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2014 – Additional Country Space Budgets

Around the globe, many smaller nations—whether in terms of economy or population size—are investing in space projects or programs. The exhibit below shows the most recent available annual budget for civil space activities in a number of selected space states.

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2012 – Ground Observatories, Astronomy

Astronomers are laying the groundwork for a new generation of extraordinarily large observatories. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Telescope will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built. The SKA takes its name from the combined size of the collecting area of the thousands of individual dishes that comprise it, making it far more sensitive than any existing radio telescope.

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2013 – Satellite Television

DTH television’s estimated revenue comprised ##% of the commercial space products and services sector, growing from $## billion in 2012 to $## billion in 2013. North American DTH providers DIRECTV and DISH Network continue to be the largest contributors, with combined estimated revenues of $## billion in 2013. The companies reached a combined total of ## million subscribers as of September 2013. DTH providers in other regions generated the remaining revenue of $## billion.

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2012 – South African Government Space Budget

In FY 2012, which ran from April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013, the government of South Africa planned to spend an estimated ## million rand (US$## million) on space activities. The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) planned an FY 2012 budget of ## million rand (US$## million). South Africa is also investing in space science elsewhere in its budget. In FY 2012, the Department of Science and Technology planned investment of ## million rand (US$## million) in its space science research program, including ## million rand (US$## million) for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) program, a large-scale international radio telescope project.

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2013 – Additional Country Space Budgets

Around the globe, many smaller nations—whether in terms of economy or population size—are investing in space projects or programs. Exhibit 2cc shows the most recent available yearly budget for civil space activities in a number of selected emerging space states. Each of these countries tends to feature a different focus in its space investment portfolio, so care must be taken in making generalizations.

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