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The growing rate of satellites in orbit

A new press release warns about the growing rate of satellites in orbit expected for the next decade. As the Euroconsult  survey conclude, more than 1000 satellites will be commissioned in orbit in the next ten years. The study also reflects a boost of  LEO and MEO satellites both for public and commercial missions. Again, more arguments to expect some remediation measure in near-mid term for the accumulation of satellites in LEO, which will endanger the feasibility of future missions .

50 percent more satellites to be launched in the decade ahead:

Euroconsult has forecasted that an estimated 1,145 satellites will be built for launch during the next ten years (2011-2020), 51% more satellites than the previous decade. These projections come from Euroconsult's just-released "Satellites to be Built and Launched by 2020, World Market Survey.

Government agencies from 50 countries will launch a total of 777 satellites in the decade ahead, though more than 80% of these satellites will come from the six major space powers ( i.e. the United States, Russia, the European countries, Japan, China, and India).
Euroconsult forecasts 203 commercial communications satellites with a market value of $50 billion will be launched into the GEO arc over the next ten years. Some of these satellites were recorded in satellite manufacturers' order books during the flurry of ordering activity over the past five years.
Commercial satellite services outside the geostationary orbit will get a boost over the next decade with a total of 165 satellites to be built and launched into medium and low Earth orbits (MEO and LEO).

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