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.

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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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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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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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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Small signals, Bolivia, China and satellites

March 19th, 2010

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Small signal is a well known terminology for electrical engineers, used to approximate the behavior of nonlinear devices with linear equations.  The real world is highly nonlinear. So I’ll have a look to something that for the international observer in the aerospace sector is considered a very minor event (in the small linear [...]

Tags: European Union, Goldman Sachs, Gross domestic product, Multilateral, People's Republic of China
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Global change and the satellites

March 17th, 2010

There is a common agreement on the global warming, i.e. the average increase of world temperature in the last few decades. The debate is on the causes, whether it is an anthropogenic climate change or not.

Tags: Anthropogenic, Climate change, Climate Change: The Ipcc Response Strategies, Environment, Global warming, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, United Nations
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