The 2019 Space Security Index is now available and the report contains positive developments, but clearly shows more work needs to be done.
This weeks guest on the SpaceQ podcast is Jessica West of Project Ploughshares and the editor of the 2019 Space Security Index. The index, in its 16th edition, looks at the global space sector to track trends in the use of outer space from a sustainability perspective.
The 2019 index covers the 2018 calendar year and includes the following data from the report. “Space activity is flourishing. In 2018, 71 countries owned satellites. Seventy-two national space agencies spent a combined $70 billion. Eleven new agencies were created or announced. Some of the 2,062 active satellites saved 2,700 lives. The satellite industry earned $277 billion, while startups secured $3 billion in private investment.”