Commercial space activity refers to efforts undertaken by private industry with little or no government investment. Commercial space revenue in 2021 totaled $362 billion.
After a decades-long hibernation, nuclear fission power has come back into fashion for NASA and other agencies as a way to deliver power to remote locations and drive spacecraft at speeds other fuels cannot deliver.
Russia’s use of hypersonic weapons in Ukraine is the latest escalation in a growing arms race for missiles that can travel through the atmosphere at more than Mach 5. The U.S. and its allies are accelerating spending on hypersonic weapons development, but haven’t fielded one to date, prompting leaders to fear a missile gap. . .
The Space economy hit $447 billion in 2021 and the pace of growth was expected to accelerate in 2022.
While increased congestion and debris from a Russian anti-satellite weapons test roiled insurance markets for some spacecraft in low Earth orbit, increases in launch reliability and a booming marketplace with historic numbers of satellites . . .
2021 analysis shows how strongly communications spacecraft deployments continued to dominate payload launches.
This interactive chart tracks 2021 launch attempts and shows that commercial launches have become the largest mission sector in the United States.
Seven nations conducted orbital launches in 2021, with China, the United States and Russia continuing a years-long lead in launch activity.
Unprecedented numbers of spacecraft were deployed during 2021. For the year, space operators successfully deployed 1,730 spacecraft, an increase of 29% from 2020’s deployments of 1,340. Companies and operators from 33 nations took part. . .
Mankind could soon be able to exploit asteroids to obtain natural resources for use on Earth, gather ingredients for missions in space, and support habitation on the Moon and Mars.