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The new colonial movement: According to a new industry analysis, the number of countries with active space efforts will double to almost fifty in the next decade.
By 2025, we estimate that the number of emerging space programs will increase to 47 countries around the world. This includes 23 newcomers who will have committed their first investment in space between 2016 and 2025. Over 130 satellites are forecast to be launched in the next 10 years, nearly double that of the last decade. The total value of these satellites should more than double at nearly $12 billion, versus more than $5 billion during 2006-2015.
The new efforts are not confined to the traditional space programs, but also include nations that will be purchasing services from others to build satellites for them.