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Space Products & Innovation Plant Growth – TSRQ1 2021

By Wendy Perelstein | March 23, 2021
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Introduction | The successful cultivation of plants is a necessary part of every human civilization. Space agencies for decades have recognized multiple advantages associated with growing plants to benefit astronauts on long-duration missions, and by 2015,the first vegetables grown and eaten in space were cultivated on the International Space Station’s Vegetable Production System (Veggie). Space…

Nation in Review: India – TSRQ1 2021

By Liz Henderson | March 22, 2021
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Introduction | The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has seen tremendous demand for its space services in the past few decades, spurring a necessary transformation to a more comprehensive partnership with the country’s private sector. India’s Launch Activity From 1975 to December 2020, ISRO has launched 111 spacecraft, 103 of which were successful. Since 1999,…

Launches and New Vehicle Debuts Climbed in 2020, But So Did the Failure Rate

By Becki Yukman | March 15, 2021
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Introduction | The global launch pace set in 2020 tied as the highest in decades, but with that came an increase in risk and a shift in the major players. Of the 114 attempts last year, 10 did not succeed—an 8.8% failure rate that is 1.8 times higher than the 40- year average and nearly…

The S-Network Space Index℠Q1 2021 Performance

By Wendy Perelstein | March 15, 2021
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The S-Network Space Index℠ tracks a global portfolio of publicly traded companies that are active in space-related businesses such as satellite-based telecommunications; transmission of television and radio content via satellite; launch vehicle and satellite manufacturing, deployment, operation, and maintenance; manufacturing of ground equipment that relies on satellite systems; development of space technology and hardware; and…

Quilty Analysis TSRQ1 2021

By Wendy Perelstein | March 15, 2021
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Quilty Analytics: Q1 M&A, Investment Pumps Billions into Space Sector Q121 Quarterly Transactions Update Sentiment remained highly favorable for acquisition and investment in space-related companies during the first quarter of 2021. Twelve space-related acquisitions/buyouts generated more than $10 billion in disclosed transaction enterprise value in Q1, while 44 private equity and venture financings for space-related…

Launch Log, 2021

By Becki Yukman | March 3, 2021
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Interested in global space launch vehicle satellite activity? Please select the associated link to read about it. Launch data is updated every day during weekdays, excluding U.S. holidays. Related Resources Launch Log, 2020 Launch Log 2004 Launch Log 2019 Launch Log 2018

U.S. Space Workforce Continues Steady Growth During Pandemic – TSRQ1 2021

By Wendy Perelstein | March 1, 2021
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Introduction | In 2020, the U.S. space workforce included more than 192,000 workers. Preliminary data suggests that the sector has been resilient to the challenges of the global pandemic, increasing 5% over 2019. More than three-quarters of all space workers are employed in private sector companies that develop and manufacture space systems or in companies…

Mars Missions: In-Service Spacecraft and Successes and Failures

By Lesley Conn | February 24, 2021

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Space Force: Mission Moves Forward as New Branch Begins Its Second Year

By Lesley Conn | February 16, 2021
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The U.S. Space Force (USSF) has marked its first anniversary and secured a public affirmation from President Biden’s administration that the nation’s newest military branch will endure, allowing Space Force leadership to confidently move forward with its mission. From the outset, the U.S. Space Force had a daunting charge: Assume responsibility for  multiple systems and…

Nation in Review: Germany

By Lesley Conn | January 26, 2021
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Budget Overview Germany’s overall space spending has increased 56% since 2009, and its domestic space spending in 2019 increased more than 30% from 2018, reaching €1.3 billion (US$1.53 billion). Finalized budget information for 2020 German space spending will not be available until early 2021. And while the nation’s 2019 contributions to ESA increased 3.6% to…