The geolocation and navigation sector makes up the largest portion of commercial space products and services, with estimated 2015 revenues of €## billion (US$## billion), according the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA). As calculated in euros by GSA, this is ##% more than the €## billion (US$## billion) in revenue seen in 2014. Geolocation…
Missile detection and warning satellites, a type of system first launched into orbit more than forty years ago, are used to monitor potential threats on a global scale. They provide a very high vantage point, using complex systems and technologies to provide notification of possible hostile activities, such as missile launches occurring in areas of interest.
The commercial remote sensing industry was estimated at $## billion in 2015. Market research firm Northern Sky Research expects this to grow to $## billion by 2024. Much of this growth will be driven by the information products segment of the industry, which is taking advantage of higher resolution imagery and big data analytics products.
Operators of communication satellites lease satellite capacity to satellite broadcasting companies, making the provision of these services possible. For example, DISH Network accounted for nearly a third of Hughes Network’s total revenue in 2015. Satellite communications also include two-way data, voice, and video connections. Revenues for the satellite communications segment in 2015 were…
In 2015, the ISS was the only inhabited space station orbiting the Earth. By July 2015, an international cadre of 220 men and women had temporarily lived aboard the ISS as builders, scientists, and explorers since people first entered the station in November 2000. The crew aboard the ISS continued conducting research in a microgravity environment, as well as observing the impacts of long-term habitation in space on the human body during 2015.
The next largest security space workforce in the United States is within the Army, with more than ## billets for FY 2016, ##% more than the ## billets in FY 2015. The ## Space Operations Officers (FA40) make up about ##% of this total, with the remaining ## made up of Space Enablers. Space Operations Officers are specialists in space activities, with principal duties related to space assets. They are professionally trained and provide in-depth expertise and experience for Army space activities.
During 2015, the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC), located in India’s Sriharikota Range, was India’s only spaceport supporting orbital space vehicle launches. The SDSC supported the launch of the Polar and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles and their variants. All ## of India’s 2015 launches to low and geosynchronous Earth orbit were conducted from SDSC.
Of Japan’s two spaceports, Tanegashima and Uchinoura Space Centers, Tanegashima was the only spaceport conducting orbital space launch vehicle launches in 2015. Uchinoura conducted ## sounding rocket launch during 2015.
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