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.



Space manufacturing activities

Many economies have developed industrial capacities in space manufacturing. This implies industries involved in one or several high-technology value chains ranging from basic research and development, to manufacturing a satellite, its components, launch capabilities, and developing the associated ground-segment to operate these systems. Space manufacturing remains in 2014 a highly specialised high-tech industry, relatively small in size but with highly-qualified human resources. Employment may decrease over the next two years in different parts of the world (Europe, United States, Russian Federation) as several major manufacturers are restructuring their space business after mergers and putting in place vertical integration of their activities.


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