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2014 - Trends

The space workforce has largely continued trends from previous years, with the United States civil workforce declining for the seventh year in a row, reaching a new ten-year low in 2013, while Europe continued its steady growth. Japan saw a slight decrease from 2012 to 2013, but the trend over the...

2014 - NASA Workforce

Country: United States
At the start of fiscal year (FY) 2015, NASA had 17,731 employees. Since FY 2011, NASA’s workforce has declined by 5.4%, a loss of just over 1,000 employees. This decrease coincided with the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the cancellation of the Constellation program, and decreasing budget....

2014 - Commercial Infrastructure and Support Industries Overview

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Spacefaring aspirations and successful space operations require investment in space infrastructure and support activities. Ground stations and equipment, satellite launch and manufacturing, human spaceflight, insurance, and independent research and development—these industries contribute to the...

2014 - U.S. Suborbital

Country: Iran, United States
Private companies are developing suborbital reusable launch vehicles as well. Virgin Galactic flight-tested its SpaceShipTwo crewed suborbital vehicle in 2014. The second of the year’s powered test flights of SpaceShipTwo ended in a crash, with the vehicle breaking up mid-flight and killing one...

2014 - Workforce

Topic: Workforce
Country: Japan, United States
A highly skilled workforce is essential to the success of the global space industry. Along with examination of trends in budgets, revenue, and hardware development, analysis of the workforce provides insight into the current and future health of the industry. The space workforce has largely...

Stranded Bears Seen From Space

Country: United States
Counting white bears on a white background is a challenge when the polar bears are only yards away from an observer on the ground. Imagine how challenging it must be to see the bears in imagery from satellites. White specks on a sheet of ice are very difficult to detect from hundreds of miles away,...

Underwear Shields Bodies Using Space Technology

Some garment makers, such as Björn Borg, are attempting to address a very real need for heat resistance in underclothes. Working with materials used to protect astronauts, garment manufacturers are heeding the wishes of Swedish steelworkers, a demographic working in very heated conditions, and...

Tractors Without Farmers

Country: United Kingdom
The technology that keeps tractors within field boundaries is changing, using satellite technology to aid farmers in steering farm equipment within centimeters of its intended location. AREA4D is using satellite data from the European GNSS Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and combining it with...

Air Traffic Tracking and Traffic Control Space Solutions

Imagery and communications satellites were both used in search and rescue efforts for the Malaysian Airlines MH370 passenger airplane. Imagery of the search areas was provided on sites such as Tomnod in hopes that crowdsourcing imagery analysis would help in locating evidence of where the airplane...

Satellite Imagery Analysis Ready For Business

Imagery intelligence is becoming more available to the public, as services such as Allsource Analysis gained attention in the news. In October 2014, the Longmont, Colorado, company wrote a comprehensive summary in which it identified a new kind of North Korean submarine in port during its...