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Prospects for Space Exploration, 2nd Edition

The Prospects for Space Exploration report provides an economic and strategic assessment of the space exploration sector, including an analysis of government and commercial space exploration programs worldwide.

Description & Key Features
New in Current Edition

This report identifies global trends related to space exploration, and analyzes collaborations in the form of both international space agency partnerships and public-private partnerships.

Highlights include: 

  • Government funding in space exploration, assessed by country and by application. The previous decade is assessed for historical trends, while forecasts are provided for the coming decade.
  • A comprehensive list of missions launched and to be launched in space exploration: The forecast includes both government and commercial programs. Forecasts accompany historical data from the previous decade for the next ten years.
  • Six specific applications assessed in detail: Orbital Infrastructure, Transportation, Moon exploration, Mars exploration, Other deep space exploration, and Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Heliophysics.
  • A strategic outlook summarizing global trends, forecasts, and benchmarks organized by country and by applications
  • Detailed profiles of 11 government space programs covering policy, strategic objectives, and space expenditures. Programs covered: United States, China, ESA, Japan, Russia, European national programs, Canada, UAE, India, South Korea, Australia.
  • Review of commercial organizations involved in space exploration
  • Extensive Excel budget database, covering annual space expenditures in space exploration for ten years by country and application.

The newest edition of this report features all countries investing in space exploration, and two decades of trends and forecasts, whereas the previous edition covered only 15 countries and 5 years. 

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Heliophysics is covered as a sixth application area. 

Forecast is included for missions above and below a mass of 50kg, as well as an assessment of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An overview of the in-situ resource utilization value chain is also included, covering the opportunities and challenges associated with this practice on the Moon.