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2015 - U.S. Suborbital

Country: United States
NASA’s efforts with its Commercial Crew Program and Space Launch System primarily focus on launching humans into Earth orbit and beyond. However, other organizations and companies are pursuing the goal of reusable suborbital launch vehicles for humans.Blue Origin provided a glimpse of the future...

2015 - Orbital Human Space Launch

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In 2015, Russia was the only nation conducting flights of humans to space and back. While countries such as the United States and China continued with plans for their own human spaceflight programs, Russia ferried citizens from the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, and other nations to the...

U.S. National Security Workforce

Country: United States
The United States maintains a large national security space workforce to support space activities in the DoD and intelligence agencies. Although all of the military branches maintain space professionals, the greatest concentration of national security space workers is found in the U.S. Air Force...

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...

Communications Satellites

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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...

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...