space employment in…

Quilty Analytics: Space-Sector Deal-Making Remained Strong in Q2 21

June 15, 2021
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Financial and capital markets sentiment for space-themed companies continued to flourish in the second quarter of 2021. There were 11 space-related acquisitions/buyouts, 61 private equity and venture financings totaling $2.9 billion in funds raised, and four public offerings (inclusive of one pending de-SPAC transaction) totaling $0.7 billion in gross proceeds. Q2 21 M&A Review M&A…

The S-Network Space Index℠ Q2 2021 Performance

June 15, 2021
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Introduction | The S-Network Space IndexSM tracks a global portfolio of publicly traded companies that are active in space-related businesses such as satellite-based telecommunications; transmission of television and radio content via satellite; launch vehicle and satellite manufacturing, deployment, operation, and maintenance; manufacturing of ground equipment that relies on satellite systems; development of space technology and…

President Biden’s Space Budget: Challenges, Opportunities for Industry

June 15, 2021
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Courtney Stadd evaluates the first space budget proposal from President Joe Biden and its implications for civil and military programs. Stadd has spent more than 40 years in the space sector, including stints at the White House, NASA, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, helping draft and implement federal policies and regulations to spur the…

Global Space Economy Climbs Despite Turbulent Year, Disrupted Government Spending

June 14, 2021
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Introduction | International successes in space, such as the Hope, Perseverance and the Zhurong missions to Mars, don’t happen without years of advance government spending. In 2020, as nations struggled to overcome a global pandemic, space spending varied widely across countries and agencies. For some, such as India and Italy, spending cuts compounded shutdowns and…

SNAPSHOT: Mars Missions

March 24, 2021
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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 mission, means more nations…