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Space Products & Innovation Plant Growth

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The successful cultivation of plants is a necessary part of every human civilization. Space agencies for decades have recognized multiple advantages associated with growing plants to benefit astronauts on long-duration missions. . .

Nation in Review: India

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Introduction | The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has seen tremendous demand for its space services in the past few decades, spurring a necessary transformation to a more comprehensive partnership with the country’s private sector. India’s Launch Activity From 1975 to December 2020, ISRO has launched 111 spacecraft, 103 of which were successful. Since 1999,…

Space Force: Mission Moves Forward as New Branch Begins Its Second Year

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The U.S. Space Force (USSF) has marked its first anniversary and secured a public affirmation from President Biden’s administration that the nation’s newest military branch will endure, allowing Space Force leadership to confidently move forward with its mission. . .

Launches and New Vehicle Debuts Climbed in 2020, But So Did the Failure Rate

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The global launch pace set in 2020 tied as the highest in decades, but with that came an increase in risk and a shift in the major players. Of the 114 attempts last year, 10 did not succeed—an 8.8% failure rate that is 1.8 times higher than the 40-year average and nearly five times higher than the 2018 failure rate, which also had 114 launches. Two factors that correlate with launch failures area higher number of orbital launch attempts . . .

The S-Network Space Index℠ Q1 2021 Performance

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The S-Network Space Index℠ tracks a global portfolio of publicly traded companies that are active in space-related businesses such as satellite-based telecommunications; transmission of television and radio content via satellite; launch vehicle and satellite manufacturing, deployment, operation, and maintenance; manufacturing of ground equipment that relies on satellite systems; development of space technology and hardware; and…

Quilty Analytics: Q1 M&A, Investment Pumps Billions into Space Sector

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Sentiment remained highly favorable for acquisition and investment in space-related companies during the first quarter of 2021. Twelve space-related acquisitions/buyouts generated more than $10 billion in disclosed transaction enterprise value in Q1. . .

Launch Log, 2021

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Interested in global space launch vehicle satellite activity? Please select the associated link to read about it. Launch data is updated every day during weekdays, excluding U.S. holidays.

U.S. Space Workforce Continues Steady Growth During Pandemic

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In 2020, the U.S. space workforce included more than 192,000 workers. Preliminary data suggests that the sector has been resilient to the challenges of the global pandemic, increasing 5% over 2019. More than three-quarters of all space workers are. . .

Nation in Review: Germany

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Germany’s overall space spending has increased 56% since 2009, and its domestic space spending in 2019 increased more than 30% from 2018, reaching €1.3 billion (US$1.53 billion). Finalized budget information for 2020 German space spending will not be available until early 2021. . .

Full Story: 2020 in Launches: Successes, Failures, and Everything in Between

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This was the year of the partial success. From the LauncherOne demo to the maiden flight of the KZ-11, 2020 saw explosions and anomalies around the world. Companies such as Virgin Orbit and SpaceX released launch summaries of these failures, emphasizing what went right and what was learned. This is notably different than, say, the…