2008


2008 – European Spaceports

The Guiana Space Centre, funded primarily by ESA, is located in Kourou, on the coast of French Guiana, a French Overseas Department on the northeast coast of South America. The…

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2008 – Chinese Spaceports

Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center is China’s largest and oldest spaceport, founded in 1958 with Soviet assistance. Jiuquan has gone through numerous upgrades, and in 2008 launched ## rockets, including Shenzhou…

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2008 – Brazilian Spaceports

Run by the Brazilian Air Force, the Alcântara Launch Center is located on the northern coast of Brazil. The first launch of a sounding rocket from the facility took place…

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2008 – Russian Spaceports

Founded in 1955 by the Soviet Union, the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is the world’s oldest and largest spaceport. It supports several generations of Russian spacecraft: Soyuz, Molniya, Proton, Tsyklon,…

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2008 – U.S. Spaceports

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) lies on the Atlantic shore of Florida, almost directly east of Orlando, and adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The spaceport supports a…

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2008 – Spaceports Overview

Spaceports operate around the world, offering different capabilities and scales of operation. Some spaceports consist of little more than a basic control center, transportation infrastructure, and launch platform. Others are…

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2008 – Satellite Overview

Satellites, whether for communications or remote sensing, provide a perspective or coverage of Earth that cannot be matched by terrestrial technology. Satellites can perform a variety of missions supporting commercial…

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2008 – Cosmic Discovery: A Look Ahead

Two competing influences shape the near-term prospects of space astronomy: the burgeoning worldwide development of astronomical technology and human talent, and the decrease in governmental support for basic science brought…

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2008 – Space Economics

The credit crisis in 2008 reduced capital available to commercial companies interested in investing in the space sector. This crisis and the cooling down of economies around the globe has…

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