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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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Space exploration activities

Space exploration is a key driver for investments in innovation and science, and it constitutes an intensive activity for space agencies and industry. Space sciences and planetary missions have developed markedly over the years, with new actors joining in, although no country can today launch a major exploration mission alone, because of the costs involved and since the supply chains for systems and components have become so internationalised (see ). Another factor for co-operation is the need for deep space monitoring systems, based on international arrays of giant radio antennas installed in different countries (e.g. Australia, Chile, United States, South Africa), to keep communication links with interplanetary spacecraft missions.

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