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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.

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France

France became the third country to place a satellite in orbit independently in 1965 (Asterix). Ever since, it has been a driving force behind autonomous European access to space, with the development of the Ariane launchers and continuing support for the European spaceport in French Guyana. In 2013, France had the largest national space budget in Europe and was the second biggest contributor to the European Space Agency, with major aerospace production sites located throughout the country.

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