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Polar Svalbard Space Agency (PSSA) [WIP]

The Polar Svalbard Space Agency (PSSA) is an independent agency of the Svalbardian government, meaning that it is not directly overseen by one of the Consuls. It is responsible for the exploration of space and the creation and testing of technologies that will help in the pursuit of that goal and help both the Svalbardian people and the government.

PSSA was established in 1970 after seeing the United States land on the moon. It was at that point that the Svalbardian government decided to split off an agency gathering up all the loose departments from around the government and the military that would fit into the PSSA's goal. Public interest in space was at a fever pitch at this point in time. Since its establishment, most Svalbardian space exploration efforts have been led by the PSSA, including [list of things PSSA has done]. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Command Program (LCS) which monitors or approves any launches by the PSSA or any Svalbardian companies such as Arildrion Industries.

The PSSA is closely interlocked with the government and with the military. It conducts launches and satellite operations for both civilian purposes and for military purposes.


Staff and Leadership

The agency's leader, PSSA's Director, is nominated by the Consul Bellum and then has to be approved by the Consul Adstutia although they can defer the approval process to the Senate if they choose. The Senate can also convene a vote to block a nomination if they view that nomination to not be the best choice. Since the PSSA ties closely to the military the director often has close connections to the military and is a direct adviser to the Consuls on all maters relating to space. The current administrator is Matej Jurak, it is noted that he was a good friend of Consul Bellum Klark Zeltargo and criticisms have been brought forward with the fact that he has numerous stakes in Arildrion Industries.

The first director was Brian Kvist (1970-1974), who was appointed by [Consul Bellum] in 1970 when the agency was first brought together. It is noted that he worked hard to bring together much of the separate programs from around the military and other branches of government into the folds of the agency, and that he did well in tying them together.

The second director, Valentinos Pagonis (1974-1980), is considered one of the most important directors to date. He not only expanded the PSSA and its mission, but fought hard for more funding from many branches of government in order to make the PSSA into an important component of the Svalbardian Government. His administration saw a major management restructuring and facility expansion establishing, [list of things] including [important thing]. Along with that his administration saw a number of major achievements including [list of achievements].

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Space Flight Programs

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Military Collaborations

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Economic Impact

The exhaust gases produced by rocket propulsion systems, both in Earth's atmosphere and in space, can adversely effect the Earth's environment. Some hypergolic rocket propellants, such as hydrazine, are highly toxic prior to combustion, but decompose into less toxic compounds after burning. Rockets using hydrocarbon fuels, such as kerosene, release carbon dioxide and soot in their exhaust. However, carbon dioxide emissions are insignificant compared to those from other sources. The exhaust from LOx- and LH2- fueled engines is almost entirely water vapor and ion engines use harmless noble gases like xenon for propulsion.

Since the early 1990s, with the expansion of the PSSA's research into climate change, PSSA has attempted to lessen its environmental impact. Many facilities use on site renewable energy sources and the agency has a commitment to trying to reduce its carbon footprint and towards limiting its waste output. In 2019 the PSSA is considered the government's most environmental friendly agency in terms of what it's doing to limit its own impact, so much so that it actually beats out the Agency for Environmental Oversight (AEO). This is a subject of many a comedian's jokes.


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Examples of Missions by Target

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