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Year: 2016
Country: 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 ##.
This interactive exhibit shows the world's active spaceports for the year.
Country: 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.
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.
Topic: Launch
Year: 2014
Country: China, United States
Launch vehicles vary in size, configuration, and capability. One primary distinction lies in the capability of a launcher to insert an object in an orbital or suborbital trajectory. Suborbital vehicles carry their payloads outside of Earth’s atmosphere, but they do not accelerate to the...
Year: 2014
Country: United States
Every two years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics develops employment projections based on expected developments in the labor force and economy, changes in demographics and technology, and a variety of other factors. In January 2014, BLS released the 2014–2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook,...
Year: 2015
Country: 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...
Year: 2014
Country: United States
At the start of fiscal year (FY) 2015, NASA had ## employees. Since FY 2011, NASA’s workforce has declined by ##%, a loss of just over ## employees. This decrease coincided with the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the cancellation of the Constellation program, and decreasing budget.
Year: 2014
Country: United States
Each quarter, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes data on employment and salaries within U.S. establishments as reported by employers. This census includes ##% of U.S. jobs, making it the most comprehensive data set available for understanding trends in U.S. economy. The structure...
Topic: Workforce
Year: 2014
Country: Japan, United States
A highly skilled workforce is essential to the success of the global space industry. Along with examination of trends in budgets, revenue, and hardware development, analysis of the workforce provides insight into the current and future health of the industry. The space workforce has largely...
Year: 2015
New Zealand gained a potential spaceport as U.S. company Rocket Lab began construction of an orbital launch site in December 2015. Rocket Lab intends to complete launch site construction in early 2016 and begin flight tests of their Electron rocket.
Year: 2015
Country: United States
In the United States and its territories, ##% of the spaceports have active launch site operator licenses granted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The remaining ##% of U.S. spaceports are either proposed, in development, or government-operated. Of the ## current and future...
Topic: Spaceports
Year: 2014
Space launch vehicles and their payloads are prepared and subsequently launched or deployed from facilities called spaceports. The scale of spaceports varies widely, whether measuring the area they cover or the activities they host.
Year: 2015
Country: United States
U.S.-based companies like Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) are developing their own SSA initiatives. Supplying services based more on the USSTRATCOM vision of SSA to space operators, commercial SSA services, processes and teams offer an alternative to JSpOC. Although the notifications from the JSpOC...
Year: 2015
Country: United States
Since July 2010, the United States Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) has collected satellite orbit data and provided SSA to military, government, and commercial satellite operators through sending out predictions of close approaches for operational satellites. In October...
Year: 2015
Country: Canada, United States
Canadian SSA operations are conducted using two satellites: Sapphire and NEOSSat. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) uses Sapphire, which moves around the Earth in a sun-synchronous orbit to detect the reflections of other objects in space. It entered its five-year operational phase...
Year: 2016
Country: United States
The majority of known space-based SSA satellites are run by the U.S. Air Force’s 1st Space Operations Squadron (1 SOPS) from Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Operations were conducted by 1 SOPS for ## SSA satellites during 2015: Advanced Technology Risk Reduction (ATRR); Space Based...
Year: 2014
Country: Russia, United States
As the space around Earth becomes increasingly crowded with satellites and debris, preventing further collisions is essential. Space Situational Awareness (SSA) systems are designed to locate and track objects in Earth’s orbit and predict potential collisions. Even very small objects moving at...
Year: 2015
Country: United States
U.S missile defense has its roots in the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), announced in 1983 by U.S. President Ronald Reagan. SDI was initially intended to defend the United States against the launch of thousands of nuclear-tipped Soviet missiles. SDI would have used a combination of advanced...
Year: 2015
Country: United States
The USAF continued missile detection operations in 2015 using a combination of legacy Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites, two Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO satellites, and three SBIRS HEO sensor payloads hosted on classified satellites. The growth and evolution of the infrared...

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