PARIS, MONTREAL, WASHINGTON D.C., JULY 9, 2014—According to Euroconsult's newly released executive report, Government Space Programs: Strategic Outlook, Benchmarks & Forecasts, government funding for space is expected to progressively recover as public finances regain their comfort zone and programs enter a new growth cycle. Following a critical period of cyclical low funding which concluded in a budget decrease in 2013 worldwide, moderate growth is expected moving forward which should bring world spending to $82 billion by 2023. Although civil programs drive current funding, accounting for 61% of the world's total, defense programs are expected to experience a remarkable recovery while civil funding should plateau before entering a new expansion phase later in the decade.
"Despite budget cuts, governments plan to launch 35% more satellites in the coming 10 years than what was launched during the previous decade," said Steve Bochinger, COO at Euroconsult and editor of the report. "Civil satellite missions will drive this growth with an average of 62 civil satellites launched per year, a growth of 55% compared to the previous decade, driven by Earth observation, communications and navigation programs. Defense satellites will remain stable with 210 satellites, of which more than half will come from the U.S."
Government Space Programs: Strategic Outlook, Benchmarks & Forecasts assesses key economic and program trends for each major space application, which include:
While the top five space programs account for 93% of the world's government spending, the number of countries investing in space keeps increasing but is expected to stabilize. The average funding of emerging programs has increased significantly to around $50 million, however funding sustainability in these countries will be a crucial issue in the coming decade.
"On the regional front, Asia is experiencing continuous high growth as governments altogether doubled their spending between 2004 and 2013," continued Bochinger. "The presence of three world leading space programs (Japan, China and India), new regional leaders (such as South Korea and Malaysia) and the emergence of new programs in the region brings strong dynamism which is expected to help Asia surpass Europe in the next years."
ABOUT THE REPORT
Government Space Programs: Strategic Outlook, Benchmarks & Forecasts assesses from an economic perspective space programs undertaken by civil and defense government organizations worldwide. Key metrics such as public investment (funding) in space and government satellites to be launched are analyzed from different angles to provide a 360-degree view of government space programs. The report aims to provide a concise view of the economics of government space programs with 1) a strategic outlook containing global trends, forecasts and benchmarks by regions and applications and 2) a detailed application review of current and future trends globally and by regions.
Euroconsult also publishes the report Profiles of Government Space Programs which provides detailed individual profiles for the 80+ countries and agencies investing in space. Each profile contains the assessment of policies, budgets and program situations in all applications undertaken by the country or agency.
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