The U.S. government spent 51 percent more on space programs than the rest of the world combined in 2022. The data analysts at Fair Betting Sites have crunched the space budgets from countries around the world to see which nations are spending the most money on their aerospace programs.
In total, the U.S. spent $61.97 billion on space programs in 2022, more than any other country in the world. The rest of the world spent $41 billion combined.
The U.S. spent 4.5 times more than China, which came in second in space spending at $11.9 billion.
President Joe Biden’s 2023 fiscal year budget for NASA hit around $25.4 billion, which is $1.3 billion more than what it was allocated in 2022.
The U.S. government also approved $26.3 billion in funding for the Space Force for 2023.
The Biden administration in its budget proposal for the fiscal year 2024 is likely to seek a significant increase for the U.S. Space Force, the National Security Space Association’s head of legislative affairs Mike Tierney said.
Funding for military space programs — including the Space Force and other space programs across DoD — grew from $17.7 billion in 2021 to $21.8 billion in 2022, Tierney said.
It is reasonable to predict that Congress will continue to support larger space budgets due to concerns about Russian and Chinese anti-satellite weapons and a realization that U.S. space systems are vulnerable, Tierney said.
The request affirms the Pentagon’s “enduring cyberspace missions,” according to Navy Vice Adm. Sara Joyner, the director of force structure, resources, and assessment, and further empowers the leader of U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Paul Nakasone.
It also funds five additional Cyber Mission Force teams, bringing the total to 147. CYBERCOM and its teams are tasked with guarding DoD information technology and executing military operations in the digital domain.
Japan was third on the list with $4.90 billion in space program expenditures in 2022.
France spent $4.20 billion and Russia spent $3.42 billion, rounding out the top-5 countries with the most government spending on space programs in 2022.