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Companies and individuals are using positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), Earth observation (EO), and communication satellite technologies and data to…
To recognize and raise awareness of new space products and services, the Space Foundation maintains its Space Technology Hall of Fame and Space Certification programs. In collaboration with NASA, the Space Technology Hall of Fame annually honors individuals or organizations that have improved the quality of life on Earth by developing a product based on space technology.
On October 26, 2010, the last of 33 trapped Chilean miners was lifted to the surface. The rescue ended an unprecedented 69 days of underground survival following a tunnel collapse in a 100-year-old mine. The story of the trapped miners and the international effort to save them captivated the world. Space products, services, and knowledge played an important role in the successful rescue efforts.
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Space Products and Services – TSR 2015 explores some of the ways in which space products and services have enriched the lives and businesses of everyday people, from travel, lifestyle, and entertainment to science, biotechnology, and health care. Related Resources Space Products and Services – TSR 2014 Space Products and Services – TSR 2016 Space…
Workforce: Space Workforce – TSR 2015 explores U.S. space, European space and Japanese space at national levels, including NASA and U.S. National Security space workforce. Related Resources Workforce: Space Workforce – TSR 2016 Workforce: Space Workforce – TSR 2017 Workforce: Workforce and Education – TSR 2014 Workforce: Space Workforce – TSRQ1 2020
Satellites include a wide variety of systems performing an even wider range of missions from their different orbits. In 2014, launch operators attempted to place ## spacecraft into orbit (including both satellites and other types of payloads), an increase of ##% from ## spacecraft in 2013. The majority of spacecraft are launched to LEO—in 2014, this was the destination for ##% of all spacecraft, or ##% when excluding nanosatellites, which have masses of less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds).
The innovation that characterizes space programs and operations presents a complementary set of opportunities for space agencies: new ideas to solve complicated problems in space (spin-ons) and new ways to adapt space technologies for beneficial products and services for Earth (spinoffs).