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,...
2015 , Azerbaijan, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, European Multinational Efforts, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Norway, United States
The space industry operates at the cutting edge of technology and requires a highly skilled, highly trained workforce to build, launch, and utilize space assets. Trends in the size and composition of this workforce provide insight into ongoing dynamics and future health of the sector.
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.[
U.S Army Space Workforce , 2015 , United States
The next largest security space workforce in the United States is within the Army, with more than ## billets for FY 2016, ##% more than the ## billets in FY 2015. The ## Space Operations Officers (FA40) make up about ##% of this total, with the remaining ## made up of Space Enablers. Space...
Infrastructure , 2015
Constellations of communications satellites have been in use since the 1990s, and several companies are either in the midst of deploying second-generation constellations or completely new ones. Globalstar, Iridium, and Orbcomm were the first three major companies to create this type of...
U.S. Space Workforce , 2015 , United States
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) collects data on employment and salaries within U.S. establishments as reported by employers each year, covering ##% of U.S. jobs. Establishments are assigned to categories based on the activity in which they are primarily engaged. Continuity in collection...
Japanese Space Workforce , 2015 , Japan
The workforce of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) remained steady, adding eight employees for an increase of approximately ##%. With slight growth in the past two years, the agency has ended a trend of decline that stretches back at least to 2004. The JAXA workforce in 2015, with ##...
Japanese Space Workforce , 2015 , Japan
The Japanese space workforce increased by ##% from 2013 to 2014, reaching ## workers. This is nearly ##% larger than the size of the space workforce five years prior, in 2009. The increase from 2013 to 2014 was driven by a ##% increase in the space vehicle sector, which added ## workers. Another ##...
Workforce , 2015
The exhibit below provides a snapshot of workforce sizes in space agencies around the world, based on publicly available information from a variety of sources. Care should be taken in directly comparing these estimates. Some of the variance in space agency size is due to differences in...
U.S. Space Industry Employment , 2015 , United States
In December 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). The OOH provides employment projections for the decade from 2014 to 2024. Among the ## occupational profiles are four particularly applicable to the space industry: Aerospace Engineers,...