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,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