Scotland increasingly sees its future in orbit, with the Scottish Parliament planning to more than double its space workforce to 20,000 workers by 2030.
With expertise in small satellites and coastal launch facilities under construction, Scotland aims to capture nearly $5 billion of the global space economy by 2030. It’s a rapid transformation for a country within the United Kingdom that had virtually no space firms 20 years ago and now boasts more than 8,000 space workers.
As the pace of small satellite development and global launches continues to accelerate, nations around the world are developing spaceport policies and courting launch providers and other space industries with the intent of expanding their access space.
The list of launch vehicles set for maiden flights in 2023 may sound familiar. It’s mostly the same group of launch vehicles initially slated to fly in 2022.
Total government space spending in 2021 reached $107 billion, a 19% increase from 2020, based on Space Foundation analysis. Space Foundation examined government space spending of 46 nations, including 14 nations new to the analysis this year.