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UK space sector defies recession


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Nov 25, 2008
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UK space companies have defied the recession, growing by an average of 10% a year from 2007.

So says a report from the Oxford Economics consultancy, which predicts the growth will continue in 2010.

The space business is now said to have a turnover worth some £7.5bn, with employment rising at about 15% a year.

The best performing areas are in so-called downstream activities - services such as satellite broadcasting and telecommunications.

But even the upstream sector - such as satellite manufacturing - recorded a very healthy performance, averaging annual growth of 3% over the period 2006/07 to 2008/09

The UK is about to launch Europe's first satellite dedicated to the delivery of broadband services

This highlights the importance of sustained investment within the space industry; this will be the future of every major economy in the coming decades.

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