Space Force Unveils Antisatellite Weapons Program, Reserve Branch Plans at Senate Hearing
Space Force leaders pulled back the veil of secrecy on one of the service’s most-secretive programs and made a push for congressional authorization of a new part-time branch during a May 2 hearing before the Senate.
U.S. Space Employment Continues Slow, Steady Climb Since 2016
In 2022, more than 201,009 individuals worked in key sectors of the U.S. space economy, an increase of approximately 1% from 2021. Understanding trends in private sector and government space employment can provide insight into the health and future direction of the U.S. space industry.
Representation of Women and Minorities among Senior Officials and Management Compared to Representation in U.S. Workforce, 2020
While all U.S. space companies with at least 100 employees (or at least 50 employees if they do work for the government) are required to collect information on diversity and report it to the U.S. government, most do not make this data available to the public.
Quilty Analytics 2023 Q1 Quarterly Transactional Update
After gearing down in mid-2022, transaction volumes across the satellite and space ecosystem continued at the new pace of normal during the first quarter of the new year.
Active Launch Vehicle Operators by Type, 2000-2022
Orbital launch attempts have more than tripled since a lull in activity in the early 2000s bottomed out at 55 attempts in 2004. Part of the rapid growth in the past few years is due to a sharp increase in launch vehicle operators after a long period with an average just shy of 10 distinct operators per year.
International Space Station Experiments Freshen Laundry on Earth
In an ever-expanding space ecosystem, partnerships between the International Space Station and the private sector are growing more frequent. Product development with the assistance of NASA . . .
NASA Civil Servant Workforce, FY 2013-2023
In 2022, NASA was named the best place to work in the federal government among large agencies for the 10th year in a row. NASA attributed this “decade of excellence” to the agency’s continuing dedication to supporting and strengthening its workforce.
Representation of Women and Minorities in Selected Industries, 2020
In the U.S. population as a whole, minorities (non-white individuals) make up nearly 42% of the workforce. Similar proportions of minorities are seen in Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing and Telecommunications.
Spaceport Development: Progress is Slow, but Global Interest is Strong
As the pace of small satellite development and global launches continues to accelerate, nations around the world are developing spaceport policies and courting launch providers and other space industries with the intent of expanding their access space.
U.S. Space Industry Employment and U.S. Total Employment Relative to 2011
Employment at U.S. private sector space companies grew nearly 2% from 2021 to 2022, reaching 155,973 people in five employment classifications, based on preliminary estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues a consistent pattern of growth since 2016.