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2007 - U.S. Space Workforce

Country: United States
U.S. Economic and Employment ImpactsAccording to the most recent study by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, conducted in 2006, the estimated direct value of the goods and services produced by the U.S. commercial space transportation sector was...

2007 - U.S. Launch, Human

Country: United States
Exhibit 3i lists existing human rated vehicles, as well as those in development.56 Also included in this list are the original two winners of the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) competition.NASA announced SpaceX and Rocketplane Kistler as the winners of the COTS competition...

Testing Inflatable Space Modules

Country: United States
Bigelow Aerospace, an entrepreneurial company based in Nevada, has taken steps toward providing potential in-space accommodations with the successful launch and operation of two expandable modules: Genesis I and Genesis II. These were launched in July 2006 and June 2007, respectively. These...

Improved Communications While Cruising

Country: United States
A number of new satellite applications help cruise ships provide greater connectivity to their guests. Satellite communications have always been important to connectivity on cruise ships but the diversity of communications options to which guests have become accustomed is driving a number of...

Cellphone Roaming in the Middle of the Ocean

Country: United States
In 2007, SeaMobile Enterprises, a provider of maritime voice, data, and Internet connectivity, announced a move into content delivery through a subsidiary, Wave Entertainment Network. Content comes to the ship live via SeaMobile’s Maritime Telecommunications Network, which can be cached onboard...

Collaring and Tracking Coyotes

Country: United States
Among the examples of the role of space in wildlife and resource management, New York State is sponsoring a study on the behavior of coyotes, which have become an increasingly visible part of life in many suburbs. The study involves the use of GPS collars to track the patterns of coyote...

Watching the Polar Ice Caps from Space

Country: United States
Space assets are also responding to environmental challenges. In 2007, satellite monitoring of the polar ice caps by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, showed that the cap of floating sea ice on the Arctic Ocean shrank more than one million square miles below the...

How Safe a Driver Are You? GPS Might Answer that Question

Country: United States
Vehicle tracking technologies are developing in sophistication to support consumer safety applications. A number of automakers now provide in-vehicle GPS devices that can monitor location, speed, use of safety belts, and the presence of passengers. The devices can notify parents or guardians over...

Students Get GPS Phones

Country: United States
In response to the tragic events at Virginia Tech in the spring of 2007, several colleges have begun distributing GPS phones with tracking devices to students. Devices in use at Montclair State University can alert the campus police station immediately or on a 20-minute timer for situations when a...

Searching For Downed Aircraft With Satellite Imagery

Country: United States
In September 2007, a search-and-rescue mission for missing aviator Steve Fossett was aided by volunteers who never left their homes. Instead of combing forests and mountains, these searchers scanned digital satellite images provided by the commercial remote sensing firms GeoEye and DigitalGlobe for...