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.



China launched its first satellite in 1970 and has become a full blown space power, involved in every type of space activities (i.e. satellites and launchers manufacturing, spaceports, dedicated science and applications programmes, human spaceflight, military space). In 2010, China launched fifteen rockets carrying satellites to orbit, the same number as the United States. Although very difficult to estimate, the space budget for 2010 could represent some USD 6.5 billion, based on ongoing large-scale R&D programmes and extensive infrastructure development (e.g. a fourth Chinese launch site is under construction, the Chang’e 2 satellite is to orbit the Moon in late 2011, and a space station is under development, with a first module to be placed in orbit over the next two years). There were some 40 Chinese companies involved in spacecraft manufacturing in 2009, including joint ventures, commercial and state-owned enterprises...


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