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Without today’s capabilities, accurate weather prediction and the resulting economic benefits would not be possible; businesses would lack reliable communications and connectivity with geographically remote parts of the world; and the growing value of ubiquitous spatial positioning and imagery would be difficult to realize. S. civil space program is to Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. S. CIVIL SPACE ACTIVITIES 31 The report went on to recommend that decisions about what alternative opportunities to pursue should reflect consideration of two factors: a.

In the third and largest tier of economic activity are industries that rely on or utilize the space infrastructure that is in place. S. govern- Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. S. CIVIL SPACE ACTIVITIES 35 ment. The precision navigation personal device market has rapidly grown into a $10 billion annual market which did not exist prior to the launch of the GPS satellites. The industry has grown from promising satellite navigation equipment in aircraft and ships, to portable devices used in vehicles and by recreational hikers, to navigation capabilities now being embedded within every next-generation cellular telephone.

Without today’s capabilities, accurate weather prediction and the resulting economic benefits would not be possible; businesses would lack reliable communications and connectivity with geographically remote parts of the world; and the growing value of ubiquitous spatial positioning and imagery would be difficult to realize. S. civil space program is to Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. S. CIVIL SPACE ACTIVITIES 31 The report went on to recommend that decisions about what alternative opportunities to pursue should reflect consideration of two factors: a.

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