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Astralytical Announces Opening of New Laboratory for Space Resources

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For Immediate Release

Press Release

Astralytical Announces Opening of New Laboratory for Space Resources

February 21, 2017

 

Astralytical is pleased to announce the opening of its first laboratory for space resources in northern Georgia. Run by Astralytical founder and scientist Laura Forczyk, the lab will focus on understanding and utilizing resources found on planetary bodies such as the Moon, Mars, and asteroids.

“To create a path toward a permanent human presence in space, we need to use the material on other worlds,” Forczyk explained. “We must understand the science of these materials before we can use them to our advantage. The Astralytical lab will examine these space resources so we will know what to expect when we travel to other worlds.”

In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) is the use of materials and resources on-site, and is the foundation of Astralytical's scientific research efforts. “ISRU is the key to affordable and sustained human exploration of other planetary bodies, but has been underappreciated,” according to Forczyk. “The fundamental research at Astralytical will benefit ISRU goals for human space exploration.”

Initial research at Astralytical will focus on the physical properties of regolith, or space soil, containing ice particles. Icy regolith is thought to be foundational for extracting and manufacturing water and fuel outside of Earth. Using planetary regolith simulants, Astralytical will create an analog environment to study worlds beyond Earth. This research will be relevant to human and robotic exploration and exploitation of Earth's Moon, Mars, Martian Moons, asteroids, and other cold, rocky worlds.

“We at Astralytical look forward to contributing to the conversation within the space scientific and engineering community regarding space-based ISRU efforts,” Forczyk added.

 

Astralytical is a research, consulting, and publishing firm founded in 2015 and located outside of Atlanta. We specialize in space-related scientific research, industry and policy analysis, career coaching, and communications. We welcome global clientele for consulting, coaching, project, or ongoing support.

Astralytical Publishes Analysis on 2017 Launch Rate Predictions

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Press Release

Astralytical Publishes Analysis on 2017 Launch Rate Predictions

January 13, 2017

Astralytical announces the release of its report, 2017 Launch Rate Predictions. This report provides a prediction of the 2017 U.S. annual orbital launch rate by launch site and launch service provider.

"Launch manifests are notoriously overly optimistic. Our goal is to more accurately predict the number of launches in a year based on the beginning-of-year hype," states Laura Forczyk, report primary author. "We hope our annual launch rate predictions will more accurately reflect the end-of-year tally."

In addition to reporting the total orbital launches in the United States, the report predicts launch rates for launch sites Cape Canaveral Spaceport, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Wallops Island. The report also predicts launch rates for launch service providers Orbital ATK, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance.

The 2017 Launch Rate Predictions report is available for immediate purchase at astralytical.com.

 

For more information about the topic or to schedule an interview with the publication's primary author Laura Forczyk, contact 321-430-7827 or imagine@astralytical.com.

Astralytical Publishes Analysis on NASA Human Spaceflight History

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Astralytical Publishes Analysis on NASA Human Spaceflight History

March 21, 2016

Astralytical announces the release of its report, NASA Human Spaceflight Evolution 2001 – 2016. This report examines NASA's human spaceflight priorities over the last 15 years, two presidential administrations, and three NASA administrations.

Since 2001, NASA human spaceflight has evolved from the Space Shuttle program and the International Space Station (ISS) assembly to the Constellation Program to the utilization of the ISS and transportation by commercial partners and the Orion and Space Launch System designed to take humans beyond ISS. Since 2001, human space destinations have evolved from low Earth orbit (LEO) to the Moon on the way to Mars to asteroids on the Journey to Mars. A close look at the past can help us to predict and create the future.

In addition to reporting what programs and concepts NASA emphasized over time, the analysis notes the reactions of key members of U.S. Congress to NASA's plans and progress. This report examines 79 Congressional hearings, presidential speeches, and NASA publications to get an accurate snapshot of the priorities and views of the day.

The NASA Human Spaceflight Evolution 2001 – 2016 report is available for immediate purchase at astralytical.com.

 

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For more information about the topic or to schedule an interview with the publication's primary author Laura Forczyk, contact 321-430-7827 or imagine@astralytical.com.