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2016


2016 – Satellite Overview

Traditional satellite missions, such as Earth observation, communications, and positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT), continued dominating the global space industry, but other missions are coming forward. Air traffic control and…

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2016 – Annual Space Stations Overview

Space stations enable humans to stay in space for longer periods than would otherwise be possible, providing a platform for scientific research and testing new technologies. Space stations enable humans…

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2016 – Orbital Human Space Launch

The 52 years since the inauguration of human spaceflight have witnessed great strides in developing the technology required to support human life in orbit and... The 52 years since the…

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2016 – Annual Infrastructure Overview

Launching people and satellites into orbit, providing directions to tourists, and warning residents on the Pacific Rim of an impending hurricane…all of these activities require infrastructure, the spine of an…

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2016 – Economy Overview

The global space industry continued to grow in 2016, reaching a total of $329.3 billion. This was slightly higher than the previous record of $328.8 billion in 2014, and a…

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2016 – Spaceports Overview *

For 2016, the busiest orbital spaceport in the world was Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, ahead of 15 other operational orbital spaceports during the year. The spaceport…

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