CubeSats deployed from the International Space Station.
Credit: NASA


Bryce Space and Technology, an analytics and engineering firm for space and satellite, cyber, and R&D clients, has released two informative reports: Smallsats by the Numbers: 2019 and 2018 Orbital Launches Year in Review.

Organizations have deployed more than 1,300 smallsats since 2012. This latest report from Bryce includes data on commercial, government, and academic trends.


Here are the 2018 highlights:

36% of smallsats were launched from the US in 2018

2018 saw 6x as many smallsats launched as 2012

CubeSats have dominated the smallsat market; 961 launched 2012 – 2018

This report is available at:

Long March-2C carrier rocket departs Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert.

Also available is 2018 Orbital Launches Year in Review.

In 2018, there were 114 orbital launches. This is the most launches worldwide since 1990. U.S. launch providers conducted the most commercial launches while China launched the highest volume of launches.

View the data in the 2018 Orbital Launches Year in Review report at:


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