Global Payload Space Launch Activity by Sector

Global Payload Space Launch Activity by Sector

Proof Point

Global payload space launches reached total of 185 in 2016, with majority from commercial sector

Global Payload Space Launch Activity by Sector

2016 (number of launches and percentage)

Note: Data from U.S. and international orbital launch activities for calendar year 2016, including launches licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA AST).

Proof Point Findings

  • Payloads – Satellite, space probe, on-orbit vehicle or platform that carries humans, animals or cargo during orbital launch, often separated from launch vehicle to continue spaceflight independently
  • Total Worldwide Payloads – Recorded 185 launches in 2016, with 79 (43%) from commercial sector, 67 (36%) from civil, 20 (11%) from non-profit and 19 (10%) from military
  • U.S. Dominated – Made and launched almost half of payloads at 91, with 72 (79%) for commercial purposes
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include rapidly advancing space technology, accelerating space and geological research, expansion of space commercial applications (e.g. big data, network connectivity, and weather services), and increasing government support for space exploration



Date Last Updated

July 15, 2017

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