Space and Innovation

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After decades of innovation, satellites now play a discrete but pivotal role in the efficient functioning of modern societies and their economic development. This publication provides the findings from a OECD Space Forum project on the state of innovation in the space sector, with a view to examine how space innovation may impact the larger economy. New analysis and indicators contribute to answering some of the following questions: is the space sector still a driver for innovation in the 21st century? What are the determinants for an innovative space sector? And what are the policy responses to encourage and harness better space-related innovation?



Institutions and policies conducive to space innovation

Setting up the right environment for innovation is a constant challenge for policy makers. For the space sector, the determinants for innovation include the availability of a skilled workforce within the organisations that perform innovation and adequate access to financing. Another increasingly important factor concerns “linkages”, which are taking the shape of clusters and networks, facilitating technology transfer and broader innovation diffusion.


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