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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.
Year: 2014
Each year, Eurospace, an association of the European space manufacturing industry, carries out a survey of the European space industry. The survey focuses on design, development, and manufacturing; it does not include companies specializing in space services, such as launch or satellite operations,...
Year: 2015
ESA conducts orbital space launches from its only spaceport: Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. Guiana Space Center launches the Soyuz, Ariane 5, and Vega space launch vehicles. The European spaceport is one of the closest active spaceports to the Earth’s equator.
Year: 2015
Collision avoidance is gaining the attention of commercial satellite operators as the Earth’s orbits continue to become more congested. A non-profit association of satellite operators from the Isle of Man, the Space Data Association, offers conjunction assessment services to its members. The...
Year: 2015
The European Space Agency is funding its own SSA program, mandated in 2008, launched in 2009, and funded through 2016. Europe’s increasing dependence on space-based services and infrastructure was a key factor in developing alternatives to non-European SSA sources. ESA’s SSA activities involve...
Year: 2015
The number of surface imaging satellites launched continued to grow in 2015. The sub-category dominated the greater category of Earth observation and remote sensing satellites launched in 2015, taking a nearly ##% share. The majority of surface imaging satellites literally provide a picture of...
Year: 2015
The European Union’s space-based PNT efforts began in 2005, making 2015 the tenth anniversary for its PNT efforts. Galileo, the European PNT satellite system, is scheduled to be complete by 2020. For 2014, Europe owned ##% of the total global operational PNT satellites in orbit that. During 2014,...
Year: 2014
The military and commercial value of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) systems has gained such prominence that PNT systems are often considered to be critical infrastructure. The proliferation of smartphones and other consumer devices that rely on PNT services has spread this dependence...
Topic: ISS
Year: 2015
In 2015, the ISS was the only inhabited space station orbiting the Earth. By July 2015, an international cadre of 220 men and women had temporarily lived aboard the ISS as builders, scientists, and explorers since people first entered the station in November 2000. The crew aboard the ISS continued...
Year: 2014
While satellites are essentially a platform upon which useful equipment can be mounted, space stations are a fundamentally different kind of asset. Space stations have been envisioned as permanent or semi-permanent bases where astronauts could take advantage of the microgravity and vacuum...
Year: 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave three companies—Masten Space Systems, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing—about $## million each to continue work in 2015 on the U.S. Air Force’s XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane. The XS-1 is expected to place payloads with a mass of up to...
Year: 2014
EUMETSAT, which operates a pan-European system of meteorological satellites, operated with a 2013 budget (the most recent year for which data is publicly available) of €## million (US$## million). Since the beginning, EUMETSAT and ESA have maintained strong ties, and ESA was in charge of...
Year: 2014
ESA operated with a 2014 budget of €## billion (US$## billion), a ##% decrease from the 2013 budget of €## billion (US$## billion). As in recent years, the largest three ESA funding line items were Earth observation activities at ##%, activities related to the Ariane and Vega launch vehicles at...
Year: 2014
A growing share of the European public investment in civil space programs is funded by the European Union under the auspices of its executive body, the EC, which promotes two European flagship initiatives—the navigation system Galileo and the environment monitoring system of systems Copernicus,...
Year: 2014
Civil government spending on space programs and activities in Europe comes from four distinct sources: activities directed by the European Union (EU) and executed by the European Commission (EC), which are mostly implemented by ESA acting as the procurement and development agency; activities by ESA...
Year: 2014
More than ## billion smartphones incorporated location-based services (LBS) and applications in 2014, making these devices the most popular positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) tools on the market. A recent market assessment provided by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) noted that the...
Year: 2015
For fiscal year (FY) 2015, NASA spent $## billion on ISS systems operations and research, a decrease of $## million from the $## billion spent in FY 2014. ISS Crew and Cargo Transportation increased by $## million from $## billion in FY 2014 to $## billion in FY 2015. Funding for the commercial...

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