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.



Civilian space R&D programmes budgets

Institutional budgets are critical in starting-up and developing capital-intensive and high technology sectors such as space. Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays for R&D (GBAORD) data are assembled by national authorities analysing their budget for R&D content and classifying them by socio-economic objective. These diverse objectives represent the intention of the government at the time of funding commitment, and a special category exploration and exploitation of space exists. Although the data provide only a partial picture of space investments (see note below), the long-term time-series provide useful trends on policy orientations.



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