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2013

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2013 - U.S. Space Workforce

Country: United States
The U.S. space workforce has decreased in size each year since 2006, bringing the current workforce to 234,173. NASA’s civil servant workforce has remained relatively stable over this period, even as its budget has declined. NASA employed 18,068 civil servants as of the beginning of fiscal year...

2013 - Workforce

Topic: Workforce
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...

Satellite Communications and Typhoons

Country: Phillippines
Space provides a uniquely valuable vantage from which to track conditions and events on the Earth’s surface. The November 2013 typhoon that decimated the Philippines was tracked from space well before landfall, allowing some citizens to be evacuated and countless others to prepare for the storm....

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...

Earth Observation Imagery, Twitter, and Fighting Fires

Country: United States
In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, it can be difficult to make full use of satellite data because there is not enough time to fully analyze enough data to obtain practical information. New efforts at crowdsourcing analysis have provided vital information following the tornados in Moore,...

2013 - U.S. Space Industry Outlook

Country: United States
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for many space-relevant occupations will grow from 2010 to 2020. Though encouraging, this does not necessarily translate to predicted growth within the space industry, as individuals in these occupations work in a wide variety of industries....

Landsat Data Wants to be Free

Country: United States
In 2008, the United States Geological Survey made Landsat data freely available, and the response greatly surpassed expectations. Image downloads from the satellite Earth observation and imaging program increased from an average of 38 per day to 5,700 per day, reaching 14 million downloads by...

2013 - U.S. Launch, Human

Country: United States
In 1962, the United States became the second nation after the Soviet Union to successfully orbit a crewed spacecraft. For thirty years, from 1981 to 2011, the crewed orbital vehicle of the United States was the Space Shuttle. However, following the Shuttle’s retirement and its subsequent final...

2013 - U.S. Launch, Payload

Country: United States
The United States had a relatively busy year in 2013, with a total of 19 orbital launches, all of which successfully placed their payloads into orbit. This was consistent with the U.S. average annual rate of 19 to 20 launches per year over the past decade. The United States was the world’s...

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,...