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In 2013, approximately ## employees working in ## establishments were represented by the NAICS codes used to characterize the civilian U.S. space workforce.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes information about employment in the United States in its Quarterly Census…
The U.S. space workforce consists of more than ### workers across the commercial, civil, and national…
The continued health of the space workforce depends on a steady stream of individuals with the education necessary to pursue these jobs. For most space occupations, this means a degree in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. In order to pursue these degree programs successfully, students must have adequate training and engagement during their primary and secondary education years.
In education, the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress exams show that ##. fourth- and eighth-grade students are showing improvement in mathematics, though less than half achieve at or above the level deemed proficient. According to the most recent international examinations, the ## remains in the middle of the pack among major space nations with regard to mathematics performance, with ## and ## leading.
Volunteer space operators who take over old NASA spacecraft; robots on faraway planets impacting the technologies of Earth’s inhabitants; space agencies finding alternative uses for technologies and processes originally designed for space operations and exploration–each one of these topics and others are worth exploring in more detail. This is the purpose of The Space Report’s “Featured Stories.” Years of featured stories are gathered here, some short, some long, but all interesting.
Companies and individuals are using positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), Earth observation (EO), and communication satellite technologies and data to…
The Hall of Fame 2011 inductees were commercial ## satellites and ##. For commercial ## satellites, the award was presented to two of the leading companies in this sector, ## and ##. The award recognized that geospatial technology from these satellites has improved national security, logistics and navigation, mapping, disaster tracking, and other important applications.
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.