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.

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.
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.
This document provides an overview of the President's FY 2012 Budget Request, comparing it to the NASA FY 2008 Enacted Budget, NASA FY 2010 Enacted Budget, President's FY 2011 Budget Request and FY 2012 funds authorized by the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. It provides a comparison of funding levels provided by each top-line item and looks in detail at similarities and differences within Exploration, Space Operations and Science.
This document lists Congressional committees with jurisdiction over space policy. The lists are organized by committee, and sorted by seniority.
Political Evolution of the International Space Station: Prospects for Future Success
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.
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.
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
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.
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.