Insights into FAA Licensed Launches from 1989 to August 31, 2022

This article visualizes data from FAA licensed launches from 1989 to August 31, 2022. Top insights from the data for the period:

36% were SpaceX launches

53% used a Florida launch site

88% were orbital

33% utilized Falcon 9 launch vehicles

Note that the FAA only licenses commercial launches and does not license Department of Defense or NASA launches. For more information on the role of FAA in commercial space, please see What is the FAA’s Role in Commercial Space – A Quick Overview. To understand how the US Commercial Space Industry came to be, please see Origins of the US Commercial Space Industry – A Quick Overview.


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