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2017

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Annual Economy Overviews

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The global space industry grew 7.4% in 2017, reaching a total of $383.5 billion. This continues a broad upward trend that spans more than a decade. Traditional sectors for space commerce have continued to grow and are being joined by innovative new space companies. Governments continue to recognize...

2017 - U.S. National Security Workforce

Country: United States
The U.S. national security space workforce is composed of federal workers in both the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Altogether, there were more than 27,500 U.S. national security space professionals in 2017.The U.S. Air Force employs the largest group of national security...

2017 - NASA

Country: United States
As of the start of fiscal year (FY) 2018, NASA employed 17,324 individuals. Employment has been essentially static since the beginning of FY 2016, increasing by less than 20 people over two years. Longer-term trends show that NASA’s workforce has been contracting slowly since FY 2000. From the...

2017 - U.S. Space Industry Employment

Country: United States
In 2016, private industry space companies in the United States employed 128,163 professionals. This is 1.6% fewer than in 2015, continuing an 8-year trend of decline in the size of the commercial U.S. space workforce. Since 2006, the workforce has declined by more than 20%. There are some...

2017 - U.S. Space Workforce

Country: United States
The U.S. Space workforce is composed of more than 173,000 workers across the commercial, civil, and national security sectors. In recent years, the U.S. space workforce has been shrinking, and 2016 showed a continuation of this trend across much of the commercial, civil, and national security...

2017 - U.S. Space Industry Employment

Country: United States
In 2016, private industry space companies in the United States employed 128,163 professionals. This is 1.6% fewer than in 2015, continuing an 8-year trend of decline in the size of the commercial U.S. space workforce. Since 2006, the workforce has declined by more than 20%. There are some...

2017 - Space Products and Services Overview

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People and businesses continued to harness space technology and services in 2017, sometimes in surprising ways. New companies are using space-acquired data in new ways, aided in no small part by the ubiquity of the smartphone. Blind people can download an application to a smartphone and explore...

2017 - Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Systems

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PNT satellite constellations continued growing during 2017. Deployments led to a 6% increase in the in-orbit PNT satellite population as a result of Chinese, European, Indian, Japanese, and Russian efforts to either expand or maintain national PNT fleets. The United States launched no new Global...

2017 - Communications Satellites Overview

Aggregate revenues in the satellite communications industry have been relatively static over recent years, even as specific markets grew or declined. The 92 communications satellites deployed in 2017 constituted a 21% share of the 443 satellites deployed during the year. This deployment of...

2017 - Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Overview

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Earth observation (EO) and remote sensing (RS) continued to be the dominant mission type among spacecraft deployed in 2017. Of 443 spacecraft deployed during the year, 232 (52%) were for EO/RS missions. While the share of spacecraft is a slight decrease from 53% in 2016, the number of EO/RS...