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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.

12/01/2010
This report provides an overview and comparison of NASA budget proposals. The first section compares funding levels provided by each. The analysis then looks in detail at similarities and differences within Exploration and Space Operations. Each successive update of this document adds or changes data to reflect the most relevant budget proposals at the time.
12/01/2010
This document highlights space-related provisions in the proposed Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. Please note this document reflects the exact language from H.R. 6523, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.
11/09/2010
This document lists the U.S. House and Senate members running for reelection who sit on committees with jurisdiction over space policy and/or have space-related constituencies. The lists are organized by committee and sorted by seniority. They will be updated to identify the outcome of each race after the
09/01/2010
Data from remote sensing satellites can be used to provide warning of certain disease outbreaks and pandemics. Researchers create predictive software models by studying the link between environmental factors observable from space and epidemiological data for the population at risk. Several such systems are already in operation around the world, but there are many more diseases that show potential for space-based early warning systems. This white paper explores three existing systems and explains how others could be created.
06/01/2010
This paper provides a brief analysis of the similarities and differences between the new U.S. National Space Policy and the previous U.S. National Space Policy, released in 2006. It provides a summary for each section on what is similar, what is new in the 2010 policy, and what has been removed since the 2006 policy.
The Space Report 2010: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity
04/01/2010
 The Space Foundation's annual report on global space activity: The Space Report 2010. With detailed references and its sources fully annotated, the 2010 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.  
02/01/2010
Space systems and technology offer a wide variety of benefits to the aviation community, ranging from improved navigation to in-flight entertainment. As the U.S. air traffic management system is modernized, airline passengers should experience fewer delays and safer flights due to satellite positioning, navigation, and timing. New air traffic control procedures will also help to reduce the environmental impact of aviation by enabling aircraft to operate more efficiently.
10/01/2009
The International Space Station (ISS) is a valuable asset for the United States and its international partners. This white paper discusses the reasons for supporting ISS activity beyond 2015. The space station is expected to provide educational opportunities, produce useful scientific data, stimulate the commercial space sector, and support future international partnerships, among other benefits.
09/01/2009
The first publication in our Solutions from Space series, this white paper discusses the ways in which space systems and applications can be used to enhance international development efforts. Satellite communications and remote sensing capabilities, in particular, have a great deal to offer developing nations.
The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity
04/01/2009
  The Space Foundation's annual report on global space activity: The Space Report 2009. 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.

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