White Papers, Reports and Analysis

This document provides an overview of the President’s FY 2013 Budget request for NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service (NESDIS) in comparison with the funds outlined in the Conference Report (Report 112-284) to the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 112-55), FY 2012. As the Congress proceeds through the annual budget process, we will update and highlight differences between the Administration's Budget request and proposed Congressional appropriations bills.
This document provides an overview of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation hearing on February 8, 2012, which highlighted the importance of the Global Positioning System's (GPS) impact on international aviation safety.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Space Report 2011: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity features several new or expanded topics, including:
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.
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.
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.