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.



Human capital

Human capital is instrumental for the development and sustainability of the space sector. The sector is home to highly skilled professionals, mainly technicians, scientists and engineers. The global space sector employs at least 900 000 persons around the world in 2013, including public administrations with responsibilities for managing space activities and publicly-funded research and development programmes (space agencies, space departments in civil and defence-related organisations), the core space manufacturing industry (building rockets, satellites, ground systems), direct suppliers to this industry and the wider space services sector (mainly commercial satellite telecommunications). Not included in this estimate are other major actors, which play a direct or indirect role in space programmes (e.g. universities, military personnel working on classified programmes). To give orders of magnitude, around 350 000 full-time employees are active in the United States, 200 000 in the Russian Federation, around 60 000 in Europe. A focus on the essential but narrower space manufacturing industry is provided in other indicators (see . Space manufacturing activities).



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