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2008 - U.S. Space Workforce: Methodology

Topic: Methodology
Country: United States
The Space Report 2009 builds on the baseline U.S. space employment analysis introduced in 2008. Drawing upon the most recent data, released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2007, the report surveys employment and salary numbers for the six space-related industry sectors described in...

2008 - Education Trends: The Methodology

Topic: Methodology
Country: United States
The trends examined in this section of the report are based primarily on U.S. government statistics. The main sources of data include the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In each case where data is cited, the statistics are always...

2008 - Perspective

Topic: Perspective
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2008 was a challenging year for the world in many ways, and the space industry has not been immune to these challenges. Despite the systemic problems besetting the economy, positive developments in global space activity point to a continuing robust role for space industry. International...

Infrared Satellite Payloads Enlisted to Combat West Nile Virus

A collaborative effort between NASA and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) involves using satellite imagery to study and combat disease. Although this type of collaboration has occurred before, the new effort aims to formalize a training program. In 2008 a laboratory was set up to train...

Telemedicine Aiding in Disaster Areas

The European Space Agency, in coordination with the Institut de Medecine et de Physiologie Spatiales, is developing a telemedicine solution to improve post-crisis management in areas struck by natural disasters or epidemics. The SAFE project, which uses satellites for health early warning and for...

Better Vision Abnormality Detection With Refraction

Country: United States
NASA scientists have modified optics technology for a low-cost, high-volume eye screening method using a light-bending technique called photorefraction. NASA transferred the license for the screening technology to the Vision Research Corporation. The company began marketing VisiScreen to...

NASA-based Filter Makes Dental Water Cleaner

Country: United States
Water purification technology designed by NASA for use in space life support systems continues to find terrestrial uses. Umpqua Research received funding from NASA to conduct research on the development of air and water purification technologies for the space missions. Umpqua developed a microbial...

NASA Robot Arm Used for Knee Surgery

Country: United States
Barrett Technology has collaborated with NASA to develop innovative upgrades to Barrett’s robotic arm technology. The extra funding allowed Barrett to advance the WAM’s (whole arm manipulator) electronics and software for better arm performance and safety. Not only did these changes allow...

Buying a Ride on a Soyuz And Teaching Students, Too

On October 12, 2008, American Richard Garriott paid $30 million to Space Adventures to travel aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station as a self-funded spaceflight participant. During his mission, Garriott conducted educational outreach as well as scientific and environmental...

Space-based Discovery of More Mayan Ruins

Remote sensing satellite data is also assisting archaeologists. In early 2008, archaeologists who teamed with NASA scientists over the past five years announced the discovery of five sprawling ancient Mayan sites in Guatemala consisting of hundreds of buildings. The discovery was made using a...