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.




Norway has been active in space for the last 50 years, driven in the beginning by solar research and sounding rocket activities on the launch facility of Andøya, an island in northern Norway. In the last decades, the country’s geographic situation combined with low population density and strong maritime interests have made space applications particularly relevant. The proximity to the North Pole also makes it an important location for ground stations for polar-orbiting satellites. In 2013, the Norwegian government expressed a series of priorities and goals in a White Paper reviewing the national space policy for the first time in almost 30 years (Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, 2013). The importance of space for economic growth and meeting societal needs was underlined.



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