A description of the way the Space Foundation classifies the orbits of satellites.
The U.S. Army selects and trains its space operators—FA40 officers—around an officer's four-year career point. The officers come from a variety of U.S. Army backgrounds, but once they have finished the Army's space operations training classes, they become dedicated Space Professionals, gaining...
Satellites , 2014
Satellites include a wide variety of systems performing an even wider range of missions from their different orbits. In 2014, launch operators attempted to place ## spacecraft into orbit (including both satellites and other types of payloads), an increase of ##% from ## spacecraft in 2013. The...
Orbital Launch Reports and Forecasts , 2014
The table below shows each spacefaring nation's space launch vehicle platforms active in the current year. Launch tracking and launch system information relies on various primary and government sources. The current year's launch reliability shows the number of successful launches over the number of...
Orbital Payload Launch , United States
Interested in U.S. space launch vehicle activity? Please select the associated link to read about it.
FA40s are officers with technical knowledge of the environment, system composition and technologies for space. Consisting of primary staff positions down to the divisional level, FA40 officers are responsible for formulating policy, developing operational concepts, conducting research, developing...
Space Situational Awareness Satellites , 2014 , Russia, United States
As the space around Earth becomes increasingly crowded with satellites and debris, preventing further collisions is essential. Space Situational Awareness (SSA) systems are designed to locate and track objects in Earth’s orbit and predict potential collisions. Even very small objects moving at...
Space Technology Hall of Fame and Space Certification , 2014 , Canada, European Multinational Efforts
Every year, the Space Foundation recognizes space technologies applied to products and services in interesting and useful ways. Many products and services are nominated, but only two are inducted into the Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame annually.
The 52 years since the inauguration of human spaceflight have witnessed great strides in developing the technology required to support human life in orbit and beyond. Due to the fragility of human beings, crewed spacecraft and the launch vehicles used to deploy them in orbit must adhere to more...
Orbits , 2015
This is a description of the Space Foundation methodology for classifying different satellite orbits with Earth at their focus.
Launch vehicles come in a variety of sizes, configurations, and capabilities. One primary distinction lies between orbital and suborbital launchers. Suborbital vehicles carry their payloads outside of Earth’s atmosphere, but they do not accelerate payloads to the velocities needed to enter orbit...
Workforce , 2015
In 2015, the survey included new companies, resulting in more than ## additional workers. More than half of the newly added workers were in Spain, with the rest falling in the “other countries” category.
Satellite Design , 2015 , United States
Definitions of the various intelligence disciplines for an understanding of how they may apply to satellite collection operations.
U.S. Research and Development Funding , 2014 , United States
In a different category of support for space infrastructure, the U.S. government provides funding for the development of materials, equipment, and software through Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) budgets appropriated for each military service (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and...