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Data InsightsA record number of objects went into space in 2023
March 11, 2024Edouard Mathieu

A record number of objects went into space in 2023

A record number of objects went into space in 2023

2,664 objects were launched into space in 2023. This figure breaks the record set the previous year.

The chart shows that US agencies and companies were responsible for launching 2,166 of these objects; that’s 81% of the global total.

Within American launches, 1,935 objects — 73% of the global total — belonged to Starlink, the constellation of satellites operated by the aerospace company SpaceX.

The rapid growth of the global satellite constellation has the power to help expand Internet connectivity, but also contributes to increasing concerns regarding space debris and the congestion of Earth’s orbital environment.

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