2010


2010 – Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Space Activities – Snapshot

The dominant providers of international fixed satellite services (FSS) are Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, and Telesat. These four companies collectively own nearly half of all GEO commercial communications satellites (125 satellites, or 47% of the total), and represented 49% of total FSS market revenues in 2010.

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2010 – Canadian Government Space Budget – Snapshot

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) managed an FY 2010 budget of C$## million (US$## million), including a planned contribution of C$## million (US$## million) to the European Space Agency. The CSA-only budget of C$## million (US$## million) represents a ##% decrease from the previous year’s CSA-only budget of C$## million (US$## million). The CSA focused its funding in three main activity areas: Earth observation; space science and exploration, which includes robotic and human spaceflight; and satellite communication and navigation systems.

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2010 – Satellite Radio – Snapshot

Revenue from satellite radio broadcasting in 2010 is estimated to be $## billion, a ##% increase over 2009. Following the bankruptcy and liquidation of WorldSpace, which had provided services globally, satellite radio is available only in North America. U.S.-based Sirius XM announced in November 2010 that it has more than 20 million subscribers despite operating in a difficult financial environment. The company attributes its…

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2010 – Satellite Television – Snapshot

The estimated 2010 revenues for DTH television increased to $## billion in 2010 from $## billion in 2009. DTH comprises ##% of the revenue within the commercial space products and services sector. North American DTH providers DirecTV and DISH Network are the two largest operators, with combined 2010 revenues estimated at $## billion. As of September 2010, DirecTV and DISH Network had a combined total of ## million subscribers. Other DTH television providers contributed the…

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2010 – Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) Space Activities – Snapshot

Mobile satellite services (MSS) providers enable users to connect phones and other handheld devices directly to a satellite to provide near-constant coverage, even in places underserved by terrestrial facilities, such as ships at sea, isolated rural villages, polar settlements, or other remote sites. Although they also provide a wide range of routing services to major users such as the U.S. Navy fleet, MSS is particularly useful in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters when regular forms of communication are often unavailable.

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2010 – Commercial Space Products and Services Overview Snapshot

The commercial space products and services sector remains the largest component of the space economy. Total revenue for commercial space products and services in 2010 is estimated at $## billion, #% more than the 2009 total of $## billion. This estimate includes revenues from satellite broadcasting, satellite communications, and Earth observation products and services. Geolocation and navigation-related revenues are included in the ground equipment sector due to the fact that the majority of revenue is generated by…

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2010 – Brazilian Government Space Budget – Snapshot

The National Congress of Brazil’s 2011 Federal Budget authorizes ## million reais (US$## million) for activities associated with the National Program of Space Activities (PNAE), a decrease of ##% from the authorization for the previous year. This authorization includes ## million reais (US$## million) for the Brazilian space agency,
Agência Espacial Brasileira (AEB), and ## million reais (US$## million) in capital investment associated with the Alcântara Space Centre.

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2010 – Bigelow Space Stations – Snapshot

Bigelow Aerospace has been working for several years to develop commercial orbital habitats using expandable modules. This approach, leveraging technology licensed from NASA, involves launching modules in a compact form and inflating them once in orbit, creating much larger volumes than would be possible with traditional metallic structures.

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2010 – Space Stations – Snapshot

The ISS is the only crewed space station in orbit. Due to be completed in 2011, the ISS is also the most active and massive space station ever deployed. NASA, a main contributor, received $## billion for the ISS in fiscal year (FY) 2010 compared to $## billion approved by Congress in FY 2009. This funding does not include flight or ground operations costs of shuttle flights to and from the ISS. Two new modules were added to the ISS during 2010. In February, Space Shuttle Endeavour delivered the Tranquility module, which contains life support systems and a unique seven-windowed cupola from which astronauts can conduct robotic operations.

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2010 – U.S. Civil Space Budgets – Snapshot

In certain agencies, such as the USDA, space spending is distributed in small amounts across the agency for activities such as the purchase of remote sensing data, and therefore space budgets are not systematically tracked. In other agencies, such as the Department of Interior, space spending is concentrated in a single organizational or functional line item. Within the DOI, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates the Landsat Earth observation satellite program and associated mapping and data products. In 2010, USGS spent approximately $## million dollars on Geographic Research, Investigations, and Remote Sensing, which included the Landsat program and a geospatial data program.

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