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Companies With the Most Satellites in Orbit

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1. SpaceX
> Active satellites in orbit as of Jan. 1 2022: 1,815
> Country of operator: United States
> Oldest operational satellite: Starlink-24 (launched 5/24/2019)
> Newest operational satellite (excl. 2022 launches): Starlink-3235 (launched 12/18/2021)

Space transport company SpaceX, founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has taken a strong lead in the satellite space race with its Starlink satellite internet network. In addition to its many customers, SpaceX will use its rockets to deploy satellites for its primary competitor in satellite internet service, OneWeb. Last year, SpaceX acquired Swarm Technologies, a provider of Internet of Things communications, as a wholly owned subsidiary.

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