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Year: 2015
Country: Russia
Russia’s space budget has suffered due to the country’s broader economic crisis. Officials of Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency, announced in December 2015 that,,,
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
Operators of communication satellites lease satellite capacity to satellite broadcasting companies, making the provision of these services possible. For example, DISH Network accounted for nearly a third of Hughes Network’s total revenue in 2015. Satellite communications also include two-way...
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
Country: Russia, United States
The Russian Space Surveillance System (RSSS) consists of a network of ground-based radars and optical telescopes, operated by the Russian Defense Ministry’s Space Control Center (TSKKP), which is responsible for the nation’s space situational awareness (SSA). The RSSS sensors give the nation...
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: 2015
Country: Russia, United States
Missile detection and warning satellites, a type of system first launched into orbit more than forty years ago, are used to monitor potential threats on a global scale. They provide a very high vantage point, using complex systems and technologies to provide notification of possible hostile...
Year: 2016
Country: Russia
Russia’s 2016 space-based early warning missile detection system consists of one satellite, a new generation “Tundra” satellite called Kosmos-2510.
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: Russia
## are the ## operational orbital launch spaceports within Russian territory. However, the busiest Russian orbital launch spaceport continued to be...
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: Russia, United States
The United States is approaching its sixth year without a space launch vehicle capable of transporting humans to space and back. NASA has instead...
Year: 2016
Country: Russia
Russia continued to be the only nation ferrying humans to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2016 with its...
Topic: ISS
Year: 2016
During 2016, the International Space Station (ISS) continued to be the primary inhabited space laboratory orbiting the Earth. An international contingent of scientists, engineers, and researchers used the ISS for various microgravity-based experiments. One ISS program, NASA’s human research...
Year: 2016
Country: Russia
Russia abdicated its customary position as the world’s leader in the number of launches during 2016, coming in ## after the United States and China. The nation launched only ## space launch vehicles (SLVs), but still managed to hold ##% of the global launch market.
This interactive exhibit shows the world's active spaceports for the 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.

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