look at the Database section by clicking on the top menu. The database includes: more than 900 operational satellites,  approximately 150 launchers,  all spaceport from where the satellites were launched,  nearly 400 key stakeholders in the sector.

Link of the week: Transparent World

July 17th, 2010

The story of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has demonstrated how the  lobbying ability of the energy  giants may endanger the environment. The Russian organization Transparent World faced this concern many years ago. Transparent World is a non-profit and non-governmental partnership that implements programs and projects for the scientific and applied environmental [...]

Tags: earth observation system, Environment, gas, gis, oil, Russian Federation, WWF
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Link of the week: Basics of Space Flighy

July 11th, 2010

For those interested in a didactic treatise on space flight, the right site is Basics of Space Flight. The site is by JPL and constitutes a valuable teaching instrument, enjoying popularity with college and high-school students and faculty, and people everywhere who are interested in interplanetary space flight. This is a multimedia text, complete with [...]

Tags: educational websites, jpl, nasa
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Moon or Mars: is that the question?

June 17th, 2010

A new space policy was recently formulated by President Obama. The presidential proposal is now before the Congress, in a hot debate. As in many similar situations, passions and interests are at stake. The emergence of opposing positions is a complex phenomenon.
Sometimes a proposal is supported or opposed depending on the political party that originated [...]

Tags: bolden, Constellation, exploration program, Mars, nasa, Obama, space policy, USA, VASIMR
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Link of the week: MIT OpenCourseWare

June 11th, 2010

With this post I will start a weekly review concerning links of relevant interest in the aerospace field. Feel free to suggest other websites to review.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is responsible for an initiative called OpenCourseWare. At the address http://ocw.mit.edu you can find a lot of stuff from MIT courses:

Lecture notes

Projects and examples

Image [...]

Tags: courseware, MIT
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Soft power in the new millennium for space faring countries

May 28th, 2010

Soft power is the ability to obtain what one wants through co-option and attraction. It is in contradistinction to ‘hard power‘, which is the use of coercion and payment. The expression and related theory was coined by Joseph Nye of Harvard University in a 1990 book, Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power. [...]

Tags: charm offensive, Hillary Clinton, India, Obama, People's Republic of China, Politics, smart power
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A non-governmental space agency for the oil and gas industry

May 20th, 2010

With the aim of providing satellite communications services to his oil/gas activities, the Russian energy giant Gazprom established in 1992 the  subsidiary Gascom. Initially the goal was to provide communications services to those regions where Gazprom has interests, but later Gazprom was soon persuaded by the advantages of satcoms, and the company took a decision [...]

Tags: Constellation, earth observation system, elliptic orbits, energy giant, ka band, oil gas industry, pipelines, ria novosti, Russian Federation, space agencies
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Volcanic ash is awaiting Europe

April 21st, 2010

Every time we witness an impressive spectacle as the eruption of the volcano in Iceland, it is natural to speculate about our insignificance compared to the power of Nature.
In this case we have also the finding of the inadequacy of Europe as a political entity to manage the extraordinary and unforeseen emergencies. All decisions were [...]

Tags: ash cloud, eumetsat, Europe, metoffice, msg satellites, volcano in iceland
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US space policy at a crossroad

April 13th, 2010

NASA currently plans to retire Endeavour and its sister ships Atlantis and Discovery in the fall of this year. Their replacement, the capsule-based Orion ship and its Ares I booster, is not slated to begin operational flights until 2015 at the earliest, and potentially later.

Tags: Constellation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, President Obama, Russian Federation, US
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Satellites manufacturers

April 6th, 2010

What Countries are manufacturers of orbiting satellites? In this post I include a graph for the 5 years period 2004-2008. The graph reports the number of successfully launched satellitesper year by the six major Countries (identified by main contractors). The data are from the Aerospace database in this web site.

Tags: Europe, India, Japan, People's Republic of China, Russian Federation, US
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Aerospace, oil, nuclear: Putin and Chavez

April 3rd, 2010

The game is becoming global.
Everything seems to go east.
Are we forgetting South America?
From BBC news:
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sealed oil exploration rights in Venezuela’s Orinoco river belt during a visit to President Hugo Chavez in Caracas.The leaders also agreed deals which commit Russia to helping Venezuela build a nuclear power [...]

Tags: Nuclear power, Orinoco, Politics, Russian Federation, Venezuela, Vladimir Putin
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