International futures programme

OECD Space Forum


More than 60 countries have satellites in orbit, and satellite signals and data play an increasingly pivotal role in the efficient functioning of societies and their economic development. In co-operation with the space community, the OECD Space Forum was established to assist governments, space-related agencies and the private sector to better identify the statistical contours of the space sector, while investigating space infrastructure’s economic significance, its role in innovation and potential impacts for the larger economy. This unique international platform contributes to constructive dialogue between stakeholders and exchanges of best practices.


About the Space Forum

Space technologies and major threats

Space technologies and climate change

In 2017, The Space Forum Secretariat carries on its core missions: economic research, updating databases and indicators (with further work on innovation indicators, and downstream sector mapping in co-ordination with members), and continuing studies on evaluation and impact assessment by producing dedicated OECD working papers. Two new particular lines of research are launched in 2017: more research on space technology transfers (definitions, indicators, evaluation) and research on the LEO economy, examining the economic rationales and policies that can support -or not- the development of the low-Earth orbit (LEO) economy. The OECD Space Forum will also contribute substance to a large-scale OECD-wide horizontal project on the Digitalisation of the Economy. 

Space and the economy

Space Economy at a Glance 2014

The number of countries and companies investing in space technologies and their downstream applications continues to grow as described in detail in The Space Economy at a Glance.

Summaries available in 24 languages.

A symposium on The Economic Impacts of Space Technologies was held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 23 October 2014.  It highlighted some of the key results from ongoing OECD work on the economic dimensions of space research and development, including findings on the space sector’s global value chains and a review of innovation dynamics that may revolutionise the sector. Opening remarks by OECD Secretary-General William Danvers summarised the main findings. Highlights from the event were posted on Twitter: #OECDspace

News and events

 Selected Meetings:

  • 21 June 2017 (CNES, Paris): Joint Seminar with the SATTO Group (Space Agency Technology Transfer Officers Group) –Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (TTC) from Space Programmes : Enabling Conditions, Processes and Economic Impacts

  • 22-23 June 2017 (OECD, Paris): Workshop - Economic and Innovation Indicators in the Space Economy

  • 26 October 2017 (OECD, Paris): Workshop - Satellite data and the digitalisation of the economy.

  • 27 October 2017 (OECD, Paris): Annual meeting of the Space Forum Steering Group

  • Date and location TBD (North America or Europe), International workshop on the LEO economy

  • Meetings with national administrations, agencies and industry associations conducted throughout the year 



For updated news and events, visit the OECD Space Forum IPP.



Past news and events



OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution

OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy 2012

Space Technologies and Climate Change | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution

Space Technologies and Climate Change: Implications for Water Management, Marine Resources and Maritime Transport

Space 2030 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution

Space 2030: Tackling Society's Challenges

Space 2030 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management Solution

Space 2030: Exploring the Future of Space Applications


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