Space Products & Innovation
The increased use of satellite imagery and data in recent years has led to expansions in multiple fields of research. The utilization of satellites has developed beyond just tracking weather patterns. Satellites are now used to study. . .
Companies and individuals are using positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), Earth observation (EO), and communication satellite technologies and data to humanity’s benefit. From commercial transportation to natural disaster relief, these products and services are changing, for the better, the way humans. . .
Volunteer space operators who take over old NASA spacecraft; robots on faraway planets impacting the technologies of Earth’s inhabitants; space agencies finding alternative uses for technologies and processes originally designed for space operations and exploration–each one of these topics and others are worth exploring in more detail. This is the purpose of The Space Report’s “Featured Stories.” Years of featured stories are gathered here, some short, some long, but all interesting.
One standout story in 2014 exemplifies public interest, funding, and dedication to space exploration. The story involves an old NASA spacecraft, a group of volunteers, successful donation requests through crowdfunding, and ultimately, the reanimation and operation of a spacecraft once thought lost and useless.
Space agencies explore distant planets and study galaxies billions of light years away, endeavors that might appear far removed from Earthly concerns, but in reality represent the building blocks for technologies that are changing our lives on a daily basis.
While space has many practical applications that are already making real differences in people’s daily lives, many more research activities are still in the early stages of development. Depending on their maturity and complexity, the practical uses of these research avenues are not always well understood or guaranteed.
Space products and services are an integral part of many activities and sectors throughout the global economy. Exhibit 1b shows seven major categories in which space products and services make a strong contribution. Within these categories, space products and services include items that rely on space assets to work.