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Whether suborbital or orbital, the world remained busy launching vehicles into space. The distinction between suborbital and orbital launch is very specific. Suborbital launches lack the speed to carry payloads into Earth’s orbit, and they have trajectories that return them to Earth. Orbital...

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Employment

Country: Japan
Employment at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2017 was 1,515. This was approximately the same as employment in 2016. The JAXA workforce is primarily made up of Engineers and Researchers, which account for 68% of employees. JAXA has been able to maintain a relatively large number of...

Japanese Space Industry Employment

Country: Japan
The Japanese space workforce grew by 325 jobs from 2015 to 2016, an increase of 3.8%. The workforce is up 73.1% since a low point in 2008, reaching its highest point since 1997, the earliest year for which data is available from the Society for Japanese Aerospace Companies. This growth has largely...

U.S. Space Industry Employment

Country: United States
In 2016, private industry space companies in the United States employed 128,163 professionals. This is 1.6% fewer than in 2015, continuing an 8-year trend of decline in the size of the commercial U.S. space workforce. Since 2006, the workforce has declined by more than 20%. There are some...


 The year 2017 was a significant one for spacecraft, with a record-setting 443 satellites deployed. This was a 96% increase from 2016 and easily broke the previous satellite deployment record of 240 in 2014. U.S. satellite operators across all three segments—commercial, civil government, and...

2017 - Other Countries, Launch, Payload

In 2017, Iran was the only other nation to attempt an orbital launch. Iran conducted a single test launch of its Simorgh SLV during 2017, giving the nation a 1% share of overall 2017 global orbital launch activities. While the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) claimed the Simorgh launch was successful, it...

Annual Economy Overviews

The global space industry grew 7.4% in 2017, reaching a total of $383.5 billion. This continues a broad upward trend that spans more than a decade. Traditional sectors for space commerce have continued to grow and are being joined by innovative new space companies. Governments continue to recognize...

2017 - Government Space Budgets Overview

The space investments of governments continue to shift on the basis of national priorities and politics. U.S. space spending decreased slightly, continuing a trend that began in 2016. Meanwhile, India, Italy, and the United Kingdom (UK) increased their space spending by more than 25% to fund...

2017 - Additional Country Space Budgets

There are more than 50 space agencies worldwide, with nations on every inhabited continent involved in space activities. The exhibit below shows the most recent available annual budget for civil space activities in a selection of these nations.

2017 - Satellite Manufacturing

Among the 443 spacecraft launched in 2017, there were 267 commercial payloads, constituting 60.3% of the total. This was more than triple the number of commercial payloads launched in 2016. Eurospace estimated that commercial spacecraft represented $6.82 billion in manufacturing revenue in 2017,...