Special Report

Companies With the Most Satellites in Orbit


To determine the companies with the satellites, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit organization. Companies are ranked by the number of operational satellites in orbit as of Jan. 1, 2022 that are at least partially being used for commercial purposes. Only satellites that are owned and operated by a single company were considered. Government and multi-government agencies with commercial satellites were not considered. 

Additional data on the home country of the satellites’ operator, oldest and newest operational satellites, as well as launch dates also came from the Union of Concerned Scientists. It is important to note that oldest and newest active satellites were determined by launch date and that in many cases, companies launched multiple satellites on the date noted. In those cases, the satellite listed is for illustrative purposes only. We did not consider any satellites launched in 2022. 

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