COMMERCIAL SPACE TRANSPORTATION: 2000 YEAR IN REVIEW

In 2000, there were ten commercial launches licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for revenue that totaled about $625 million. This total represents seven launches from U.S. ranges for commercial and government customers plus three launches by the multinational Sea Launch venture. Overall, 35 worldwide commercial launches occurred in 2000. This number is slightly less than prior years (39 in 1999 and 41 in 1998). However, the U.S. percentage of commercial launches declined more precipitously. There were seven U.S. commercial launches in 2000, or 20 percent of the world total. The United States captured 38 percent of the commercial launches in 1999 and 54 percent in 1998. Also, the ten launches licensed by the FAA in 2000 were fewer than expected and represented a decrease from prior years (17 in 1999 and 22 in 1998). Among the ten licensed launches was Boeing's third flight of the Delta 3. The flight was successful and the vehicle deployed a test payload. Lockheed Martin's International Launch Services successfully flew its new Atlas 3A vehicle, which deployed a communications spacecraft for Eutelsat. Several new commercial space applications contributed to the worldwide commercial launch total. Three Proton rockets deployed satellites for Sirius Satellite Radio, a company that will offer direct radio broadcast services to the United States. Three Soyuz vehicles carried cargo and a cosmonaut crew to the Mir space station with private financing from MirCorp, a company that planned commercial development of the station through tourist flights. This report summarizes U.S. and international launch activities for calendar year 2000 and provides a historical look at the past five years of commercial launch activities. This report has three parts: 2000 FAA-Licensed Commercial Activity; 2000 Worldwide Launch Activity; and Five-Year Space Transportation Trends.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00960512
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2003 12:00AM