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Companies With the Most Satellites in Orbit

Source: Courtesy of Kepler Communications via Facebook

16. Kepler Communications
> Active satellites in orbit as of Jan. 1 2022: 15
> Country of operator: Canada
> Oldest operational satellite: KIPP-1 (launched 1/18/2018)
> Newest operational satellite (excl. 2022 launches): Kepler-7 C3PO (launched 3/22/2021)

This Toronto-based private telecommunications provider operates satellites that allow the high-capacity transfer of data from space-to-ground and satellite-to-satellite. In January, Kepler continued to expand its constellation by deploying four new satellites in its ongoing effort to bring the internet to space.

15. Gonets Satcom
> Active satellites in orbit as of Jan. 1 2022: 18
> Country of operator: Russia
> Oldest operational satellite: Gonets M-14 (launched 9/11/2013)
> Newest operational satellite (excl. 2022 launches): Gonets M-32 (launched 12/3/2020)

The Moscow-based subsidiary of Russian Space Agency Roscosmos operates civilian versions of the Russian military’s Strela-3 satellite system capable of near-global coverage for relaying Earth observation data, TV content, and communications to and from the International Space Station.

Source: Courtesy of O3b Networks via Facebook

14. O3b Networks Ltd.
> Active satellites in orbit as of Jan. 1 2022: 20
> Country of operator: United Kingdom
> Oldest operational satellite: O3b FM02 (launched 6/25/2013)
> Newest operational satellite (excl. 2022 launches): O3b FM20 (launched 4/4/2019)

In 2016, O3b Networks became a wholly-owned subsidiary of another company on this list, SES S.A., which had been a financial backer of O3b when it was founded in 2007. O3b stands for “Other 3 billion,” referring to the share of the world’s population that has no access to broadband internet access. As the name implies, the goal of the company is to provide low-latency, fiber-quality internet connectivity in developing countries.

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13. Satellogic S.A.
> Active satellites in orbit as of Jan. 1 2022: 21
> Country of operator: Argentina
> Oldest operational satellite: Bugsat-1 (launched 6/19/2014)
> Newest operational satellite (excl. 2022 launches): ÑuSat-22 (launched 6/30/2021)

The Buenos Aires-based company provides Earth observation satellites capable of taking high resolution images of the Earth up to five times a day of any area or point of interest around the world. Early last year, the company announced it would use SpaceX to launch its satellites.

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> Active satellites in orbit as of Jan. 1 2022: 26
> Country of operator: Multinational
> Oldest operational satellite: Eutelsat 36A (launched 5/24/2000)
> Newest operational satellite (excl. 2022 launches): Eutelsat Quantum (launched 7/30/2021)

Paris-based EUTELSAT provides satellite communications services to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, including television and radio streaming, internet connectivity, and sea and air applications. In May, the company insisted its ongoing distribution of Russian channels during the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a continuation of its policy of neutrality, as no regulatory authority has asked it to stop.

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