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.



Norway has been steadily developing its own space programme since setting up the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) in 1987. Based on its geography and its specific national requirements, Norway is successfully pursuing several niche markets in the space sector (e.g. satellite telecommunication applications for its merchant fleet, oil and natural gas installations and the Svalbard archipelago; radar satellite services for monitoring Norwegian waters and automatic ship identification (AIS) to identify vessels at sea). The Norwegian space budget for 2009 is estimated at NOK 791 million (USD 125 million), with 46% going to the European Space Agency (NSC, 2010a)...


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