White Papers, Reports and Analysis

We provide credible and authoritative information on space to policymakers, industry and finance, educators and academia, the media and the general public in White Papers, space-related policy and budget analyses, special reports, briefings and presentations.

02/10/2012
This document provides an overview of the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on February 7, 2012, which reviewed the current efforts to modernize U.S. export controls.
02/08/2012
This document highlights—in yellow—space-related provisions in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. It also highlights aviation activities to be undertaken by NASA. Please note this document reflects the exact language from the Conference Report accompanying H.R. 658.
01/01/2012
This document provides an overview of unclassified space-based and related programs requested in the Department of Defense's (DoD) FY 2012 budget in comparison with the FY 2012 NDAA and Defense Appropriations Act.
The Space Report 2012
01/01/2012
The Space Foundation's flagship research and analysis product is an annual report on global space activity. With detailed references and its sources fully annotated, this report describes the full range of space activities including commercial space revenues and government budgets, the impact of space products and services, space infrastructure, labor and workforce statistics, and the outlook for the future.
12/12/2011
The Space Report 2011: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity features several new or expanded topics, including:
11/01/2011
This document provides an overview of the President's NASA FY 2012 budget request in comparison with the FY 2012 funds authorized by the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 (PL 111-267) and proposed appropriation bills under consideration by the 112th Congress.
10/01/2011
Two Space Foundation team members presented papers at the 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2011. Director – Space Awareness Programs Kevin Cook co-chaired the 22nd Symposium on Space Activity and Society and delivered the keynote paper for the session on Verifying and Validating the Impact of Technology Transferred from Space.
07/01/2011
The Space Foundation recommends that the James Webb Space Telescope ( JWST) be fully funded at the level requested in the President's Fiscal Year 2012 NASA Budget Proposal to allow for timely completion and launch of the spacecraft. This document fully explains the four top reasons for funding JWST, focusing on scientific benefits, technology development, international commitments and an overall discussion of costs and benefits.
06/01/2011
A new, updated version of Introduction to Space Activities is now available on the Space Foundation website and as a downloadable PDF. This handy booklet is used to educate individuals who need a fundamental understanding of space terminology and activities. It includes chapters outlining Space Sectors, U.S. Government Space Programs, Global Space Programs, terminology relating to the various Orbits of the Earth, Space Situational Awareness, Space Weather, Communications: Radio Frequencies and Launch Vehicles.
05/01/2011
Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham testified on the Contributions of Space to National Imperatives before the Science and Space Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on May 18, 2011.

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