Commercial Infrastructure and Support Industries
The National Space Council asked for comment on new commercial space systems and how the commercial space sector could be regulated during a pair of online meetings set for November. The council wants input from industry and the public. The move is part of a Biden Administration push to deal with issues including crowded orbits and the safety of space tourists.
A flurry of military and intelligence satellite launches by rival powers this month came as the United States and two dozen partner nations wrapped up the largest global space defense wargame in history.
Russia launched what some leaders have described as a spy satellite for Iran and its own on-orbit snooping satellite Cosmos-2558, which is circling Earth in an orbit conspicuously close to a recently launched U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite, a Netherlands researcher confirmed.
At the end of 2020, more communications satellites orbited the Earth than all communications satellites deployed during the previous 10 years. Operators deployed more than. . .
As readers review the data within the spacecraft section of the Quarter 1 2018 issue of The Space Report, they will probably notice that one company keeps showing up as a significant contributor in the industry of spacecraft manufacturing and operations…
Among the 443 spacecraft launched in 2017, there were 267 commercial payloads, constituting 60.3% of the total. This was more than . . .
Aboard the ## rockets that attempted a launch in 2016, there were ## spacecraft, down ##% from ## in 2015. Of the spacecraft intended for orbit in 2016, ## were nanosatellites weighing less than…
Aboard the 86 rockets that attempted a launch in 2015, there were 262 spacecraft, down 11% from 296 in 2014. Of the spacecraft intended for orbit in 2015, 126 were nanosatellites weighing less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds), a type of satellite whose numbers have increased in recent years.
Aboard the ## rockets that attempted a launch in 2014, there were ## spacecraft. Contributing to this very high number, ## of the spacecraft were nanosatellites weighing less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds), a type of satellite whose numbers have skyrocketed in very recent years. The increase of such light spacecraft activity is mostly related to the growing popularity of cubesats, a subcategory of nanosatellites based on a minimalist and open-source design proposed in 1999 by California Polytechnic State University and Stanford University.