Prospects for Space Exploration, 2nd edition

An economic and strategic assessment of the space exploration sector.



Prospects for Space Exploration provides an economic and strategic assessment of the space exploration sector. It includes an analysis and benchmark of government and commercial space exploration programs worldwide. The report identifies existing and upcoming new entrants in space exploration, as well as global trends related to space exploration, and it analyzes collaborative undertakings for exploration, including both international space agency partnerships as well as public-private partnerships.

Key Features

Key Features

  • Government funding in space exploration: by country and application. Two periods of reference are considered; the previous decade for historical trends and the coming decade for forecasts.
  • Missions launched and to be launched in space exploration: The forecast includes both government and commercial programs. Two periods of reference are considered: the previous decade for historical trends and the coming decade for forecasts.
  • Six applications assessed in detail: Orbital Infrastructure, Transportation, Moon exploration, Mars exploration, Other deep space exploration, astronomy, astrophysics and heliophysics
  • Strategic Outlook containing global trends, forecasts and benchmarks by countries and applications
  • Detailed profiles of 11 government space programs (Policy and strategic objectives and space expenditures): United States, China, ESA, Japan, Russia, European national programs, Canada, UAE, India, South Korea, Australia
  • Review of commercial organizations involved in space exploration by application
  • Extensive Excel budget database, covering annual space expenditures in space exploration for 10 years by country and application.
New in Current Edition

New in Current Edition

  • This new edition covers all countries investing in the field (15 countries/agencies covered in the previous 2018 edition)
  • Two decades of investment: historical trends and forecasts (the previous edition included only 5 years)
  • Includes Astronomy, Astrophysics and Heliophysics as a sixth application area
  • Forecast for both missions over and below 50 kg
  • In-situ resource utilization: an overview of the value chain – case of the Moon, opportunities, and challenges
  • Assessment of the potential impact of COVID-19 in the space exploration sector.
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