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U.S. Satellite Servicing Policy

June 16, 2020

On-orbit satellite servicing is a complex topic that intersects many policy areas, such as space traffic management, space situational awareness, debris management, and the development of international standards and norms. This paper is an initial overview and reference point to on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing. The paper covers the legislative history, regulatory environment, the main…

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Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space

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. The microgravity environment of space is critical for important research and…

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Weather Satellites: Critical Technology in an Uncertain Environment

July 18, 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…

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The James Webb Space Telescope – A Worthy Investment in Space Science

July 18, 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,…

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