Space

Who owns our orbit: Just how many satellites are there in space?

There are nearly 6,000 satellites circling the Earth, but only 40% are operational. Image: Unsplash/Space X

Therese Wood

Writer, Visual Capitalist

Share:

Our Impact
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Space is affecting economies, industries and global issues
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale

Stay up to date:

Space

Over half of satellites in space are non-operational. Image: Visual Capitalist

Have you read?

Nearly 10,000 satellites will be launched form 2019-2028. Image: Visual Capitalist
Over 1,000 satellites are for communication purposes. Image: Visual Capitalist
54% of operational satellites are for commercial use. Image: Visual Capitalist
SpaceX owns 22% of the commercial satellites. Image: Visual Capitalist
SpaceX currently owns 358 satellites. Image: Visual Capitalist
China owns 356 operational satellites. Image: Visual Capitalist

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:

SpaceInfrastructureAerospace

Share:

Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

How 3D-printing rockets and living on Mars could help us back on Earth
About Us
Events
Media
Partners & Members
Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2022 World Economic Forum