The Space Economy at a Glance 2014

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The space sector plays an increasingly pivotal role in the functioning of modern societies and their economic development as the use of satellite technology gives rise to new applications, uses and markets. Space Economy at a Glance offers a statistical overview of the global space sector and its contributions to economic activity using data from over 40 countries with space programmes, and identifies new dynamics in the space sector.




Canada’s history in space goes back to the 1960s when it was the third country to send an artificial satellite into space (Alouette 1). Canada has over the years developed a dynamic space programme, positioning its space industry in several niche areas, including robotics, satellite communications and satellite radar imagery. Canadian space policy has been the subject of review during the last couple of years, with the publication of the Aerospace Review at the end of 2012, and the launch of the new space policy framework in February 2014. The new policy puts a strong emphasis on space applications to support national interests and also envisages increased private sector participation in space and an increased commercialisation of Canadian space activities. There will also be a continued emphasis on international collaboration and R&D.



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