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White Papers Archive

March 3, 2016
The space environment is a unique and critically important domain for our nation’s vital interests. With innovative platforms and satellite systems, space is an economic sphere and a high ground used for purposes of observation, communication, command and control, and positioning, navigation, and timing. READ MORE »
July 23, 2013
Weather satellites are an essential component of U.S. weather monitoring and forecasting, generating billions of dollars in benefits for the nation every year. The next generation of weather satellites is currently being built, and both the polar-orbiting and geostationary programs are on track to meet their most recent estimated launch dates. However, a gap in some forecasting capabilities is very likely and it is critical that both programs receive full funding to ensure that any gaps are minimized. READ MORE »
July 1, 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. READ MORE »
February 1, 2011
Political Evolution of the International Space Station: Prospects for Future Success" was presented by Space Foundation research analyst Mariel John at the International Space University (ISU) annual three-day symposium in Strasbourg, France, Feb. 17, 2011. The theme of the symposium was "The International Space Station: Maximizing the Return from Extended Operations." READ MORE »
September 1, 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. READ MORE »