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How much is LEO worth?

I've seen valuations of the space industry at ~$350bn annually. How much of this is coming from LEO vs MEO/GEO?
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Can one put small items in orbit, cheaply?

If the cost of putting objects in orbit is about 3000USD per kg, can I put a 10g object in LEO for 30USD? What about geosynchronous orbit? Possible scenarios would be, for example, if one wants to ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of NASA contractors with a list of projects that they are assigned to do?

Knowing that contracts come and go over time, where can I find a list of current companies who have contracts with NASA to either do research or build stuff for them? My goal is to get an overall ...
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Why have no reusable launch technologies been developed?

So we had the shuttle, and they obviously reused it many times, but it always needed new rockets to get it out of Earth's atmosphere. Why is it so difficult to create a spacecraft that is entirely ...
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How much of a commercial space launch can be insured?

When Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded at Wallops Island just six seconds after launch, the loss of the rocket and spacecraft was estimated at more than $200 million, not including damage to ...
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Do chemical engineers play a significant role in space exploration?

I am going to be beginning a degree in chemical engineering next year and also have a significant interest in space travel. I was wondering how much of a role chemical engineers play in space ...
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“Lunar vacuum cleaner”: Design considerations for regolith dust suction system in exospheric conditions

Background: While watching SSERVI Director’s Seminar Series: RIS4E (Science and Exploration of the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, the Moons of Mars enabled by the Remote In Situ and Synchrotron Studies ...
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How many people does ISRO employ?

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is the space program of the Republic of India. How many people are employed by ISRO?
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How many people work in the Chinese space program?

Yes, I know it's a hard question considering the tight interaction between military and "civilian" space programs and the Great Wall, but it is really interesting to know the scale of the "enterprise"....
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What resources could be gained from asteroid mining that would be worth the effort?

Obviously asteroids are abundant in many of the raw materials we use today, but considering the (presumably) large expense involved in mining from asteroids it may not be worthwhile to mine some ...