Skip to menu Skip to content
 

2013

Browse Resources By Year

2013 - Trends

Trends in the global space workforce continue to be mixed, with the U.S. space workforce contracting for the sixth year in a row while space workforces in Japan and Europe saw further increases.Note: The exhibits in this section are from The Space Report 2014. Please refer to this year's exhibits...

2013 - U.S. Suborbital

Several crewed, reusable suborbital vehicles have been under development during the past decade. These vehicles are being designed and built by commercial companies to carry paying passengers to the edge of space, enabling them to experience microgravity for minutes at a time. When operational,...

2013 - Japan Launch, Payload

Country: Canada, Japan
Japan successfully conducted three orbital launches in 2013, placing a variety of payloads into orbit for domestic customers. In 2013, Japan also signaled that it intends to compete in the global commercial market.Japan’s first launch of 2013 took place in January, when the country’s H-IIA...

2013 - Perspective

Topic: Perspective
Country:
The evolution of the space sector is reflected in changes within the industry in response to new challenges and opportunities. As certain elements of the space economy become established economic goods, the ways customers buy—and companies sell—those space products and services evolves. As new...

Collaboration Between Space Agencies and the Public

Country:
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...

Canada's Biopsy Robot

Country: Canada
Advances in robotics led by space programs are finding a wide array of uses in the medical field. In addition to the hospital QC Bot derived from the Mars rovers, a robot capable of performing biopsies for breast cancer has been developed and is entering clinical trials. Called the...

Helping the Lame to Walk: The X1 Exoskeleton

Country: United States
Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot on the ISS, has lent its technology to another NASA project: the X1 robotic exoskeleton. The 26-kilogram (57-pound) X1 attaches to both legs, with controls and a harness extending over the person’s back and shoulders. X1 has been developed by NASA and...

PUMA Tracks Progress of Pulmonary Disease Patient

Country: United States
The Portable Unit for Metabolic Analysis (PUMA) was invented at NASA Glenn Research Center to monitor an astronaut’s oxygen intake and carbon dioxide release, basic factors in astronaut health. This same technology is now being used to track the treatment progress of patients with...

Taking Red Helps with Cholesterol

To reduce the logistical requirements of a crew operating in space, a spacecraft must carry a precise combination of plants and microorganisms that efficiently recover oxygen, potable water, and nutritious food from waste products. An ESA experiment to study candidate microorganisms...

Using Earth Observation Data to Better Understand Zebra Migrations

Country: Botswana
Scientists have relied on ground observations, GNSS collars, and satellite images to track animal migration. These tools allow scientists to monitor migration, but not to predict where or when it will happen. To test the hypothesis that zebra migration in Botswana is dependent on the...