In 2006, the OECD launched the OECD Space Forum in co-operation with the space community. The Forum aims to assist governments, space-related agencies and the private sector to better identify the statistical contours of the growing space sector worldwide, while investigating the space infrastructure’s economic significance and potential impacts for the larger economy. For more information, download the OECD Space Forum factsheet.
Space and the economy
The OECD is examining the contributions of space activities in the global economy. To learn more, read the brochure on the Space Forum’s flagship publication The Space Economy at a Glance. Read more. The OECD Space Forum will hold a symposium at OECD Headquarters in Paris on 23 October 2014 to highlight on-going OECD work on the economic dimensions of space research and development. The new report “The Space Economy at a Glance 2014” will be launched during the event.
News and events
- A OECD workshop on global value chains in the space sector will take place in Washington DC, on 14 March 2014, co-organised with NASA. This is a follow-up workshop to the one organized in OECD, Paris in October.
- The OECD Space Forum was invited to contribute a presentation on 3 December 2014 to a high level space conference in the presence of Members of the French Parliament, industry and other dignitaries. (“L'espace, des services quotidiens et des retombées méconnues”)
- The OECD Space Forum Steering Group met in Paris at OECD Headquarters on 11 October 2013, to review work conducted, and to discuss, plan, shape and prioritise activities for 2014-15. It was preceded by a workshop on “Global value chains in the space sector” with European, Japanese and Korean industry representatives on 10 October.
- The OECD Space Forum Secretariat was invited to provide a briefing at the 5th International Meeting for Members of Parliaments on Sunday 22 September 2013 in Beijing, China in conjunction with the 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The topic of the fifth meeting for Members of Parliaments is “Benefits of Space Technology for Economic Growth and Competitiveness of Industry”. During the Congress, the largest annual gathering of the global space community, the Secretariat chaired the IAC E.3.3 Session “Industrial Policies as Drivers of the Space Economy”, and the “International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Space Economy Technical Committee meeting”.
- As China’s economic importance on the world’s stage is growing, so is its space programme. See more in this OECD Observer article: China's space wave.
- The OECD Space Forum has contributed a synthesis chapter to the newly released Space Security Index 2013 report . The chapter provides an overview of the impacts that trends in space activities are having on the security and sustainability of major orbits, with a number of indicators. As a stable space infrastructure is becoming essential to serve our societies’ needs, further international coordination efforts are needed to improve the long-term sustainability of the main orbits that are already used extensively today.
The OECD Space Forum was invited to present the Forum’s activities on impacts assessments of space applications, and be part of a panel at a European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) workshop on the socio-economic benefits of Earth Observation and geospatial data, in Florence, Italy (June 23-24).The presentation provided some pointers on space applications’ impact assessments, with a view to encourage better evidence-based information to decision-makers and citizens on benefits (and limitations) of space applications.
- An OECD Space Forum workshop on "Assessing the state of the space industry and its economic impacts: Methods and results from selected OECD countries”, on 21 March 2013, aims to take stock of the current state of play in developing and producing statistics on the space sector, and review on-going practices in measuring the impacts of space investments. Representatives of ministries, space agencies, official statistics producers, as well as industry associations will participate.