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.



Placed under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Department of Defense, the French space agency (Centrex national d’études spatiales – CNES) had a budget of EUR 1.97 billion in 2010 (of which EUR 685 million earmarked for the European Space Agency). France is the first financial contributor to the European Space Agency, followed by Germany and Italy. The 2010-15 accord signed in late 2010 by the French government and the French space agency provides for an additional EUR 15 million grant to CNES national programme (called “multilateral”, because it often involves international partners). In 2011, CNES also manages EUR 500 million in French public bonds in order to stimulate research and future economic growth, via investments in the next generation of European launcher and innovative satellites...


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