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Space Foundation

Space Foundation is an American nonprofit organization that advocates for all sectors of the global space industry through space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation vision is to inspire, educate and advocate on behalf of the global space community. Located in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation's headquarters houses Space Foundation team offices, the Ackerman Conference Center and the Space Foundation Discovery Center, which comprises the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere, the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center; the Space Foundation has an office in Washington, D. C. and representatives in Texas and Florida. The Space Foundation delivers PreK-20 student programs in laboratory and after-school settings. Programs include STEM, social studies, the arts and literature and are available to individual classes, school districts and private school and universities offering education curriculum and homeschool organizations.

Programs include: Classes for students of all ages, including Sphere courses featuring Science On a Sphere, AGI Space Missions Simulator courses, Mars Yard Robotics courses and STARS in-class and after-school programs Educator professional development programs, including Space Across the Curriculum courses, pre-service teacher courses and the nationally recognized Teacher Liaison program School, youth group and community programs, including Audience with an Astronaut, career awareness and workforce development programs, tours of space exhibits and the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest Resources, including downloadable lesson plans, Space Across the Curriculum scholarships, a NASA Educator Resources Center, the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, online tools and programs and The Space Report The Space Foundation Discovery Center is a space and technology attraction housed in the Space Foundation Headquarters. The Space Foundation annually hosts the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. at The Broadmoor Hotel.

The Space Symposium features presentations and panels that provide insight into space developments and the latest on critical industry issues. The exhibit center showcases cutting-edge space technology and has programs for young space professionals, the cyber community and educators and students. Several awards are presented each year at the Space Symposium recognizing achievements in various space arenas; the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Space Foundation, it is presented annually at a special luncheon held during the Space Symposium. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through the exploration and use of space, or the use of space technology, themes or resources in academic, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. Nominations are solicited throughout the space industry worldwide, with the Space Foundation's Board of Directors selecting the honoree.

Recipients of the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award include: The Space Foundation, in conjunction with the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration annually presents the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award to recognize outstanding contributions to creative and innovative use of technology in education by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel. Winners of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award include: The Space Foundation annually presents the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award in memory of the late Douglas S. Morrow, renowned Academy Award-winning writer and producer, space advocate and former Space Foundation Board Member, to an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to the public awareness and understanding of space programs. Winners of the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award include: The Space Foundation's Space Achievement Award recognizes individuals or organizations for space achievement, breakthrough space technology or program or product success representing critical milestones in the evolution of space exploration and development.

Winners of the Space Achievement Award include: The John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr. Award for Space Exploration recognizes extraordinary accomplishment by a company, space agency or consortium of organizations in the realm of space exploration and discovery; the award honors the memory of astronaut John L.'Jack' Swigert, Jr. one of the inspirations for creating the Space Foundation. Winners of the John L. Jack Swigert, Jr. Award for Space Exploration include: The Space Technology Hall of Fame was created in 1988 by the Space Foundation with cooperation from NASA and is administered by the Space Foundation; the foundation annually honors groups and individuals that, according to the organization, "transform technology developed for space exploration into products that help improve the quality of life here on Earth". Since 1988, it has been inducting dozens of technologies and honoring hundreds of organizations and individuals that transform technology developed for space exploration into products that help improve the quality of life on Earth.

Induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame affords space technology innovators deserved recognition. It serves to increase public awareness of the benefits of space technology and encourage further innovation. Space Foundation - Home page Space Foundation on Facebook

News analytics

News analysis refers to the measurement of the various qualitative and quantitative attributes of textual news stories. Some of these attributes are: sentiment and novelty. Expressing news stories as numbers and metadata permits the manipulation of everyday information in a mathematical and statistical way; this data is used in financial markets as part of a trading strategy or by businesses to judge market sentiment and make better business decisions. News analytics are derived through automated text analysis and applied to digital texts using elements from natural language processing and machine learning such as latent semantic analysis, support vector machines, "bag of words" among other techniques; the application of sophisticated linguistic analysis to news and social media has grown from an area of research to mature product solutions since 2007. News analytics and news sentiment calculations are now used by both buy-side and sell side in alpha generation, trading execution, risk management, market surveillance and compliance.

There is however a good deal of variation in the quality and completeness of available solutions. A large number of companies use news analysis to help them make better business decisions. Academic researchers have become interested in news analysis with regards to predicting stock price movements and traded volume. Provided a set of values such as sentiment and relevance as well as the frequency of news arrivals, it is possible to construct news sentiment scores for multiple asset classes such as equities, fixed income, commodities. Sentiment scores can be constructed at various horizons to meet the different needs and objectives of high and low frequency trading strategies, whilst characteristics such as direction and volatility of asset returns as well as the traded volume may be addressed more directly via the construction of tailor-made sentiment scores. Scores are constructed as a range of values. For instance, values may range between 0 and 100, where values above and below 50 convey positive and negative sentiment, respectively.

Based on such sentiment scores, it should be possible to generate a set of strategies useful for instance within investing and order execution. The objective of absolute return strategies is absolute returns regardless of the direction of the financial market. To meet this objective, such strategies involve opportunistic long and short positions in selected instruments with zero or limited market exposure. In statistical terms, absolute return strategies should have low correlation with the market return. Hedge funds tend to employ absolute return strategies. Below, a few examples show how news analysis can be applied in the absolute return strategy space with the purpose to identify alpha opportunities applying a market neutral strategy or based on volatility trading. Example 1 Scenario: The gap between the news sentiment scores for direction, S, of Company X and Market Y has moved beyond + 20; that is, S X − S Y ≥ 20. Action: Buy the stock on Company X and short the future on Market Y. Exit Strategy: When the gap in the news sentiment scores for direction of Company X and Market Y has disappeared, S X − S Y = 0, sell the stock on Company X and go long the future on Market Y to close the positions.

Example 2 Scenario: The news sentiment score for volatility of Company X goes above 70 out of 100 indicating an expected volatility above the option implied volatility. Action: Buy a short-dated straddle on the stock of Company X. Exit Strategy: Keep the straddle on Company X until expiry or until a certain profit target has been reached; the objective of relative return strategies is to either replicate or outperform a theoretical passive reference portfolio or benchmark. To meet these objectives such strategies involve long positions in selected instruments. In statistical terms, relative return strategies have high correlation with the market return. Mutual funds tend to employ relative return strategies. Below, a few examples show how news analysis can be applied in the relative return strategy space with the purpose to outperform the market applying a stock picking strategy and by making tactical tilts to ones asset allocation model. Example 1 Scenario: The news sentiment score for direction of Company X goes above 70 out of 100.

Action: Buy the stock on Company X. Exit Strategy: When the news sentiment score for direction of Company X falls below 60, sell the stock on Company X to close the position. Example 2 Scenario: The news sentiment score for direction of Sector Z goes above 70 ou