In addition to our Corporate Members, we also work with a number of organizations from around the world that share our passion for space and our objectives for advancing space-related endeavors, improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and promoting the benefits of space exploration and utilization. These partners are often nonprofit organizations, associations and academic institutions and our relationships tend to involve joint programs, co-sponsorships and cross-promotion.
Chinese Society of Astronautics
We have an active memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) for mutually beneficial collaboration on space education, research, outreach and events. The CSA and the Space Foundation have common interests in promoting space activities, encouraging a vibrant and healthy global space community and advancing international collaboration in space. Based in Beijing, the CSA was founded in 1979 to expedite the development and popularization of space science and technology and to carry out academic and non-governmental exchanges at home and abroad.
Charles County Public Schools
The Space Foundation has worked in partnership with the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) in Charles County, Md., since 2007. Each summer we provide Space Across the Curriculum courses for CCPS PreK-12 educators. Throughout the year, we provide STARS and New Horizons programs that have included top-level space speakers from nearby Washington, D.C. In 2011, CCPS Superintendent James Richmond won the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, which we present annually in concert with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) and NASA. Located in Southern Maryland south of Washington, D.C., CCPS provides an opportunity for all school-aged children to receive an academically challenging, quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares for life, in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.
Coalition for Space Exploration
Through a cooperative agreement with the Coalition for Space Exploration (CSE), the Space Foundation distributes CSE's daily CSExtra news clips and posts them on our website. In addition, we work with CSE on projects of mutual interest that support space exploration and utilization. CSE is an advocacy organization for space industry businesses and nonprofit groups dedicated to ensuring the United States remains the leader in space, science and technology by reinforcing the value and benefits of space exploration with the public and national leaders, and building lasting support for a long-term, sustainable, strategic direction for space exploration.
Colorado Springs School District 11: Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy
The Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, an aerospace-themed middle school created through a partnership between the Space Foundation and Colorado Springs (Colo.) School District 11 (D-11), uses aerospace themes and principles to build student proficiency in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). The Space Foundation and D-11 jointly develop the Academy's national standards-based curriculum and provide teachers with the training and support they need to bring the curriculum to life in the classroom. The inquiry-based, hands-on, minds-on teaching approach encourages and inspires students to study technology-based subjects, as well as helping them develop study skills that can be applied across all disciplines. Formal mentoring programs that connect students with aerospace professionals and involvement in Space Foundation programs, such as the Space Symposium, further strengthen the educational program at the Academy. Named in honor of Colorado native and Apollo astronaut John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., and located in Colorado Springs, the school opened in August 2009 with more than 500 students. The Space Foundation Discovery Institute - one of our education facilities - is located on the campus of Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy campus, making it convenient to provide services to both teachers and students.
Colorado State University - Pueblo
The Space Foundation and Colorado State University - Pueblo work together to deliver opportunities for university students and Pueblo-area teachers to improve the overall quality of STEM education. The partnership includes: Space Across the Curriculum courses for pre-service and in-service teachers in both real-time and in delayed-time interactive programs, Space Foundation internships for students, a space studies emphasis in the CSU-Pueblo School of Education's Master of Education and Continuing Education programs, collaborative teacher workshops and public outreach programs and cooperative research projects. CSU - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity and the overall quality of services provided to its students.
Euroconsult is the leading international consulting and analysis firm specializing in space applications, communications and Earth observation. We work together on sponsored and affiliated events and sponsored panels at the Space Symposium, Space Foundation attendance at Euroconsult events, collaboration and consultation.Based in Paris with offices in Montreal and Washington, D.C., Euroconsult provides strategic consulting and analysis and develops comprehensive research reports and forecasts for more than 560 public and private sector clients in 50 countries.
International Space University
The Space Foundation works closely with the International Space University (ISU) on education issues and outreach, including collaborating on and hosting university class sessions, presenting at ISU conferences, working with ISU students and providing data and information for ISU courses. ISU is frequently a Space Symposium sponsor, often underwriting the commemorative space art poster. ISU provides space-related graduate-level at its central campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. Its two-month Space Studies Program and one-year masters program cover all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises, space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management and space and society. Both programs include a team project providing students the opportunity to solve complex problems by working together in an intercultural environment.
National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA)
The Space Foundation has a Space Act Agreement with NASA that covers cooperative, mutually beneficial activities to build awareness of the benefits of space exploration and utilization, identify and recognize extraordinary space spin-off technologies and to support Space Technology Hall of Fame® nomination and judging. NASA is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Since February 2006, NASA's mission statement has been to "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research."
Rocky Mountain PBS
The Space Foundation provided the scripting and talent for video vignettes featured on two Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS) educational programs for students - Matchwits and Homework Hotline. The Matchwits segments pose video questions for student competitors and the Homework Hotline pieces explain scientific principles with space examples. RMPBS is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member non-commercial educational public television station in Colorado and is also a Space Foundation Certified Educational Product. Headquartered in downtown Denver, the station reaches one million viewers in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico each week with provocative and inspiring local, national and international programming. Founded in 1956 as Colorado's first public television station, Rocky Mountain PBS is now Colorado's only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU).
Royal United Services Institute
As the United Kingdom ramps up its space program, the Space Foundation has been increasingly involved with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), speaking at and leading delegations of speakers at its conferences, hosting networking events, providing support for building U.S./UK relationships, collaborating and consulting. We co-sponsor RUSI's annual Space and Security Conference in London. Founded in 1831, RUSI is an independent think tank engaged in defence and security research. Through publications and events, RUSI provides authoritative analysis, insight, networks and specialist coverage of defence and security issues in the broadest sense. Based in London, RUSI has offices in Doha, Qatar and Washington, D.C.
Space Generation Advisory Council
The Space Foundation works with the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC) on New Generation programs, issues and opportunities. These include sponsored and affiliated events, attendance and program opportunities at the Space Symposium, Space Foundation involvement in SGAC events and conferences, collaboration and consultation. Based in Vienna, Austria, SGAC is a non-governmental organization representing students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry and academia. SGAC has permanent observer status in the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). Founded in 1999, SGAC has a network of 4,000 university students and young professionals in the space sector in more than 90 countries.