US Space Industry Deep Dive Assessment

US Space Industry
US Space Industry
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US Space Industry ‘Deep Dive’ Final Dataset Findings prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and its Industrial Base Surveys and Assessments.

In June 2012, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation, in coordination with the U.S. Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Reconnaissance Office began a survey and assessment of the U.S. space industrial base supply chain network. The principal purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of the complicated network supporting the development, production and sustainment of products and services across the defense, intelligence community, civil and commercial space sectors. Historically, the U.S. Government has had limited visibility into the issues and challenges facing the lower tiers of the space industrial base.

Latest Update: February 28, 2014

BIS has completed its analysis of the Space Deep Dive data (see presentation below). BIS has begun publishing publically available reports that detail findings and recommendations on various topics, including:

Report on the Impact of Export Controls on the Space Industrial Base Now Available;

  • Small businesses in the space industrial base;
  • Financial health of the space industrial base;
  • Employment in the space industrial base; and
  • Challenges to the space industrial base.

Final Dataset Overview

Outreach and Assistance to US Space Industry

In the Space Deep Dive survey, survey respondents were asked if they were interested in information on existing federal and state government programs and services designed to assist their organization better compete in the global marketplace. Working with interagency partners, BIS developed information packages for these areas and distributed them to over 1,300 respondents. The packages are included below:

  1. Business Development
  2. Country Commercial Guides
  3. Energy and Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing
  4. Export Licensing
  5. Financing
  6. Global Export Opportunities
  7. Government Procurement Guidelines and E-Commerce
  8. Manufacturing Technology Development
  9. Marketing Assessment Skills
  10. Patents and Trademarks
  11. Product/Service Development
  12. R & D Programs
  13. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts
  14. Training Opportunities

For More Information…

For a copy of the U.S. Space Industry Deep Dive survey, go to Space Deep Dive.

To discuss the U.S. Space Industry Deep Dive study with a member of BIS staff, please contact

Brad Botwin
Director, Industrial Base Studies
(202) 482-4060

*All data made available from this survey collection is provided in aggregated form to protect Business Confidential and proprietary information. All information submitted to BIS is protected as Business Confidential under provisions of the Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950, as amended. Survey responses are also exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.