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2015 - Russia Launch, Human

Country: Russia
In 2015, Russia continued to be the only nation flying humans into space since June 2013. The Russian Soyuz capsule was conceived, designed, and first launched nearly five decades prior to 2015. The Soyuz space launch vehicle that boosted the Soyuz capsule into space has an even longer heritage....

Orbital Payload Launch

The activities of three nations were responsible for nearly 76% of all of the world’s orbital SLV launches in 2015. Russia alone carried out 30% of the global orbital space launches, followed by the United States with a little more than 23%, and China with 22%. Compared to 2014, the number of...

Payload Launch

Topic: Launch
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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...

2015 - European Commercial Space Surveillance

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...

Satellites

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Satellites include a wide variety of systems performing an even wider range of missions from their different orbits. In 2015, launch operators attempted to place 262 spacecraft into orbit (including both satellites and other types of payloads), a decrease of 11% from 296 spacecraft in...

2015 - U.S. Space Surveillance Network

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...

2015 - Russian Missile Detection

Country: Russia
Near the beginning of 2015, Russia’s Oko early warning missile detection satellite system was non-functional. The country remained without space-based missile detection capability until late 2015, when Russia’s military launched the first satellite of its next-generation early warning satellite...

Spaceports

Select the "View Interactive Version" button to see an up-to-date view of current spaceports. Hover over the spaceports in the resulting interactive exhibit to gain more information about the spaceports.Nineteen countries have, are developing, or are planning to host, spaceports. The term...

2015 - Ground Stations and Equipment

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The ground stations and equipment category is the largest part of the commercial infrastructure and support industries sector. Totaling $110.52 billion, it made up 92% of this sector in 2015. Ground stations and equipment comprise the infrastructure on Earth needed to interact with space assets....

2014 - Space Products and Services Overview

Country: United States
People recognize the benefits of space products and services, using creativity to overcome daily existential challenges and improve lives. The space products and services industry crosses the spectrum of demands and necessities, and continued to grow in 2014, sometimes leveraging the same kind of...