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Handheld Bioprinter Could Be a New Tool in an Astronaut’s First Aid Kit

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer learns how to use the Bioprint First Aid device during preflight training for his November 2021 launch to the ISS to complete his Cosmic Kiss mission.

Astronaut safety in space is always a top priority, especially as deep-space missions become a reality and the risk of medical emergencies increases. Alongside traditional 3D printing applications, bioprinting has the potential to support astronauts for medical issues ranging from small abrasions to lifesaving organ transplants.

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8 Stories from the Front Lines of the New Space Workforce

Before any astronaut selfie is taken in space, legions of other space workers ensure mission success.

Getting to space and keeping the space industry moving ahead takes a diverse group of people with a wide range of talents, including many who didn’t picture themselves as part of the race to the stars just a few years ago. Here are few of them.

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Space Force: Thousands Apply, Few Accepted as New Branch Builds Pipeline of Future Space Workers

Space Force recruits are sworn in during a January ceremony at Arizona’s Pima Air and Space Museum.

While the space industry struggles with a tight employment market, the Space Force, a key military pipeline for building the future civilian space workforce, is deluged with youthful applicants. Only 3% of would-be recruits will make the cut.

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Europe Continues to Lead in Global Workforce Job Growth

Workers at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana hoist the upper composite flight models for the Ariane 6 program. France remains the largest European space employer.

The space industry relies on skilled individuals from a wide variety of fields to enable the cutting-edge developments taking place in this sector. While many countries do not regularly produce metrics on the size of their workforce, these data are available for several major space actors, including the United States, Europe, Japan, and India.

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Space Matters: U.S. Budget Delays Put New Space Programs on Hold

U.S. federal budget delays are continuing to put new space programs on hold as Congress works to agree on spending for FY2023.

The latest episode of Space Matters brings together former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, BryceTech founder and CEO Carissa Christensen, Constellation Advisory founder Patricia Cooper, and former U.S. congressman Bob Walker to discuss U.S. budget delays and the space launch industry.

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Earth Observation Satellites Contribute to Hurricane Ian Tracking Effort

As Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28, 2022, people around the world were viewing images and videos of the destruction the storm was causing. But arguably the people with the best view of the storm were the astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) who could see the entire system outside their window.

Alongside astronauts, Earth observation (EO) satellites have been watching the storm develop, relaying data to operators like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who can then share predictions with the public.

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Space Matters: Kennedy’s Space Speech 60 Years Ago Transformed the Space Race and the U.S. Economy

Sixty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech still credited for propelling the United States program to the Moon. That undertaking transformed the national economy through…

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Prepping for Artemis: Booster Testing, Launchpad Readiness, and More From Q2 of The Space Report

The countdown for Artemis I continues as the Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle passed its launch readiness review Monday, keeping the mission on track to launch in less than a week. The first launch window begins at 8:30 a.m. ET (12:30 p.m. UTC) on Aug. 29, with two backup windows in the first week of September.

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Rivals Launch Military Satellites Amid U.S.-led Space Defense Drills

A flurry of military and intelligence satellite launches by rival powers this month came as the United States and two dozen partner nations wrapped up the largest global space defense wargame in history.

Russia launched what some leaders have described as a spy satellite for Iran and its own on-orbit snooping satellite Cosmos-2558, which is circling Earth in an orbit conspicuously close to a recently launched U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite, a Netherlands researcher confirmed.

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Solving Space Junk Problem Could Net Federal Prize

Polar objects in orbit

A grand prize could be in the offing for inventors who come up with new methods to prevent orbiting debris or design tools that can clean up space junk, according to recommendations from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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