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March 2013 Issue of Space Quarterly Magazine Released, SpaceRef

"The March 2012 edition of Space Quarterly Magazine is now available. Here are the table of contents for the U.S. and Canadian editions."

Smallsats on the Rise

Smallsats on the Rise, Space Quarterly Magazine

"In the last decade, and especially in just the last few years, the pendulum has started to swing back to smaller satellites, at least for some applications. Advances in electronics and the miniaturization of other spacecraft components now make it possible for smaller satellites--weighing from a few hundred kilograms down to as little as a few kilograms--to perform missions that previously required much heavier spacecraft. While there are many applications that will still require large spacecraft, smallsats are carving out a growing share of the market among users in universities, governments, and industry."

Marc's note: The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

SQ-Dec-2012-USA-cover-200x260.jpgSpace Quarterly Magazine December Issue Available

Space Quarterly December 2012 U.S. Edition Table of Contents

  • - Interview: NanoRacks: Providing a Commercial Pathway for Research in Low Earth Orbit
  • - Business Briefs
  • - The Commercial Crew Program Enters the Next Phase
  • - NewSpace: Turning the Corner?
  • - JPL Curiosity Team Challenged by Exciting Data, Sampling Workload
  • - The A-Train and Formation Flying
  • - Current State of the Satellite Industry
  • - Earth Observation: Presence and Future
  • - Hosted Payloads
  • - Smallsats on the Rise
  • - India Races China in Space for Asian Prestige, Military Security
  • - The Chris Hadfield Story
  • - Future Space: Ionizing Radiation and Space-born Electronics

Craig Covault Joins SpaceRef

Veteran Space Reporter Craig Covault Joins Growing SpaceRef Team, SpaceRef

"SpaceRef is pleased to announce that award winning veteran reporter Craig Covault has agreed to join the growing SpaceRef team. Craig will be a Contributing Editor for SpaceRef's Space Quarterly magazine and a Senior Editor for SpaceRef's network of web sites."

Marc's note: I'm happy to make this announcement, Craig will be a great addition to our team.

Iran Space Program Update

Iran Space Program Update, SpaceRef

The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

"Considering the changes in the Iranian space organization during the last decade, it was amazing to find a complete stand of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) at the exhibition of the International Astronomical Congress in Cape Town last fall. This kind of openness was not in concert with the organizational changes that were signified by the more military control of the space scene and space organizations in Iran during the last five years."

Israel Space Program Update

Military Space Drives Israel Space Program for Now, Space Quarterly Magazine

The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

"Israel, a country of close to 8 million people with an approximate $80 million space budget, both civil and military, is ranked 9th in the world in the latest edition of Futron's Space Competitiveness Index. This, despite having less than 1/10th the GDP than four of the countries ahead of it and 1/5th of the other four. Israel is also part of a small exclusive group of nations that has the ability to both manufacture and launch its own satellites. To say that Israel is punching above its weight is an understatement. How did it reach this status? Out of sheer necessity."

Space Quarterly Magazine September 2012 Table of ContentsSpace Quarterly Magazine September 2012 Table of Contents, SpaceRef

Marc's note: The September 2012 edition of Space Quarterly Magazine is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 4. There many highlights to the issue including an update on the Israeli and Iranian space programs, an interview with Jim Armor of ATK, Orbital Antares takes flight, the Plutonium shortage and from Neil deGrasse Tyson why a healthy space program equals a healthy economy and much more.

Follow the link for the complete table of contents and to subscribe.

Is There a Future for Space-Based Solar Power?, Space Quarterly Magazine

The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

"Space-based solar energy production systems, commonly known as 'Solar Power Satellites' or SPS's, offer the prospect of effective, environmentally friendly electrical power.

However, experts involved in designing SPS systems agree that it will take at least ten years - but more likely decades - to develop SPS's capable of feeding the grid back on earth, as launch costs, unclear economic viability, and limited research funding slow the development of this potentially ground-changing energy technology."

Do Budget Cuts Mean an End to Flagship Programs?, Space Quarterly Magazine by Marcia S. Smith

The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

"The Obama Administration's decision to cut NASA's planetary exploration budget for FY2013 and beyond generated howls of protest. The action forced the United States to shelve planned cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) on two Mars probes in 2016 and 2018 that were the beginning of a string of missions to fulfill the holy grail of Mars scientists - returning a sample of Mars to Earth for analysis."

SpaceRef Space Quarterly Magazine June Issue Released, Space Quarterly

"The latest edition of Space Quarterly magazine is now available. Highlights of our U.S. edition include a look at the Democratic and Republican space polices leading up to the election along with what budget cuts mean for NASA's flagship programs. We also get an update on European space policy and French and U.K. space programs along with other emerging European space programs. "

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Making the Case for Human Missions to Asteroids, Space Quarterly

Marc's note: The following article is a free sample from the current issue of Space Quarterly Magazine. It is our hope that if you enjoy this article you will consider subscribing to the magazine.

"By Jeff Foust

When President George W. Bush unveiled the Vision for Space Exploration in January 2004, he outlined a series of destinations for human exploration: a return to the Moon by 2020, followed by expeditions at later, unspecified dates "to Mars and to worlds beyond". This "Moon, Mars, and beyond" concept made logical sense as a set of stepping stones for human expansion into the solar system, even if the "beyond" part was vague in terms of specific destinations and timetables."

Future Lunar Bases - Space Quarterly Magazine PreviewThe following excerpt is a free preview from the March issue of Space Quarterly magazine. This article is only available in the U.S. edition of the magazine.

Future Lunar Bases, Why, Where, and How By Dennis Wingo

Lunar bases and their location is a subject that has been discussed and argued about for decades, without any real consensus, because each interest group is driven to a different area. Some think little of the Moon and see it as nothing more than a distraction on the way to Mars. The thesis of this article is that not only is the Moon vitally important for developing a sustainable infrastructure to support the eventual settlement of Mars, it is vitally important for the overall future of mankind and for the economic development of the solar system. It is far beyond time for our community to make this intellectual commitment and then develop our thoughts and plans from there. In order for mankind to prosper on the Earth in the long term, the resources of our solar system, beginning at the Moon, are crucial, and it is time to quit apologizing for this stance. To provide structure three general regions of interest will be discussed, based upon utility, cost, and long-term viability.

Col. Coyote SmithThe following interview excerpt with Colonel Coyote Smith, USAF, is a free preview from the March issue of Space Quarterly magazine. This interview is only available in the U.S. edition of the magazine.

An Interview with Coyote Smith - By Emmet Cole

Colonel M.V. "Coyote" Smith, the United States Air Force's (USAF) "chief futurist" and Director of the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology (Project Blue Horizons) at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL recently sat down with Space Quarterly's Emmet Cole to talk about everything from the rise of the Chinese space program through the commercialization of space, the singularity and robotically-constructed lunar bases. Colonel Smith also serves as Professor of Strategic Space Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and as associate director of the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the USAF Academy.

Next Issue of Space Quarterly Magazine Set to be Released, SpaceRef

"The latest edition of Space Quarterly magazine will be available March 1. This issue is our biggest effort to date with 17 articles, 84 pages, covering a wide range of topics including a focus on military space and the moon."

Marc's note: The covers for both the U.S. and Canadian editions are available. Can you spot the one graphical element in each cover that's different? And can you identify it? Subscribe here.

December Issue of Space Quarterly AvailableDecember 2011, Volume 1, Number 2, U.S. Edition, Space Quarterly

(Preview the cover)

The latest edition of Space Quarterly is available! In this issue we're focusing primarily on space policy and the Space Launch System with a few budget and commercial pieces in between.

U.S. Space Policy is examined by well known space policy analyst Marcia Smith who delves into the nuances and politics of current policy. We also get an update on Japan's space policy, insight into India's burgeoning space program and analysis of China's mindset.

The Space Launch System is NASA's next big program. Mandated by Congress, ignored and then reluctantly given the green light by the White House, Eric Sterner provides political context on the program. Dennis Wingo then provides technical context on the Space Launch System, comparing it to the Saturn V, and analyzing design and mission requirements.

Space Quarterly MagazineThe following is an excerpt from an article that appears in the next issue of Space Quarterly Magazine to be released on December 1. Following the excerpt is the table of contents for both the U.S. and Canadian editions.

Where is U.S. Space Policy Headed? By Marcia S. Smith

President Obama released his National Space Policy (NSP) in June 2010. Although it made few national headlines, it was big news for the space community.

Space Quarterly MagazineSpace Quarterly Magazine Volume 1, Number 1 Content, SpaceRef

The first issue of Space Quarterly is scheduled to be released on September 1. Here is what will be in the first ever issue:

U.S. Edition

  • - Editorial
  • - An Interview with Jeff Greason CEO of XCOR Aerospace
  • - The Philosophy of Lunar Commercialization and Economic Development
  • - SpaceX - Vision vs the Market
  • - CCDev2 Update - Program Status
  • - CCDev2 Update - Boeing CST-100 Crew Capsule Progressing Swiftly
  • - CCDev2 Update - CCDev2 Provides Rare Insight into Blue Origin Development
  • - CCDev2 Update - SpaceX Dragon Rider
  • - CCDev2 Update - Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser - What's Old is New Again

Marc's Note: Here's a little sneak peak of the interview in the first issue of Space Quarterly with XCOR Aerospace CEO Jeff Greason:

Question: XCOR Aerospace, at 11 years old, is one of the first NewSpace companies and perhaps one of the longest survivors in this very challenging, emerging industry. How has your vision of the future and XCOR's role in it changed since you started the company?


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