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Civil Space Spending in Africa (USD), 2021

Total government space spending in 2021 reached $107 billion, a 19% increase from 2020, based on Space Foundation analysis. Space Foundation examined government space spending of 46 nations, including 14 nations new to the analysis this year.Total government space spending in 2021 reached $107 billion, a 19% increase from 2020, based on Space Foundation analysis. Space Foundation examined government space spending of 46 nations, including 14 nations new to the analysis this year.

Although the continent’s total space spending is a small fraction of global spending, Africa is quickly becoming a space powerhouse. The African Union’s Agenda 2063 includes the Africa Outer Space Strategy as one of 15 flagship projects “to [accelerate] Africa’s economic growth and development.”

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Education

In addition to adeptly managing the existing workforce, the health of the industry relies on a steady supply of highly educated individuals, particularly those earning university degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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2014 – Additional Country Space Budgets

Around the globe, many smaller nations—whether in terms of economy or population size—are investing in space projects or programs. The exhibit below shows the most recent available annual budget for civil space activities in a number of selected space states.

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2013 – Satellite Television

DTH television’s estimated revenue comprised ##% of the commercial space products and services sector, growing from $## billion in 2012 to $## billion in 2013. North American DTH providers DIRECTV and DISH Network continue to be the largest contributors, with combined estimated revenues of $## billion in 2013. The companies reached a combined total of ## million subscribers as of September 2013. DTH providers in other regions generated the remaining revenue of $## billion.

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2013 – Additional Country Space Budgets

Around the globe, many smaller nations—whether in terms of economy or population size—are investing in space projects or programs. Exhibit 2cc shows the most recent available yearly budget for civil space activities in a number of selected emerging space states. Each of these countries tends to feature a different focus in its space investment portfolio, so care must be taken in making generalizations.

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Perspective – TSR 2013

Perspective - TSR 2013 covers topics that include space policy, space as a tool in international trade and development, building space infrastructure, and spaceports as an economic engine.  

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