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Global Space Economy Rose to $447B in 2020, Continuing Five-Year Growth

Space Foundation Releases ‘The Space Report 2021 Q2’ Detailing Growth of 4.4% Over 2019 Revised Total — 55% Higher Than a Decade Ago Commercial space grew 6.6% in 2020, representing nearly 80% of space economy US, China and ESA remain top three investors in global space economy US military space spending increased 6.1% in 2020,…

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US Space Employment, Investments Resist Pandemic in 2020, Continue to Climb in 2021

Job Growth, Strong Markets and 2020 Launch Vehicles Examined in ‘The Space Report 2021 Q1’ Released Today  Key U.S. space sectors add nearly 5,000 workers in 2020 U.S. private space employment reaches nine-year high Q1 mergers, acquisitions and investments total more than $15B COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — April 14, 2021 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit…

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‘The Space Report’ Shows 2020 Launch Activity Hit a 20-Year High

Total 2020 spacecraft deployment tripled the amount deployed in 2019 Commercial satellite deployments increased 477% from 2019 to 2020 Orbital launches approached the high pace of the Space Shuttle era, with the highest five-year total since 1986–1990 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Jan. 21, 2021 — In its newly released quarterly issue of The Space Report,…

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“The Space Report” Finds Commercial Space Revenue Climbs to $336.89 Billion in 2019

Despite COVID-19 Disruption, Investment in Space Tops $6B in Q3 2020: Report  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Oct. 13, 2020 — In the newest quarterly issue of The Space Report, Space Foundation, a 501(c)(3) global space advocate for 37 years, announced that space investment in Q3 2020 gained strength with more than $6 billion gained through…

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Global Space Economy Grows in 2019 to $423.8 Billion, The Space Report 2020 Q2 Analysis Shows

Combined Activity in Government Spending and Commercial Revenue Has Jumped 73% in the Last Decade, According to Newest Analysis from Space Foundation COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 30, 2020) — The global space economy in 2019 grew more than $9 billion over the previous year, reaching $423.8 billion, according to new findings published by Space Foundation’s…

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2019 Space Employment Hit 8-Year High, Launch Activity Reached Decade Growth of 39%, Research from The Space Report Q1 Analysis Shows

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 31, 2020) — Across multiple fronts, the space industry heading into 2020 was the strongest in years, with gains in space industry jobs, new nations entering space, and record-level research and investor activity through International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory programs. Those are among the new findings in The Space Report…

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From 1969 to 2019, a Comparison

As part of a monthlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, SpaceNews recently released a special digital edition of the publication. Featured in the digital edition is a piece from Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor looking at what will be different next time U.S. astronauts land on the Moon. Also in the digital edition, an abbreviated…

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An Apollo 50th Anniversary Moment

Testing the Lifeboat by John Holst, Space Foundation Research Analyst A rocket rose on a plume of flame from New Mexico’s desert on a January 1966 morning. The Little Joe II rocket (pictured) reached an altitude of 24 kilometers (15 miles), then seemed to fail, tumbling across the sky. Little Joe’s payload, an unmanned Apollo…

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The Space Report Online Provides a Decade of Global Space Data

The Space Foundation research team has gathered more than 10 years of data about global space activity, and that data is now available at The Space Report Online. The data includes charts, tables and graphs that can be customized and downloaded into spreadsheets, ready to use for presentations. The data is updated regularly with information…

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An Apollo 50th Anniversary Moment

by John Holst, Space Foundation Research Analyst The aborted Gemini VI rendezvous mission in October 1965 spurred NASA to consider and embrace a new mission plan for December 1965 – the launching of two Gemini capsules. NASA would launch both capsules, which would then rendezvous with each other while orbiting the Earth. The new mission…

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