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2013 - Economy Overview

Country: United States
The global space industry continued to grow in 2013, expanding by 4% since 2012, slightly below the average annual growth rate of 4.9% from 2009 to 2013. Commercial space revenues and government space spending together totaled $314.17 billion in 2013, compared to $302.22 billion in 2012.In 2013,...

2013 - Additional Country Space Budgets

Country: China, South Africa
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...

2013 - Trends

Trends in the global space workforce continue to be mixed, with the U.S. space workforce contracting for the sixth year in a row while space workforces in Japan and Europe saw further increases.Note: The exhibits in this section are from The Space Report 2014. Please refer to this year's exhibits...

2013 - U.S. Suborbital

Several crewed, reusable suborbital vehicles have been under development during the past decade. These vehicles are being designed and built by commercial companies to carry paying passengers to the edge of space, enabling them to experience microgravity for minutes at a time. When operational,...

2013 - Japan Launch, Payload

Country: Canada, Japan
Japan successfully conducted three orbital launches in 2013, placing a variety of payloads into orbit for domestic customers. In 2013, Japan also signaled that it intends to compete in the global commercial market.Japan’s first launch of 2013 took place in January, when the country’s H-IIA...

2013 - Perspective

Topic: Perspective
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The evolution of the space sector is reflected in changes within the industry in response to new challenges and opportunities. As certain elements of the space economy become established economic goods, the ways customers buy—and companies sell—those space products and services evolves. As new...

Collaboration Between Space Agencies and the Public

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The innovation that characterizes space programs and operations presents a complementary set of opportunities for space agencies: new ideas to solve complicated problems in space (spin-ons) and new ways to adapt space technologies for beneficial products and services for Earth...

Canada's Biopsy Robot

Country: Canada
Advances in robotics led by space programs are finding a wide array of uses in the medical field. In addition to the hospital QC Bot derived from the Mars rovers, a robot capable of performing biopsies for breast cancer has been developed and is entering clinical trials. Called the...

Helping the Lame to Walk: The X1 Exoskeleton

Country: United States
Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot on the ISS, has lent its technology to another NASA project: the X1 robotic exoskeleton. The 26-kilogram (57-pound) X1 attaches to both legs, with controls and a harness extending over the person’s back and shoulders. X1 has been developed by NASA and...

PUMA Tracks Progress of Pulmonary Disease Patient

Country: United States
The Portable Unit for Metabolic Analysis (PUMA) was invented at NASA Glenn Research Center to monitor an astronaut’s oxygen intake and carbon dioxide release, basic factors in astronaut health. This same technology is now being used to track the treatment progress of patients with...