Economy

Commercial Infrastructure and Support Industries


2011 – Commercial Human Spaceflight

New commercial transportation services are in development to carry cargo, passengers, and astronauts into space. In the United States, the retirement of the Space Shuttle in July 2011 creates an…

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2011 – Space Insurance

The satellite insurance industry saw profits decline in 2011 but the industry was still profitable, continuing a decade of strong performance. Aon/ ISB, an insurance brokerage, reported that the space insurance…

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2011 – Ground Stations and Receivers

The ground equipment market totaled an estimated $## billion in 2011, a ##% increase compared to $## billion for 2010. Ground equipment includes all Earth-based infrastructure and technology necessary to...…

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2011 – Space Stations

The ISS reached core completion in 2011. The largest funding contributor to the ISS, NASA, received $## billion for the ISS in fiscal year (FY) 2011, compared to $## billion…

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2011 – Satellite Manufacturing

In 2011, a total of ## satellites—of which 40 were commercial—were launched into space, an increase of #% from the ## satellites launched in 2010. This total includes most spacecraft…

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2011 – Launch Industry

In 2011, ## launches were attempted carrying ## payloads, including satellites, interplanetary probes, and flights to the International Space Station (ISS). Compared to the 2010 total of ## launches, this…

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2012 – Space Insurance

XL Insurance, an insurance brokerage, reported that space insurance premiums in 2012 totaled approximately $## million, compared to approximately $## million paid out in claims. This is comparable to Aon/ISB’s…

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2012 – Commercial Human Spaceflight

The retirement of the Space Shuttle is spurring development of commercial cargo and crew transportation services. NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, started in 2006, has awarded contracts to…

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