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?



New trends in space innovation

Known for its high technology dimensions, the space sector can be at times a conservative sector. But it is also currently experiencing a profound transformation driven by innovation both from within and from outside the space domain. This chapter reviews the main innovation characteristics of the space sector, the main drivers for space innovation, then provides policy responses to better monitor and encourage space innovation.


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