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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.

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Foreword

The Space Economy at a Glance (2011) provides a statistical overview of the global space sector and its contributions to economic activity. This publication is an updated, more comprehensive version of The Space Economy at a Glance (2007), the first-ever OECD statistical overview of the emerging space economy. The new edition provides not only recent indicators and statistics based on both official and private data, but also a strategic outlook that identifies key issues for the future. The figures cover many countries, and, for first the time, include various official statistics concerning the Indian and Chinese space programmes.

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