Frequently Asked Questions

Helpful insights to some of the most frequent questions we encounter

From details about the New York space sector to the broader dynamics of the space economy, this section should help you answer any questions you may have. If you still have more to ask, please contact us!

According to an analysis by Empire Space, the Core Space sector employs over 9,000 New Yorkers, while the broader Aerospace sector employs over 53,000. These 62,000+ jobs resulted in over $1.37 billion dollars in wages in the 4th quarter of 2020.

New York has a long history of involvement in space exploration. The Apollo lunar landers were constructed on Long Island, New York Universities have played a major role in numerous NASA missions, and numerous space sector companies large and small are located throughout the state.

New York is home to 48 Planetariums and Observatories, located in every region throughout the state. These institutions offer numerous benefits to their communities and are a vital part of the New York space sector.

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Investments in the space sector create high quality jobs, foster research and development, boost economic growth, and inspire younger generations. The global space economy is projected to grow to over $1 trillion in size in the next 20 years, 60+ years of investments in NASA have resulted in thousands of spinoff innovations (including dozens developed here in New York), and the global satellite network enables huge portions of your day to day life.

Government support for the space sector is critical for future growth and success, including promotion of public institutions such as planetariums, encouragement of academic programs focused on space, and support of space sector companies small and large. Local and state governments nationwide have taken strong measures to encourage growth in the space sector, and New York should be no different.

A total of 31 New Yorkers have been to space, logging over 3 years and 284 days beyond Earth. Prominent examples include Eileen Collins (1st female Shuttle Commander), Dennis Tito and George Olsen (1st and 3rd private citizens in space), and Doug Hurley (veteran NASA astronaut and pilot of the SpaceX Demo 2 mission).

Yes! NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies is located at Columbia University in Manhattan and plays a key role in the agency’s Earth Sciences Division. A 2019 NASA study identified nearly 2,000 jobs in New York directly or indirectly supported by NASA, generating an economic output of almost $440 million dollars.