Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Study: Satellite Launches to Increase 50%

A press release on the Euroconsult EC web site estimates that "1,145 satellites will be built for launch during the next ten years (2011-2020), 51% more satellites than the previous decade."

Government agencies from 50 countries will launch a total of 777 satellites in the decade ahead, though more than 80% of these satellites will come from the six major space powers ( i.e. the United States, Russia, the European countries, Japan, China, and India). Accounting for this 80% is the fact that established space countries are replacing systems that have already been operational, in addition to launching new satellites, whereas newcomers are only building and launching new systems, as they are not yet at the stage of replacing existing satellites.

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