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.




India has one of the world’s most ambitious space programmes, aiming to develop independent strategic capabilities, high technologies and a skilled Indian workforce. In 2010, the budget estimate of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) reached a high of 57.78 billion Indian rupees (INR) (USD 1.24 billion), a 38% increase over 2009 (Figure 22.1). This rapid progression is in line with the fiveyear plan for the Indian space programme, which is expected to total INR 220 billion (USD 4.7 billion) over the 2007-12 period (Figure 22.2)...


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