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Andre C. Doumitt
Barbara Manganis Braun
Carrie L. O’quinn
Catherine C. Venturini
Dr. Henry Helvajian
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Dr. Jamie M. Morin
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Edward L. Bolton Jr.
Karen L. Jones
Lina M. Cashin
Randy L. Kendall
Steven J. Isakowitz
Ted J. Muelhaupt
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Getting It Right: June 2018 Issue
Commercial Off The Shelf for Long-Term Missions
Regulatory Challenges for New Space Entrants
The space regulatory environment is facing increasing demand for improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery. This paper discusses recent events as small satellite regulators ...
Assuring Operations of Autonomous Systems
This paper discusses why decisionmakers are facing an urgent need to establish policies that verify and validate the health of complex aerospace systems-of systems.
Setting the Standard: Launch Units For The SmallSat Era
Developing a launch standard for the rapidly growing smallsat industry could yield benefits in capabilities and agility—yet obstacles may hinder widespread acceptance of a standard.
In Your Space: Rendezvous and Proximity Operations Lessons
Rendezvous and proximity operations will soon become routine. What can the space community do to prepare? Using the International Space Station’s requirements for visiting spacecraft is an approach fo...
The Policy and Science of Rocket Emissions
Rockets directly inject combustion products into the stratosphere. These emissions deplete the ozone and alter the radiative balance of the atmosphere. As a result, they contribute to the complex inte...
GPS Transponders for Space Traffic Management
The space community relies on the radar and optical telescopes in the U.S. Department of Defense for tracking satellites. This system is likely to be overwhelmed by the proliferation of small satellit...
Public-Private Partnerships In Space
U.S. government agencies should pursue partnerships with the private sector for satellite communications, navigation, Earth monitoring, solar system exploration, and other space applications to reduce...
Space Traffic Management in the Age of New Space
Solutions to the space traffic problem include minimizing growth in the number of future objects and maximizing the accuracy of orbital predictions. As the number of objects orbiting Earth grows, the ...
Cislunar Development: What to Build and Why
Cislunar space—the orbital area near and around the moon—remains an underutilized resource. Possible applications like outposts on the moon, extraterrestrial mining operations, and interplanetary ways...
The U.S.-Canada Space Alliance
The U.S.-Canadian space partnership stemmed from mutual needs in the areas of deterrence, resources, information, geography, and legitimacy. Canada’s contributions to the U.S. national security space ...
Corporate Social Responsibility - Giving Back
From supporting STEM and mentoring our youth to training teachers and assisting neighbors in need, Aerospace has long recognized that our work for our fellow citizens is a vital investment. We hope yo...
Fostering Innovation At Aerospace
Meeting the ever-increasing demands of new commercial space startups while providing our customers unparalleled mission success rates is challenging. To respond to this challenge, The Aerospace Corpo...
On-Orbit Assembly of Space Assets
Industry and government bodies are considering creating interface standards for on-orbit assembly blocks—but they'll have to address concerns of national security, intellectual property, liabilit...
Assurance through Insurance and On-orbit Servicing
On-orbit servicing is an emerging capability that can potentially revolutionize how satellites operate in space. The ability to fix anomalies or extend service life for aging satellites can change the...
Planetary Defense: Risks, Options, and Costs
A major asteroid strike on Earth would cause widespread devastation. What are the options, risks, and costs involved in trying to divert or destroy a near-Earth object (NEO) on a collision course with...