In 2016 USA made 9 times more money on space launches than Russia


Russia performed only 2 commercial space launches in 2016, while the USA and Europe launched 11 and 8 rockets, respectively.

According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, in 2016 on commercial space launches Russia earned 9 times less money than the USA. The total revenue from launches grew in the past year, and amounted to $2.5 billion against $2.2 billion in 2015. Among 21 commercial space launches worldwide, the United States carried out 11, Europe 8, and Russia only two. This allowed the U.S. to receive an income of $1.18 billion, $1.15 billion was made by Europe, and only $130 million by Russia.

The USA has been increasing its share since 2014, and there are several reasons for that. The first one is that private American company SpaceX entered the market with a low launch price of their Falcon 9 rocket. The second one is lack of quality control in the Russian space industry. Recent problems with quality and the increased number of accidents encouraged customers to look for alternatives.

In total there were 85 space launches performed in the world in 2016. United States and China made 22 launches each, Russia made 17, Europe – 11, India – 7, and Japan – 4. Israel and North Korea account for one launch each. Thus, in addition to 21 commercial launches, 16 military and 48 civilian launches were performed.