ESA Space Economy

ESA seeks to ensure a sustainable growth of the European space sector and the creation of value to society, from basic research to service development.

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ESA Global Space Economic Forum


The Global Space Economic Forum (GSEF) is the foremost creative platform to interactively discuss space-led innovation opportunities driven by the space economy

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ESA Global Space Economic Workshop


The Global Space Economic Workshop (GSEW) is a framework to bring together leaders from European industry to promote partnerships and collaborations

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ESA Grand Challenge

Grand Challenge

The Grand Challenge is a competition that proposes inspiring goals far from market reach to tackle specific challenges with unconventional and disruptive approaches

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Advancing the understanding and measurement of the societal benefits of Earth Observation

From 1 to 3 July 2019, ESA co-organised a workshop on “Advancing the understanding and measurement of the societal benefits of Earth Observation” and hosted it in ESRIN, its site located in Frascati (Italy).The goal of this workshop was to ...
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ESA Space Economy Brochure

As space becomes more integrated into the daily lives of citizens, the impact of space activities on the economy and society is growing stronger and reaching further. Investments in ESA programmes generate various impacts.These impacts can be:Economi...
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ESA at the New Space Economy European Expoforum

On 10–12 December in Rome, ESA will be present at the New Space Economy European Expoforum (NSE) organised in collaboration with the Space Foundation. This event creates the opportunity to meet and exchange views with existing and new industri...
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What is the Space Economy?

The Space Economy is defined by OECD as the full range of activities and the use of resources that create value and benefits to human beings in the course of exploring, researching, understanding, managing, and utilising space.[1] The Space Economy i...
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Measuring the Space Economy

Since Space is not recognised as a category in international standards of industrial classification, worldwide national space statistics differ in definition, coverage and methodology, generating a lack of international comparability. The structure o...
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The socio-economic impact of space activities

Space activities and capabilities fuel industrial competitiveness, economic growth and innovation and are today essential to the European economy, reaching well beyond the aerospace sector. As space becomes more integrated into the daily lives of ci...
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