Driven by the pace of SpaceX and OneWeb as the two companies build out their low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband constellation networks, communications satellite deployments in 2020 climbed 477% from 2019.
Thousands more satellites will join SpaceX and OneWeb as these companies and their competitors carry out their plans. One LEO broadband operator is already conducting continent-spanning tests using technology previously unavailable to consumers.
Communications satellites weren’t the only source of growth. Preliminary totals from NORAD place all 2020 spacecraft deployment at more than 1,200 — triple the amount deployed in 2019, according to The Space Report 2020 Q4.
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