Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
Space technology transfers and their commercialisation
This paper examines space technology transfers and their commercialisation, focussing
on transfers from publicly funded space programmes to different sectors of the economy.
It notably compares practices from Europe, North America and Asia for the first time.
It identifies the conditions for enabling successful space technology transfers, as
well as the most common channels for commercialisation. The paper also reviews methodological
issues in measuring and assessing the benefits of transfers, and provides recommendations
to develop improved and internationally comparable evidence. The analysis benefits
from original content and endorsement from some of the most active space agencies
in OECD countries and beyond.