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OECD Space Forum


More than 50 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.

Fact sheets

About the Space Forum

Space technologies and major threats

Space technologies and climate change


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

  • The next IAF Space Economy Technical Committee will meet at the International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, on Oct. 12th 2015, with a dedicated economic session “E 3.3 The space economy: what are the socio-economic impacts?” with 12 papers, to be held on Oct. 14th.

  • The OECD Space Forum will host its annual Steering Group meeting on Oct. 9th. It will be preceded by an expert meeting of the Coordination Group on Meteorological Satellite’s tiger team on socio-economic benefits hosted for the first time by the OECD, on the 7th and by a OECD workshop on “Institutional support for space programme: practices around the world”, on the 8th.

  • The OECD Space Forum has contributed a presentation on innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector at the IAF Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC 2015), held in Munich, 23-24 June 2015.

  • Two ground-breaking OECD workshops on space activities’ taxonomy and the value chains of earth observation were held on 21 and 22 May, hosted respectively by ESA and by CNES in Paris. The findings will be feeding into the future revised OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy. Some twenty countries were represented at both events and the consultation process with the space community and beyond continues.

  • The OECD Space Forum was invited to present recent findings on global value chains in the space sector at the 31st Space Symposium, held at Colorado Springs, USA, in April 2015.

  • The IAF Space Economy Technical Committee met on 24 March in Paris and discussed industrial surveys and new activities. A dozen excellent papers were also selected for the forthcoming annual economic session to be held at the International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem, in October 2015.

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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