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2011 – Russian Spaceports

After several years of delays and false starts, Russia began construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East in January 2011. During the year, workers completed geological surveys…

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2011 – U.S. Spaceports

The Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, is the only spaceport in the United States that currently supports orbital human spaceflight, and it has been dramatically affected by the end of…

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2011 – Spaceports Overview

Spaceport infrastructure in the United States is in transition as NASA makes changes at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to accommodate new launch systems in the post-shuttle era. Construction…

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2011 – Satellite Orbits

The closer proximity to the Earth also greatly reduces signal delay from a LEO satellite to ground stations and allows for smaller receivers on the ground. While minimizing signal delay…

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2011 – Satellite Overview

Telecommunications technology has made the world a much more intimate place. This is in no small part due to satellites circling the globe providing communications, scientific research, broadcasting, navigation, imagery,…

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2011 – Cosmic Discovery

Observatories, space probes, and the scientists that operate them push humanity’s frontiers further out into the Universe. A range of exciting space science missions are in development that will expand…

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2011 – Space Policy: Programs and Progress

As space activities across the globe become more dynamic—blending commercial, government, and cross-border activities—governments increasingly see a need for a formal space policy to provide a framework for coordination and…

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2011 – Perspective

For half a century, human beings have been traveling to and from Earth’s orbit. Since the April 12, 1961 flight of Yuri Gagarin, 523 spacefarers from 34 countries have flown…

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2011 – In-Space Activities

In-space activities include research and development services, manufacturing, satellite refueling, and orbital debris clean-up. Most public and private funding for in-space activity is currently focused on research and development programs…

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