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.

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.
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