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Insights into the UCS Satellite Database (January 2023)

have become integral to modern life, impacting sectors like communication, , , and scientific . This article offers an exhaustive analysis of the January 1, 2023 version of the UCS Satellite Database to unearth trends and insights into satellite operators, purposes, orbital classes, users, vehicles, and the age of these satellites.

A separate article will be generated that revisits the analysis and insights on the data, excluding and satellites, since their numbers skew the analysis to show a misleading trend.

Who Controls the Sky: Satellite Countries and Operators

Top 10 Countries by Number of Satellites Operated
Top 10 Operators by Number of Satellites

Why Satellites Are Launched: Their Purposes

Satellites by Purpose

Where Satellites Reside: Orbital Classes

Distribution of Satellites by Class of Orbit

Who Utilizes Satellites: Users

Distribution of Satellites by Users

Yearly Growth of Satellites

Cumulative Satellite Growth by Year

Yearly Growth of Satellites by Mass

Cumulative Mass in Orbit by Year

The Launch Aspect: Vehicles Used

Top 10 by Number of Satellites Launched

Satellite Longevity: Age Analysis

Ages of Satellites Currently in Orbit

Expected Satellites Lifetime


This analysis of the UCS Satellite Database delves into multiple facets of the satellite industry. It provides a 360-degree view, from operators and purposes to launch vehicles and age distribution. This information is invaluable for industry stakeholders, policymakers, and researchers aiming to understand the current landscape and future trends in satellite .



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