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On Thursday, the Space Foundation released its Space Report for the second quarter of 2020, which found that the global space economy increased by 2.2 percent, reaching $423.8 billion -- $9 billion more than 2018.
According to a release about the report, space activity, including government spending and commercial revenue, has increased by 73 percent in the last 10 years.
Last year, the global space economy also increased by 16.1 percent in its infrastructure and support industries and a 1.7 percent increase in its products and services sector compared to 2018, the according to the report.
Commercial revenue for the worldwide space economy increased by 6.3 percent from 2018 to $336.89 billion in 2019, according to the report.
The number of commercial missions also increased in 2019. According to the report, there were 251 global commercial missions in 2019, which is a 48 percent increase from 171 in 2018.
The Space Report also found that the space workforce in Europe, focused specifically on “design, development and manufacturing of space assets,” increased by 6.2 percent compared to 2018. In the U.S., that portion of the space workforce only increased by 2 percent.
But U.S. jobs 241,600 jobs with some broad space industry affiliation were lost from December 2019 to May 2020, the report said.
However, two specific space industries -- Guided Missiles, Space Vehicles and Parts; and Search, Detection and Navigation Instruments -- added 1,400 jobs from December last year to May 2020, according to the Space Report.
The report also pointed out that there have been 41 successful launches from January 1 to June 30 of this year, which is “on par with previous years,” despite the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the report, the five-year average of successful launches is 43.2.