Since 2012, there has been a significant uptick in the number of developing nations entering the space community annually. From 1957 until 2011, the average number of countries entering orbital space per year was two. Between 2012 and 2019, the average number of countries entering space annually increased to four.
The Satellite Sentinel Project, a collaboration between Google, the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and other nongovernmental organizations, is attempting to use similar technology to monitor, and hopefully deter, humanitarian abuses.
As of the end of 2010, 13 U.N. peacekeeping missions around the world use systems that integrate location information with satellite imagery, referred to as geographic information systems (GIS), as part of daily operations.