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RAND was an early leader in the field of space science, producing seminal works in the design, launch, and operation of satellites in the 1940s and '50s. RAND continues to pursue space studies: Current topics include international cooperation (and the United States' dependency on foreign components), orbital debris (or "space junk"), and the funding of space missions.

  • Technicians assemble a small satellite

    Report

    Past Problems and Future Challenges in the Acquisition of Military Space Systems

    Mar 15, 2015

    As Department of Defense plans for the next-generation space systems in an increasingly challenging fiscal and security environment, it is important to apply lessons learned from past space acquisition, which had experienced many difficulties.

  • Three tiny satellites photographed by an Expedition 33 crew member on the International Space Station, October 4, 2012, photo by NASA

    Commentary

    Space Safety Coordination: A Norm for All Nations

    Apr 16, 2019

    As space becomes more congested with satellites, the need for every nation to actively participate in the space safety coordination system grows. Most spacefaring countries participate, but a few countries do not—notably, Russia and China. That creates greater potential for collisions and hazards from debris.

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    Brian Dolan

    Associate Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati; B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, SUNY Buffalo

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    Mel Eisman

    Senior Operations Research/Cost Analyst
    Education M.S.I.E. in operations research, Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in industrial engineering, State University of New York

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    Moon Kim

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in international science and technology policy, George Washington University; B.S. in finance and economics, University of Maryland, College Park

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    Yool Kim

    Senior Engineer; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Richard Mason

    Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, California Institute of Technology; A.B. in physics, Harvard University

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    George Nacouzi

    Senior Engineer; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in aero/astro engineering, CSU Poly (Pomona); M.S. in aerospace engineering, UCLA; Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, UCI

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    Nicholas A. O'Donoughue

    Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. in electrical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in computer engineering, Villanova University

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    Jan Osburg

    Senior Engineer; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, University of Stuttgart; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

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    Adrienne M. Propp

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.Sc. in mathematical modeling & scientific computing, University of Oxford; B.A. in applied mathematics, Harvard College

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    Éder Sousa

    Aerospace Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aero/astro engineering, University of Washington; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ; B.S. in aerospace engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ

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    Colby Peyton Steiner

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in physical chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

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    Jonathan Tran

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.S. in aerospace engineering, University of California Los Angeles; B.S. in physics, California Polytechnic State University Pomona

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    Cortney Weinbaum

    Senior Management Scientist
    Education B.S. in physics, University of Michigan

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    Emmi Yonekura

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education B.S. in applied mathematics, Columbia University; Ph.D. in atmospheric science, Columbia University

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    Michelle D. Ziegler

    Technical Analyst
    Education B.S. in astronomy/physics, University of Hawaii; M.S. in astronomy/physics, James Cook University