The global space economy reached a new high of nearly $447 billion in 2020, an increase of 4.4% from a revised 2019 figure of $428 billion. The 2020 figure is 50% greater than a decade ago, and 176% greater than . . .
Growth in the government investment sector of the space economy outpaced commercial sectors as the U.S. and non-U.S. government shares of the global space economy between 2017 and 2018. . .
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.
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.
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 $## billion.
In FY 2012, which ran from April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013, the government of South Africa planned to spend an estimated ## million rand (US$## 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.
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.
In the United States, the state government of Idaho uses a water-use mapping system based on data from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat satellites. The system can identify the amount of water being used in individual fields and supports decisions to enable more sustainable water consumption practices.