The Space Foundation is engaged in promoting global cooperation among spacefaring nations - and future spacefaring nations. We frequently participate in international space forums and have a number of cooperative relationships with global space partners.
Chinese Society of Astronautics
Since 2010, we have had an active memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) that provides guidelines for mutually beneficial collaboration on space education, research, outreach and events. The MOU resulted from nearly a year of interaction, including a trip by a Space Foundation delegation to China in 2009 and a CSA visit to Space Foundation headquarters in Colorado Springs in 2010.
We participated in CSA's 2010 Global Lunar Conference in Beijing and again visited with CSA in 2011 as part of our second delegation to China.
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.
We share some of our mission objectives with Euroconsult, the leading international consulting and analysis firm specializing in space applications, communications and Earth observation, which creates a natural opportunity for collaboration. Areas where we work together include sponsored and affiliated events and sponosred panels at the National 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 National Space Symposium sponsor, often underwriting the commemorative space art poster, which promotes the event and is distributed to Symposium attendees from the Space Foundation booth as a gift from ISU. In addition, in 2010, Space Foundation Vice President - Education Iain Probert received one of ISU's inaugural Executive Masters of Business Administration degrees in space studies.
ISU provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its central campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. In its two-month Space Studies Program and one-year masters program, ISU offers students a core curriculum covering 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 also involve an intense student research team project providing international graduate students and young space professionals the opportunity to solve complex problems by working together in an intercultural environment.
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 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI is an independent think tank engaged in defense and security research.
Recognized as a 'thought-leader institute,' RUSI won Prospect magazine's Think Tank of the Year Award in 2008 and Foreign-Policy Think Tank of the Year in 2009. 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 closely 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 National Space Symposium, Space Foundation involvement in SGAC events and conferences, collaboration and consultation. We are hosting the inaugural SGAC Fusion Forum in conjunction with the 28th National Space Symposium in 2012.
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), and was conceived at the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Space (UNISPACE-III) in Vienna in 1999. SGAC currently has a network of 4,000 university students and young professionals in the space sector in more than 90 countries.