The Space Foundation has publicly released The Space Report: The Guide to Global Space Activity, a new and definitive source for data and analysis about the global space industry, space products, and space services.

Among its revelations: the space industry now tops U$180 billion in global revenues, and a newly created index of space equities has outperformed both the S and P 500 and NASDAQ.

"We saw a need for one source for credible and comprehensive information about the space industry worldwide," said Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Pulham.

"The Space Foundation’s Research and Analysis enterprise produced The Space Report to bring together that data and provide a useful tool for analysis and forecasting."

The Tauri Group, known for its objective, credible and in-depth research, served as technical lead, providing research, data and analysis for this definitive report.

The Space Report identifies distinct sectors for global space activities and describes the full range of space activities:
- space infrastructure;
- space products and services;
- space revenues and government budgets;
- how space products and services are used;
- and the outlook for the future.

Among its key findings, The Space Report concludes that space activities accounted for about U$180 billion in government budgets and industry revenues worldwide in 2005:
- U$110 billion comes from global commercial space revenue, from infrastructure, infrastructure support services, satellite services and transportation-based services;
- U$70 billion is from international government expenditures from civilian and military agencies;
- U$57 billion or about one-third is attributable to U.S. government expenditures;
- U$80 billion or nearly half is attributable to satellite-based products and services.

The Space Report includes more than 150 pages of authoritative content, rich with tables, charts, graphs, photographs, and more than 450 detailed citations and endnotes.

Copies of The Space Report can be ordered online from . The printed book or searchable CD-ROM is available for U$35; the e-book is available for U$25. The Executive Summary of The Space Report is available free of charge online as a PDF.

Source: SpaceMart