State of the Canadian Space Sector
Steve MacLean, President
(Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
In presenting: The State of the Canadian Space Sector 2011, our annual report on the health of Canada's Space Industry, I want to draw your attention to key data, which measures change in the space sector using a number of indicators, such as sector and category of business activity, regional differences, the value of export revenues and the strength of our manufacturing base.
The results for 2011 were mixed. After four years of successive and sustained growth, this year saw only modest growth pegged at 1.3% overall, with total revenues in the space sector edging to reach $3.483 Billion. Domestic revenues increased by 4.8%, while exports dropped by 2.2%. At the same time, after three years of growth, the space sector workforce stalled and shed 9% or 762 space-related positions, among them 471 highly qualified persons in 2011.
The marginally incremental growth in space sector revenues was evenly distributed among organizations, benefiting the Robotics, Earth Observation and Space Science sectors of the space economy. Collaboration among different space partners is at the core of Canada's commercialization of innovation and continued growth, as companies, universities and government agencies work together to leverage knowledge and resources. As examples, are the development of AIS SAT-1 for Norway, which involved input from the University of Toronto and Com Dev; and, Canada's contribution of the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APSX) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover, which was developed in collaboration between the Canadian Space Agency, the University of Guelph and McDonald Dettwiler and Associates.
In 2011, the report includes more detailed reporting on the sources of government revenue received by organizations to perform space-related work (up from $319M in 2010 to $368M in 2011). The Canadian Space Agency, the Department of National Defence and the Natural Science and Engineering Council are captured as being major sources of this funding. The potential of space assets to deliver terrestrial benefits was demonstrated by collaboration between the Canadian Space Agency and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which funded the development and improvement of medical diagnostic tools that will help determine the health of Astronauts working on the International Space Station. These devices will be tested on the Station and one day may be adapted for use by Doctors in medical clinics to more quickly provide patients with accurate and timely diagnosis of their medical conditions.
The results of this annual survey: The State of the Canadian Space Sector 2011 have been made possible by the generous collaboration and input of our partners, members of the Canadian Space Program.
Dr. Steve MacLean President, Canadian Space Agency
State of the Canadian Space Sector
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