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Year: 2014
Country: Germany
Germany’s civil space program is overseen by the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR or German Aerospace Center), which acts as Germany’s space agency as well as conducting research in its other core areas of aeronautics, energy, and transportation. DLR’s 2014 national space...
Year: 2014
Brazil’s burgeoning civil space program is largely executed by the Agência Especial Brasileira (AEB), whose 2014 budget was ## million reais (US$## million). The Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (MCTI) also has a space budget, which in 2014 was ## million reais (US$##...
Year: 2015
The two 2015 inductees for the Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame.
Year: 2016
An aborted European planet-hunting satellite's technology helps muffle wind turbines in Germany.
Year: 2016
Smartphone software applications aid drivers with detailed travel plans.
Year: 2015
In spite of two failed launches that destroyed 34 of its satellites, Planet Labs still appears to be positive about its future. So much so that the Earth observation (EO) satellite manufacturer and operator announced its intention to acquire BlackBridge’s RapidEye, a Canadian Earth observation...
Topic: Astrophysics
Year: 2010
ESA’s Herschel and Planck observatories were launched together in May 2009, and both are being used to study the evolution of distant stars and the effects of the Big Bang. In July 2010, both missions made noteworthy progress: the Planck mission produced its first map of the entire sky at...
Year: 2012
Much of the world depends on GEO satellites for defense, communication, science, and weather monitoring. These expensive assets eventually fail or run out of propellant, but refueling and maintaining them can extend their lives, giving their users more value. Servicing can also help make space more...
Topic: ISS
Year: 2005
The largest in-space platform ever constructed is the International Space Station (ISS). “Led by the United States, the ISS draws upon the scientific and technological resources of 16 nations: Canada, Japan, Russia, 11 nations of the European Space Agency [Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany,...
Year: 2007
Remote sensing satellites provide images of the Earth for civil, scientific, military, and intelligence applications using a number of different technologies.
Year: 2008
In 2008, there were ## remote sensing satellites launched on behalf of ## countries. Of particular note, in August, the German RapidEye constellation of ## remote sensing satellites was launched. The ## RapidEye satellites travel along the same orbital plane and feature identical sensors, allowing...
Year: 2009
NASA operates or participates in more than a dozen remote sensing satellites and international programs. The Jason satellite, a joint mission between France and the United States that follows the highly successful TOPEX/Poseidon altimeter mission, has measured an increasing rate of sea level rise....
Year: 2010
In June 2010, Israel launched the OFEQ-9 reconnaissance satellite which joined ## others already in operation. China’s utilization of space for military purposes is even harder to gauge due to the country’s lack of transparency in its space programs. In 2010, the country launched ## Yaogan...
Topic: Satellites
Year: 2010
One classification of satellite is based not just on the spacecraft’s capabilities. Military satellites are generally characterized by the end users they are built to serve, not the type of service provided. Although they may perform the same functions as their non-defense counterparts, such as...
Year: 2011
The German Federal Armed Forces operate a ##-satellite LEO fleet called SAR-Lupe, which provides radar imagery with one-meter (3-foot) resolution for surveillance purposes.
Year: 2011
Two major players in satellite-based Earth imagery are U.S. companies DigitalGlobe and GeoEye. Both companies provide imagery to widely used applications such as Google Earth. In August 2010, the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded 10-year contracts to the companies, valued...
Year: 2010
Two major U.S. commercial providers of satellite-based Earth imagery are DigitalGlobe and GeoEye. Both companies provide imagery for widely used applications such as Google Earth. In August 2010, the companies were awarded separate 10-year, $## billion contracts from the U.S. National...
Year: 2012
Land imaging satellite performance is described using a variety of characteristics, including differences in spatial resolution (as measured by how many pixels compose an object), positional accuracies (as measured by the extent to which objects are represented accurately), and spectral...
Year: 2013
Dedicated and secure communications links are vital to defense agencies around the world. Increasing demand for capacity—particularly secure connectivity using non-commercial frequency bands—has driven the deployment of dedicated military communications satellites. The U.S. military buys a...
Year: 2014
Global, dedicated, and secure communications networks are vital to governments, militaries, and agencies around the world. Increased demand for capacity—particularly secure connectivity using non-commercial frequency bands—continued to drive deployment of dedicated military communications...

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