Dataset of UK Satellites Launched (United Kingdom)
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  Overview

Majority of UK's satellites are launched by commercial enterprises OneWeb, O3b Networks and INMARSAT. These are the 345 satellites operated or owned by organizations in United Kingdom, based on the interactive table representation of the UCS Satellite Database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS).

Most of these satellites from United Kingdom are launched for commercial use (97.4%) and for the purpose of communications (95.4%).Majority of these satellites are LEO satellites, with around 306 (88.7%) launched so far.


  Data Table

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Chart 1: Satellite Launches By Year
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Chart 2: Major Operators
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Chart 3: Satellites by Purpose
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Insights from United Kingdom's Satellite Dataset

  Which year saw the most satellites launched for United Kingdom?

That year is 2021, which saw 180 satellites launched.

  Who operates or owns the most satellites in United Kingdom?

OneWeb Satellites owns/operates the most number of satellites (288 - 83.5% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which rocket has delivered the most satellites from United Kingdom to space?

The rocket that has delivered the most satellites to space is Soyuz-2-1b which has delivered 213 satellites (61.7%).

  Which launch site has launched the most satellites from United Kingdom to space?

The launch site that has launched the most satellites to space is Vostochny Cosmodrome which has launched 181 satellites (52.5%).

  What is the most common type of satellite orbit?

Polar orbit is the most common type of orbit (288 satellites - 83.5%).

  Apogee, Perigee & Period

The perigees (point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 404km to 35,786km, with the average perigee being 3,235.0km from the Earth, while the apogees (point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 410km to 35,810km, with the average apogee being 3,246.2km from the Earth. The longest period a satellite takes to orbit around the Earth is 1,436 minutes.

  Satellite Mass

The launch masses (include fuel) of the satellites range from 4kg to 6,105kg, while the dry masses (excluding fuel) of the satellites range from 759kg to 3,750kg.


DMC 3-1.

SSTL DMC3 / TripleSat Constellation

  Heaviest satellite launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. into space at 447 kg

A commercial satellite, DMC 3-1 is operated by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of United Kingdom for the purpose of earth observation (Optical Imaging).

Constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (UK), it was launched into space using PSLV as the launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 10 July 2015. DMC 3-1 orbits around the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite.

Designed with an operational lifetime of 10 years, DMC 3-1 has a launch mass of 447 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2015-032A and NORAD ID 40715.

Taking 98 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 636km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 663km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.92E-03 and it orbits at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare DMC 3-1 with SWARM-B from ESA.

 Compare DMC 3-1 with Starlink-1650 from USA.


INMARSAT 5 F2.

Inmarsat-5 F2 Satellite Mission Profile

  Heaviest satellite launched by United Kingdom into space at 6,105 kg

INMARSAT 5 F2 is a commercial satellite operated by INMARSAT, Ltd. (United Kingdom) for the purpose of communications.

Constructed by Boeing Corp. (USA), it was launched into space on 1 February 2015 using Proton M as the launch vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome. INMARSAT 5 F2 orbits around the Earth as a GEO satellite.

Designated with COSPAR ID 2015-005A and NORAD ID 40384, INMARSAT 5 F2 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 15 years. It has a launch mass of 6,105 kg and dry mass of 3,360 kg.

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 35,784km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 35,789km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 5.93E-05.

With generated usable power of 13000 watts, INMARSAT 5 F2 orbits along the longitude of -55 degrees.

 

 Compare INMARSAT 5 F2 with Es'hail-1 from Multinational.

 Compare INMARSAT 5 F2 with Arabsat 5C from Multinational.


Faraday Phoenix.

Faraday-1 by In-Space Missions

Operated by InSpace of United Kingdom, Faraday Phoenix is a commercial satellite launched for the purpose of platform.

Constructed by GOMSpace (Denmark), it was launched into space on 30 June 2021 using Falcon 9 as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral. Faraday Phoenix orbits around the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite.

Faraday Phoenix has a launch mass of 10 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2021-059AX and NORAD ID 48924.

With an orbital eccentricity of 1.38E-03, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 513km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 532km. It takes 95 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Faraday Phoenix with Starlink-66 from USA.

 Compare Faraday Phoenix with Starlink-2275 from USA.


O3b FM09.

O3b's 3rd Set of Satellites Successfully Launched

  Second heaviest equatorial satellite launched into space at 650 kg

Designed for communications, O3b FM09 is a commercial satellite operated by O3b Networks Ltd. (United Kingdom).

Constructed by Thales Alenia Space (France), it was launched into space on 18 December 2014 using Soyuz-ST-B as the launch vehicle from Guiana Space Center. O3b FM09 orbits around the Earth as a equatorial MEO satellite.

O3b FM09 has a launch mass of 650 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2014-083D and NORAD ID 40351.

Using its self-produced usable power of 1500 watts, O3b FM09 takes 288 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 8,063km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 8,068km. Its orbit has an eccentricity of 1.73E-04.

 

 Compare O3b FM09 with Galileo FOC FM5 from ESA.

 Compare O3b FM09 with Galileo IOV-1 PFM from ESA.


OneWeb-0013.

  Heaviest satellite launched by OneWeb Satellites into space at 148 kg

OneWeb-0013 is a commercial satellite operated by OneWeb Satellites (United Kingdom) for the purpose of communications.

Delivered via Soyuz-2.1b (launch vehicle) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, it was launched into space on 6 February 2020 and orbits the Earth as a polar LEO satellite. OneWeb-0013 was constructed by OneWeb Satellites/Airbus (UK).

With a launch mass of 148kg, OneWeb-0013 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 5 years. It orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2020-008A and NORAD ID 45131.

Taking 94 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 1,215km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 1,220km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 3.29E-04 and it orbits at an inclination of 87 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare OneWeb-0013 with Starlink-1014 from USA.

 Compare OneWeb-0013 with PolyITAN-1 from Ukraine.


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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