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-related patents

Patenting in the space sector is not as common as in other sectors, as commercial discretion and institutional confidentiality are often still priorities for some space systems. There are only a few hundreds patents a year. Still, the number of space-related patents has almost quadrupled in 20 years, as revealed by the applications filed under the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT). The space application areas (i.e. satellite navigation, earth observation, telecommunications) have also gained in importance in a decade.



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