Dataset of Commercial Satellites in Space
This dataset contains 3207 entries.

  Overview

This is a dataset of commercial satellites, based on UCS Satellite Database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS).

Most commercial satellites are launched for the purpose of communications (79.5%).Most commercial satellites are launched for the purpose of communications (79.5%).Majority of these satellites are LEO satellites, with around 2847 (88.8%) launched so far.


  Data Table

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Insights from the commercial satellite dataset

  Which year saw the most commercial satellites launched?

That year is 2021, which saw 1216 commercial satellites launched.

  Who operates or owns the most commercial satellites?

SpaceX owns/operates the most number of commercial satellites (1655 - 51.6% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which country operates or owns the most commercial satellites?

USA owns/operates the most number of commercial satellites (2344 - 73.1% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which rocket has delivered the most commercial satellites to space?

The rocket that has delivered the most commercial satellites to space is Falcon 9 which has delivered 1902 satellites (59.3%).

  Which launch site has launched the most commercial satellites to space?

The launch site that has delivered the most commercial satellites to space is Cape Canaveral which has launched 1915 commercial satellites (59.7%).

  What is the most common type of satellite orbit?

Non-Polar Inclined orbit is the most common type of orbit (1836 satellites - 57.2%).

  Apogee, Perigee & Period

The perigees (point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 258km to 36,000km, with the average perigee being 4,226.7km from the Earth, while the apogees (point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 280km to 47,100km, with the average apogee being 4,282.3km from the Earth. The longest period a satellite takes to orbit around the Earth is 1,450 minutes.

  Satellite Mass

The launch masses (include fuel) of the satellites range from 1kg to 7,075kg, while the dry masses (excluding fuel) of the satellites range from 6kg to 5,624kg.


Highlights on some of the commercial satellites:

ÑuSat-19.

Satellogic is creating a searchable Earth

  Second heaviest satellite launched by Satellogic S.A. into space at 37 kg

Designed for earth observation (Optical and Hyperspectral Imaging), ÑuSat-19 is a commercial satellite operated by Satellogic S.A. (Argentina).

A sun-synchronous LEO satellite, it was launched into space using Falcon 9 as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral on 30 June 2021. ÑuSat-19 was constructed by Satellogic (Argentina).

ÑuSat-19 has a launch mass of 37 kg and orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2021-059AC and NORAD ID 48905.

With an orbital eccentricity of 8.70E-04, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 524km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 536km. It takes 95 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 97 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare ÑuSat-19 with SkySat-4 from USA.

 Compare ÑuSat-19 with Saudisat-5B from Saudi Arabia.


Jilin-1 Gaofen 03B-01.

Long March-11 launches Jilin-1 Gaofen-03-1 from a ship at sea

  Second heaviest satellite launched from Yellow Sea Launch Platform into space at 40 kg

Jilin-1 Gaofen 03B-01 is a commercial satellite operated by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. (China) for the purpose of earth observation (Optical Imaging).

A sun-synchronous LEO satellite, it was launched into space using Long March 11 as the launch vehicle from Yellow Sea Launch Platform on 14 September 2020. Jilin-1 Gaofen 03B-01 was constructed by Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. (China).

Jilin-1 Gaofen 03B-01 has a launch mass of 40 kg and orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2020-065A and NORAD ID 46454.

With an orbital eccentricity of 1.16E-03, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 531km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 547km. It takes 95 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Jilin-1 Gaofen 03B-01 with Dove 2p-9 from USA.

 Compare Jilin-1 Gaofen 03B-01 with Cosmos 2550 from Russia.


TeLEOS 1.

TeLEOS-1, made-in-Singapore earth observation satellite

  Heaviest satellite launched by Singapore into space at 400 kg

A commercial satellite, TeLEOS 1 is operated by AgilSpace of Singapore for the purpose of earth observation (Optical Imaging).

Constructed by ST Electronics Ltd. (Singapore), it was launched into space on 16 December 2015 using PSLV C29 as the launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre. TeLEOS 1 orbits around the Earth as a equatorial LEO satellite.

Designated with COSPAR ID 2015-077D and NORAD ID 41169, TeLEOS 1 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 5 years. It has a launch mass of 400 kg.

Taking 96 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 535km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 550km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.08E-03 and it orbits at an inclination of 15 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare TeLEOS 1 with CFOSat from China/France.

 Compare TeLEOS 1 with Aerocube 14A from USA.


AsiaStar.

V128 Ariane 505 Start Asiastar

AsiaStar is a commercial satellite operated by 1Worldspace (USA) for the purpose of communications.

Delivered via Ariane 5G (launch vehicle) from Guiana Space Center, it was launched into space on 21 March 2000 and orbits the Earth as a GEO satellite. AsiaStar was constructed by Alcatel Space Industries (France).

Designed with an operational lifetime of 15 years, AsiaStar has a launch mass of 2,775 kg and dry mass of 1,530 kg. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2000-016A and NORAD ID 26107.

Taking 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,773km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,801km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 3.32E-04.

With generated usable power of 5600 watts, AsiaStar orbits along the longitude of 105 degrees.

 

 Compare AsiaStar with Telkom 3S from Indonesia.

 Compare AsiaStar with Eutelsat Hot Bird 13C from Multinational.


Starlink-3003.

Watch SpaceX deploy Starlink satellites in glorious view from space

  Heaviest satellite launched by SpaceX into space at 260 kg

Starlink-3003 is a commercial satellite operated by SpaceX (USA) for the purpose of communications.

A sun-synchronous LEO satellite, it was launched into space using Falcon 9 as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral on 30 May 2021. Starlink-3003 was constructed by SpaceX (USA).

With a launch mass of 260kg, Starlink-3003 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 4 years. It orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2021-059A and NORAD ID 48879.

With an orbital eccentricity of 1.52E-03, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 515km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 536km. It takes 95 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Starlink-3003 with Starlink-1131 from USA.

 Compare Starlink-3003 with ORBCOMM FM-20 from USA.


Telstar 19 Vantage.

Telstar 19 VANTAGE deployment

  Third heaviest GEO satellite launched into space at 7,075 kg

Designed for communications, Telstar 19 Vantage is a commercial satellite operated by Telesat Canada Ltd. (BCE, Inc.) (Canada).

Delivered via Falcon 9 (launch vehicle) from Cape Canaveral, it was launched into space on 22 July 2018 and orbits the Earth as a GEO satellite. Telstar 19 Vantage was constructed by Space Systems/Loral (USA).

With a launch mass of 7,075kg, Telstar 19 Vantage is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 15 years. It orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2018-059A and NORAD ID 43562.

With an orbital eccentricity of 1.42E-04, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,780km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,792km. It takes 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth along the longitude of -63 degrees.

 

 Compare Telstar 19 Vantage with INMARSAT 5 F1 from United Kingdom.

 Compare Telstar 19 Vantage with Intelsat 11 from USA.


AsiaSat-9.

AsiaSat 9 Removal from Container @ Baikonur Cosmodrome

  Third heaviest satellite launched by China into space at 6,140 kg

Operated by Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. of China, AsiaSat-9 is a commercial satellite launched for the purpose of communications.

Delivered via Proton (launch vehicle) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, it was launched into space on 28 September 2017 and orbits the Earth as a GEO satellite. AsiaSat-9 was constructed by Space Systems/Loral (USA).

Designed with an operational lifetime of 15 years, AsiaSat-9 has a launch mass of 6,140 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2017-057A and NORAD ID 42942.

With an orbital eccentricity of 8.30E-05, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 35,783km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,790km. It takes 1,436 minutes to orbit the Earth along the longitude of 122 degrees.

 

 Compare AsiaSat-9 with Yahsat-1B from United Arab Emirates.

 Compare AsiaSat-9 with Hispasat 36W-1 from Spain.


Get more insights from these satellite datasets

  Full datasets:  All satellites by launch date   |   The Heaviest Satellites That Are Launched to Space

  By Use Type:  Civil-use satellites   |   Commercial satellites   |   Government satellites   |   Military satellites

  By Country:  USA   |   UK   |   France   |   Germany   |   Japan   |   China   |   Russia   |   Australia   |   Canada

  By Orbit Class/Type:  LEO satellites   |   MEO satellites   |   GEO satellites   |   Elliptical orbit   |   Polar orbit   |   Equatorial orbit   |   Non-polar inclined orbit   |   Sun-synchronous orbit   |   Molniya orbit

  By Operators:  SpaceX   |   EUTELSAT   |   SES   |   European Space Agency (ESA)   |   Planet Labs   |   Iridium   |   Spire Global   |   OneWeb   |   Swarm Technologies   |   NASA - Dataset of Satellites Launched (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)   |   Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - Dataset of Satellites Launched

  By Launch Vehicle:  Falcon 9   |   Ariane 5   |   Ariane 5 ECA   |   Delta 2   |   Dnepr   |   Electron   |   Falcon Heavy   |   Long March 2C   |   Long March 2D   |   Long March 3B   |   Pegasus   |   Proton   |   Proton M   |   PSLV   |   Rokot   |   Soyuz   |   Soyuz-2.1b   |   Vega

  By Launch Vehicle:  Cape Canaveral   |   Baikonur Cosmodrome   |   Guiana Space Center   |   International Space Station   |   Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center   |   Plesetsk Cosmodrome   |   Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1   |   Satish Dhawan Space Centre   |   Taiyuan Launch Center   |   Vandenberg AFB   |   Xichang Satellite Launch Center   |   Boeing Satellite Systems   |   Airbus Defense and Space   |   EADS Astrium   |   Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems   |   Space Systems/Loral   |   Surrey Satellite Technology   |   Technical University Berlin   |   Thales Alenia Space


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