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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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The satellite earth observation sector

Earth observation represents one of the earliest uses of space technologies. It allows the measurements from orbit of a very wide range of geophysical parameters, spanning the whole spectrum of the environment, including the atmosphere, land, oceans, ice and snow. The number of remote sensing satellites had been increasing as countries around the world seek to develop autonomous capabilities. Actors-wise, the United States, Europe, China and India are all important operators of satellite remote sensing fleets (Table 6.2). Out of the 109 operational earth observation missions managed by civilian space agencies, fifty are dedicated to gathering multi-purpose land imagery (CEOS, 2010)...

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