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Earth Observation Satellites Contribute to Hurricane Ian Tracking Effort


As Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28, 2022, people around the world were viewing images and videos of the destruction the storm was causing. But arguably the people with the best view of the storm were the astronauts on the International...

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Space Matters: Kennedy's Space Speech 60 Years Ago Transformed the Space Race and the U.S. Economy


Sixty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech still credited for propelling the United States program to the Moon. That undertaking transformed the national economy through technological and scientific advancement and led to product advancements that continue to improve life...

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Prepping for Artemis: Booster Testing, Launchpad Readiness, and More From Q2 of The Space Report


The countdown for Artemis I continues as the Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle passed its launch readiness review Monday, keeping the mission on track to launch in less than a week. The first launch window begins at 8:30 a.m. ET (12:30 p.m. UTC) on...

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Aug. 4 Sets Record for Most Launches in One Day


The beginning of August saw a flurry of launch activity as Aug. 4 set a record for most orbital launches on a single day (based on UTC launch times). The final launch count for the day reached five – three American and two Chinese.

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Earth Observation Satellites Contribute to Hurricane Ian Tracking Effort

September 29, 2022

As Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28, 2022, people around the world were viewing images and videos of the destruction the storm was causing. But arguably the people with the best view of the storm were the astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) who could see the entire system outside their window.

Alongside astronauts, Earth observation (EO) satellites have been watching the storm develop, relaying data to operators like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who can then share predictions with the public.

Space Matters: Kennedy’s Space Speech 60 Years Ago Transformed the Space Race and the U.S. Economy

September 16, 2022

Sixty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech still credited for propelling the United States program…

Prepping for Artemis: Booster Testing, Launchpad Readiness, and More From Q2 of The Space Report

August 26, 2022

The countdown for Artemis I continues as the Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle passed its launch readiness review Monday, keeping the mission on track to launch in less than a week. The first launch window begins at 8:30 a.m. ET (12:30 p.m. UTC) on Aug. 29, with two backup windows in the first week of September.

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Civil Space Spending in Africa (USD), 2021

Total government space spending in 2021 reached $107 billion, a 19% increase from 2020, based on Space Foundation analysis. Space Foundation examined government space spending of 46 nations, including 14 nations new to the analysis this year.

Although the continent’s total space spending is a small fraction of global spending, Africa is quickly becoming a space powerhouse. The African Union’s Agenda 2063 includes the Africa Outer Space Strategy as one of 15 flagship projects “to [accelerate] Africa’s economic growth and development.”

Space Insurance Industry Estimates, 2001-2021

Commercial space activity refers to efforts undertaken by private industry with little or no government investment. Commercial space revenue in 2021 totaled $362 billion.

In 2021, despite high-profile insurance claims on numerous satellites. . . Net premiums totaled $537 million, and incurred losses were $362 million.

Spacecraft Value by Market, 2017-2021

Commercial space activity refers to efforts undertaken by private industry with little or no government investment. Commercial space revenue in 2021 totaled $362 billion.

Commercial spacecraft manufacturing revenue was estimated to be $4.3 billion in 2021, an increase of 6% over the estimated $4 billion in revenue in 2020. The growth from 2020 to 2021 reflects the increase in the number of payloads launched, while also recognizing efficiencies and cost-savings achieved by companies utilizing small satellite technology and mass manufacturing techniques.

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