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.




Switzerland has been active in European space activities since the early 1960s. It was a founding member of the European Space Agency (ESA) and co-chairs the ESA Council at ministerial level since 2012. The country takes a wide-ranging interest in space, while specialising in specific segments. Having longstanding capacities in space science, it has been a supporter of European launcher programmes from the beginning and has developed industry capabilities in this sector. Over time Switzerland has built up capacities in exploration and exploitation of space infrastructure, where applications and services are becoming increasingly important. Switzerland is also one of 10 countries supporting the European Southern Observatory (ESO) which operates two major observatories in Chile. The Swiss Space Office (SSO) is the administrative unit responsible for planning and implementing Swiss space policy, as defined by the Federal Council. It is under the direct authority of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.



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