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Do government run space organizations make any money from services they provide (for example NASA's data about the Earth or their services for aviation companies)?
Or do they provide all their services for free and just get funding from the government?

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  • $\begingroup$ It would be nice to get a general overview of the money flow around NASA - like where does the money from commercial launches go? What if NASA generated a surplus? $\endgroup$
    – SF.
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ "What if NASA generated a surplus?" If only, my friend. If only. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:36
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    $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble Yeah, I know, such unrealistic sci-fi scenarios aren't much on-topic here. $\endgroup$
    – SF.
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 12:38
  • $\begingroup$ Note that they don't just get funding; the money is earmarked for specific purposes (budgets). $\endgroup$
    – user10509
    Commented Jul 24, 2018 at 14:16

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Yes, for example, NASA does collect money from licensing patents. As Organic Marble hints in the comments, NASA does not turn a profit. Even if they could, this is not the purpose of NASA.

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