Science, technology and innovation policy

The Space Economy in Figures

How Space Contributes to the Global Economy

Published on July 05, 2019

The space economy is expanding and becoming increasingly global, driven by the development of ever-more governmental space programmes around the world, the multiplication of commercial actors in value chains, durable digitalisation trends, and new space systems coming of age. This report describes these emerging trends using new and internationally comparable data and indicators. It highlights the growing importance of space activities for the economy, for developing country strategies (based on original official development assistance statistics), for the pursuit of knowledge and scientific discoveries, and for society in general. To get the most out of space investments and promote sustained socio-economic growth, this report provides some recommendations to countries in building up their statistical evidence on space actors and activities.


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Executive Summary
The ongoing transformation of the global space sector
The socio-economic impacts of space investments
Remedying the gender gap in a dynamic space sector
Digital (r)evolution in manufacturing and in the production of space systems
Space exploration and the pursuit of scientific knowledge
A new satellite communications environment
Bringing space to earth with data-driven activities
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