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2015 – Satellite Manufacturing

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.

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2015 – Launch Industry

Attempted orbital launches decreased from 92 in 2014 to 86 in 2015.  Of these 86 launches, 83 successfully reached orbit. There were 22 launch attempts for commercial payloads and the other 64 were for government payloads. Eurospace, the European space industry association, estimates that the global market value for orbital launches in 2015 was $8.01 billion, essentially the same as the 2014 value of $8.10 billion.

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Space Technology Hall of Fame and Space Certification – 2015 Inductees

The two 2015 inductees for the Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame.

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