The promise of humans routinely traversing space for the purposes of business and pleasure has been around for nearly as long as...
U.S. Human Space Launch , 2016 , 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...
Chinese Human Space Launch , 2016 , China
China was one of two nations with human space launch vehicles active in 2016. After a three-year hiatus, China launched its...
Russian Human Space Launch , 2016 , Russia
Russia continued to be the only nation ferrying humans to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2016 with its...
China , 2016 , 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...
Bigelow , 2016 , United States
In April 2016, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was launched and attached to the International Space Station (ISS). During transport, the module was...
ISS , 2016 , Canada, European Multinational Efforts, Japan, Russia, United States
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...
Human Space Launch , 2016
Two nations launched humans into the Earth’s orbit using their own space launch vehicles in 2016: Russia and China. Russia continued its space “ridesharing” service to the International Space Station (ISS), charging astronauts...
U.S. Payload Launches , 2016 , United States
U.S. launch activities constituted ##% of global orbital launch activity, matched only by China during 2016. The country’s ## successful launches for 2016 exceeded its 2015 efforts by ##.
Russian Payload Launches , 2016 , 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.
European Payload Launches , 2016 , European Multinational Efforts
Orbital Payload Launch , Russia
Interested in Russian space launch vehicle activity? Please select the associated link to read about it.
Current Launch Activity Lists , China, European Multinational Efforts, India, Japan, Russia, United States
This interactive exhibit shows the world's active spaceports for the year.
Space Stations , 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.
Infrastructure , China, European Multinational Efforts, India, Japan, Russia, United States
Over 20 years of global launch activities are covered in this section. With a total of ## orbital launch attempts worldwide, 2015 fell slightly short of 2014's record of ##. A slight dip in launch activity growth trend was observed, with three failures out of ## launch attempts. During the year,...
Workforce , 2015 , United States
The U.S. space workforce includes commercial, civil, and national security space workers. The commercial and civil workforce continued to decrease in size, with core industry employment dropping ##% from 2013 to 2014, a decrease of ## workers.[