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Government Space Budgets

Government Space Budgets

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Total global government space budgets in 2015 were $## billion, a ##% decrease from $## billion in 2014. More than half of this spending was in the United States, which budgeted $## billion for government space activities in 2015. Government budget levels reflect the most recent budgetary information available for each country, taking into account the fact that fiscal cycles differ among countries.


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There are more than 50 space agencies worldwide, with nations on every inhabited continent involved in space activities. The exhibit below shows the most recent available annual budget for civil space activities in a selection of these nations.
Brazil has been experiencing widespread economic challenges in recent years, with almost no growth in GDP in 2014, and an estimated ##% decline in 2015. These broader issues have affected spending on space activities. Brazil’s space agency, Agencia Espacial Brasileira (AEB), only spent ## million...
In FY 2015, which extends from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) budget was C$## (US$## million). This is an increase of ##% over FY 2014 funding. The largest increase in CSA’s budget was seen in the Space Data, Information, and Services sector. The increase is...
China is one of three nations, along with the United States and Russia, capable of launching humans to space, though it has not done so since 2013. China is developing its own space station, with plans to launch the first of four domestically developed modules in 2018. Chinese officials have stated...
Civil government spending on space programs and activities in Europe comes from four sources: activities directed by the European Union (EU) and executed by the European Commission (EC), which are mostly implemented by ESA acting as the procurement and development agency; activities by ESA that are...
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 2015-2016 fiscal year budget, representing funding allocated for April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, was ## billion rupees (US$## billion), later revised down to ## billion rupees (US$## billion). This is an increase of ##% over actual spending in fiscal...
The Israel Space Agency (ISA) is in charge of civil and commercial space activities, which are estimated at US$## billion for 2015. It also coordinates closely with the Ministry of Defense. ISA has identified a near-term goal of increasing the size of the space economy in Israel to US$## billion in...
Civil space activities in Japan are coordinated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which is funded primarily through the Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). In FY 2015, which in Japan runs from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, JAXA received ##...
Russia’s space budget has suffered due to the country’s broader economic crisis. Officials of Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency, announced in December 2015 that the agency would receive ## trillion rubles (US$## billion) from 2016-2025, less than half the ## trillion rubles (US$##...
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) had a 2015 budget of ## billion won (US$## million), an increase of ##% from its budget in FY 2014 of ## billion won (US$## million). In February 2015, the South Korean government announced plans to develop South Korea into a major space power. This...
The United States spent $## billion on space activities in 2015. The majority of this spending, ##%, went toward national security space activities within the Department of Defense (DoD) budget. The second largest space budget was for NASA, which received $## billion in 2015. In addition to these...

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