Despite the long shadow of government budgetary uncertainty, the global space industry remains as dynamic as ever, in part because it has to adapt to its new environment.

Cost-saving initiatives like cubesats and hosted payloads are beginning to make their mark, particularly in the United States, while new and unconventional funding sources are being mined. The British government, meanwhile, is bucking the overall trend by dramatically increasing spending on space activities.

Among the commercial satellite operators, meanwhile, Eutelsat has leaped into the consolidation game, transforming itself from a regional to a global player in the process.

In this latest installment of its annual Making a Difference feature, SpaceNews recognizes a small sampling of the people, programs and institutions that are changing the face of the industry.

— Warren Ferster, editor

Making a Difference | U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Making a Difference | The Planetary Society

Making a Difference | Michel de Rosen, Chairman and chief executive, Eutelsat

Making a Difference | Frank Kendall, U.S. undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics

Making a Difference | Jeff Manber and Garrett Lee Skrobot

Making a Difference | David Willetts, U.K. Science Minister

Making a Difference | Crowdfunding

Warren Ferster is the Editor-in-Chief of SpaceNews and is responsible for all the news and editorial coverage in the weekly newspaper, the Web site and variety of specialty publications such as show dailies. He manages a staff of seven reporters...