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2014

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2014 - Workforce

Topic: Workforce
The space industry operates at the cutting edge of technology and requires a highly skilled, highly trained workforce to build, launch, and utilize space assets. Trends in the size and composition of this workforce provide insight into ongoing dynamics and future health of the sector. In 2014, the...

2014 - Commercial Space Products and Services Overview

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Note: the exhibits throughout this section are undergoing changes based on the newest information available from government organizations. This means the exhibit below may be different from the pdf or other text. Revenue growth slowed for commercial space products and services in 2014, with total...

2014 - Commercial Infrastructure and Support Industries Overview

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Note: the exhibits throughout this section are undergoing changes based on the newest information available from government organizations. This means the exhibit below may be different from the pdf or other text. Spacefaring aspirations and successful space operations require investment in space...

2014 - Economy Overview

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Note: the exhibits throughout this section are undergoing changes based on the newest information available from government organizations. This means the exhibit below may be different from the pdf or other text.The global space industry maintained its long-term growth trend in 2014, expanding by...

2014 - Iranian Suborbital

Country: Iran
An example of a country using suborbital rockets for testing is Iran, which sent its second monkey into space in December 2013. Lifted aboard a Kavoshgar-e Pazhuhesh sounding rocket to an altitude of 120 kilometers (75 miles), the capsule containing the monkey parachuted safely back to...

Exploring the Edge of Space in a Spacesuit, then Falling Quickly to Earth

Country: United States
People have dreamt of falling from great heights for centuries, but one man, Alan Eustace, fulfilled that terrifying dream in October 2014. His dream: to explore, and then fall from, the edge of space in a spacesuit. The specialized pressure suit, borrowing technology from NASA’s Z-1 and Z-2...

Understanding Droughts and Floods through GRACE

Country: United States
Water—either too much or not enough of it—can pose very different challenges to residents of certain regions in the world. There are satellites that measure the amount of water within the soil of the region and give a better idea if the observed ground is prime for flooding or drought. NASA’s...

Spying Me, Spying You - Satellite Imagery on a Phone

Country: United States
There was a time when obtaining high-resolution imagery from satellite sources required a security clearance and a secure facility. Today, high-resolution imagery is an accessible, inexpensive, and portable reality due to companies such as Orbit Logic, which released smartphone software application...

Crowdsourcing the Search for a Missing Jet With Satellite Imagery

There are other ways to become even more involved with space activities. Satellite imagery companies are offering opportunities for people to provide imagery analysis. Crowdsourcing has become a key approach and has resulted in websites such as DigitalGlobe’s Tomnod. The website typically...

Ridesharing's Dependence on Satellite Geolocation

Country: United States
Ride-sharing services are an increasingly popular form of urban transportation that depends on geolocation services provided by satellites. Companies such as Uber and Lyft offer smartphone applications that allow a prospective rider to use the smartphone’s satellite navigation chip to identify...