The Space Foundation has just released the findings of their The Space Report 2017: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity publication.
- In 2016, the global space economy totaled $329 billion worldwide. The increase from $323 billion in 2015 was due to growth in commercial space sectors, with negligible declines in non-U.S. government and U.S. government budgets.
- Totaling $253 billion, commercial space activities made up 76 percent of the global space economy. The U.S. government spent $44 billion on defense and non-defense space efforts in 2016, a 0.3 percent decrease from 2015.
- Non-U.S. government space investment declined by 0.4 percent in dollar terms, primarily due to exchange rates, to a total of $32 billion in 2016. In reality, most countries increased their budgets for space activities.
The Space Report Key Findings
The Space Report 2017 contains worldwide space facts and figures and is illustrated with charts and graphs detailing the benefits of space exploration and utilization, the challenges facing the space sector, the opportunities for future growth and the major factors that shape the industry. In addition, The Space Report includes an overview of each sector, easy-to-understand definitions and up-to-date information on space infrastructure, facilities, launches and programs.
The Space Report is published annually by the Space Foundation, using in-house industry analysts working with a European aerospace consulting firm, Eurospace, to research and analyze government and industry trends in space activity.
The Space Foundation offers an online service that provides subscribers with access to all the research conducted for The Space Report dating back to 2005, as well as new data sets that have never appeared in the report. This website provides users with updates throughout the year, as well as customizable charts and downloadable data for further analysis.
The Space Report is the definitive body of information about the global space industry. It is a valuable resource for government and business leaders, educators, financial analysts, students and space-related businesses. The report can be purchased as a downloadable PDF and a website subscription can also be purchased. The latter offering includes the ability to download every published edition of The Space Report. Purchases can be made online at www.TheSpaceReport.org. Licenses for businesses and schools, academic pricing and discounted previous editions of The Space Report are also available via online purchase.