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Country: China, United States
One small startup company, Ursa Space Systems, uses data from space based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems to inform those interested in the oil market. The satellites fly...
Year: 2015
China is one of three nations, along with the United States and Russia, capable of launching humans to space, though it has not done so since 2013. China is developing...
Year: 2015
Brazil has been experiencing widespread economic challenges in recent years, with almost no growth in GDP in 2014, and an estimated ##% decline in 2015. These broader...
Year: 2015
Country: China, United States
The commercial remote sensing industry was estimated at $## billion in 2015. Market research firm Northern Sky Research expects this to grow to $## billion by 2024. Much of this growth will be driven by the information products segment of the industry, which is taking advantage of higher resolution...
Year: 2016
Attempted orbital launches decreased from ## in 2015 to ## in 2016. Of these ## launches, ## successfully reached orbit. There were ## launch attempts for commercial payloads...
Year: 2016
While the U.S. Air Force (USAF) maintained ## operational satellites in its Global Positioning System (GPS) positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) fleet, the U.S. share of overall global operational PNT satellites ## from ##% in 2015 to ##% in 2016. This was due to other nations, such as...
Year: 2016
Country: China, Russia
Although Russia increased the overall number of its Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) satellites, the number of operational GLONASS satellites decreased by ## during 2016. The country’s share of the world’s operational PNT satellites shrank...
Year: 2016
Country: China, Russia
China’s expansion of its positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) constellation, BeiDou, continued during 2016. The country’s share of the world’s orbiting operational PNT satellites increased to ##%, ## more than its share in 2015. China’s share of PNT satellites exceeded...
Year: 2015
The number of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) satellites orbiting the Earth increased by ##% from the end of 2014 through 2015. Of the ## nations fielding space-based PNT satellites or systems, the biggest contributors to the number of satellites in 2015 were the European Union and China....
Year: 2016
Earth observation used to be the domain of a nation’s civil agencies and military. In 2016, ## spacecraft were launched or deployed in the Earth’s orbit. More than ##, ##, of those spacecraft were launched with an Earth observation mission. Some commercial Earth observation satellites even...
Topic: Orbits
Year: 2016
As in previous years, the most used orbit type is l##. In 2016, ##% of the ### spacecraft launched or deployed around the Earth were inserted into ##. The effective range of this type of...
Year: 2016
Country: China
China opened another spaceport in 2016, giving the country ## spaceports with which to conduct space vehicle launch operations: Xichang...
Year: 2015
The activities of three nations were responsible for nearly ##% of all of the world’s orbital SLV launches in 2015. Russia alone carried out ##% of the global orbital space launches, followed by the United States with a little more than ##%, and China with ##%. Compared to 2014, the number of...
Year: 2016
Country: China
China was one of two nations with human space launch vehicles active in 2016. After a three-year hiatus, China launched its...
Topic: China
Year: 2016
Country: China
China launched a new space station laboratory in the middle of September 2016, making China the only nation to have two space stations in orbit, although one appears to no longer be...
Year: 2016
Country: China
China’s share of the global orbital launch market for 2016 matched that of ### and exceeded all other launch providers. The nation’s launch rate of ## in 2016 was the highest number of launch attempts China conducted and the first time the country went over ## launches in a single year. China...
This interactive exhibit shows the world's active spaceports for the year.
Country: China, United States
The ISS and other space stations occasionally deploy small satellites from various launchers, or even by hand. This log monitors the number and type of small satellite deployed from the space stations each year.
Year: 2014
Note: The exhibit in this section is from The Space Report 2015. Please refer to this year's exhibits for the most current data as numbers may have been revised since this edition was published.
Topic: Launch
Year: 2014
Country: China, United States
Launch vehicles vary in size, configuration, and capability. One primary distinction lies in the capability of a launcher to insert an object in an orbital or suborbital trajectory. Suborbital vehicles carry their payloads outside of Earth’s atmosphere, but they do not accelerate to the...

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