The Space Economy at a Glance 2011

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Space applications have become an important part of everyday life. Weather forecasting, air traffic control, global communications and broadcasting, disaster management -- these and many other key activities would be almost unthinkable today without satellite technology. The space industry itself is relatively small compared to other manufacturing sectors, but its technological dynamism and strategic significance mean that it plays an ever more critical role in modern society. 

This book assembles information on the space economy from a wide range of official and non-official sources. Together these paint a richly detailed picture of the space industry, its downstream services activities, and its wider economic and social impacts. Who are the main space-faring nations? How large are revenues and how much employment is there in the sector? How much R&D goes on, and where? What is the value of spin-offs from space spending? Answers to these and other questions are provided in this second OECD statistical overview of the emerging space economy.

A dynamic link (StatLink) is provided for graphs, which directs the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel® format.




Brazil’s space programme covers the entire range of space technologies and applications. The Brazilian space agency (Agência Espacial Brasileira, AEB) is the largest space organisation in Latin America, with a budget of BRL 352 million in 2010 (around USD 210 million). In co-ordination with AEB, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) designs half of Brazilian satellite subsystems and contracts them to the industry. It is estimated that some 3 400 people work directly for the Brazilian space programme, either in governmental agencies or industry (AEB, 2010). Brazil owns ten satellites, the majority procured for telecommunications. In addition to meteorology, some of its satellites are dedicated to land remote sensing, and have been designed and built in co-operation with China. The China – Brazil Earth Resources Satellites (CBERS) programme so far includes a family of five remote-sensing satellites (2 operational in 2010) built jointly by Brazil and China. CBERS-3 should be launched in 2011 and CBERS-4 in 2014. The Brazilian participation in the programme amounts to a total cost of USD 500 million, with 60% of investment taking the form of industrial contracts...


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