Maryland is a hub of activity in the growing realm of climate change research.
The space industry experienced steady growth in 2010. Worldwide economic activity attributed to the space industry reached $276.52 billion in 2010, a 7.7% increase from 2009. The industry grew by 48% from 2005 to 2010. (The Space Report 2011, Space Foundation).
As defined by the Space Foundation, the space industry in Maryland translates to 15,061 jobs and generates $1.6 Billion in wages. Federal agencies in Maryland directly related to space include NASA, NOAA and NSA. Sixteen of the nation’s top 25 aerospace industry manufacturing service companies are located in Maryland. The industry is primarily based on science and research and, to a lesser degree, the defense, security and intelligence markets. The restructured Constellation program does not impact Maryland the same as other states because our space sector is less focused on large-scale launch efforts.
Space sectors in Maryland (as defined by the Space Foundation)
• Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical and Nautical System and
• Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Propulsion Unit and Propulsion Unit Parts
• Other Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Parts and Auxiliary Equipment
• Satellite Telecommunications
• Space Research and Technology