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European Cooperative Organization and Government Space Budgets

European Cooperative Organization and Government Space Budgets

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 funded by ESA member states; activities of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT); and activities carried out by European countries independent of the EU, EUMETSAT, and ESA.


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The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) had a total budget of €## million (US$## million) for 2014, the most recent year for which data is available. The largest amount of funding was directed to the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) program with €##...
A growing share of the European public investment in civil space programs is funded by the European Union under the auspices of its executive body, the European Commission (EC), which promotes two European flagship initiatives—the navigation system Galileo and the environment monitoring system of...
ESA operated with a 2015 budget of €## billion (US$## billion), an ##% increase from the 2014 budget of €## billion (US$## billion). The growth was primarily due to larger contributions from third parties—EU and EUMETSAT—mostly for Earth Observation and for Galileo. ESA’s budget is...
In 2015, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France’s space agency, had a budget of €## billion (US$## billion). This was a ##% decrease from its 2014 budget of €## billion (US$## billion). On a per capita basis, France is second only to the United States in space spending. About ##%...
Overall, Germany’s spending on space activities in 2015 totaled €## billion (US$## billion), an ##% increase from €## billion (US$## billion) in 2014. Germany’s contribution to ESA increased ##%, from €## million (US$## billion) in 2014 to €## million (US$## million) in 2015. In 2016,...
Italy’s space agency, the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), had a budget of €## million (US$## million) in 2015. This is an increase of ##% from its €## million (US$## million) budget in 2014. The highest-funded activities in the budget were exploration and observation of the universe,...
Space activities in Spain are coordinated by the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial (INTA) within the Ministry of Defense. In 2015, INTA received a budget of €## million (US$## million). This is an increase of ##% from the €## million (US$## million) received in 2014. ESA projects are...
In the 2015/16 fiscal year, which ran from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) budgeted £## million (US$## million), including £## million (US$## million) in contributions to ESA. Total spending was ##% more than the £## million (US$## million) spent in the...

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