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.




Germany is a major actor in the European space sector, as the largest funder to the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2013, as well as an important location for space manufacturing. Germany’s space policy focuses on the sustainable use of space for the benefit and needs of the population (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, 2010). The latest government space strategy was published in 2010 and identified ten priorities: expanding strategic space expertise; sustainably reinforcing Germany’s position in space research; tapping new markets and establishing a unified legal framework; using space for purposes of whole-of-government security preparedness; shaping the distribution of roles in the European space sector; defining German and European roles in exploration; securing technological independence; retaining human spaceflight; maintaining the Moon as a target for exploration; and ensuring the sustainability of space activities (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, 2010).



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