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.




Italy has a long history of space exploration and was the third country in the world to launch and operate a satellite in orbit in 1964 (San Marco 1). It was also a founding member of the European Space Agency, to which it is today third biggest contributor, after Germany and France. Italy is actively involved in all domains of space applications and exploration, both at the national and international level, and has an important space manufacturing industrial base as well as a mature downstream sector providing services.



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