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.



Canada has developed over the years a dynamic space programme, positioning its space industry with comparative advantages in several niche areas, including robotics, satellite communications and satellite radar imagery. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) had a budget of some CAD 344 million in 2009-10 fiscal year, which could decrease over the next four years (Figure 19.1). However, the CSA received in 2010 an additional CAD 397 million over five years to develop, with the industry, the next generation of Canadian advanced radar remote sensing satellites, with the bulk of this spending occurring after 2011 (Treasury Board of Canada, 2010)...


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