Number of active satellites by year 1957-2018

This statistic illustrates the number of active satellites from 1957 to 2018, broken down by year. In December 2018, there was an estimated total of 2,181 active satellites orbiting the Earth, an increase from 1,876 active satellites in December 2017.

Number of active satellites from 1957 to 2018

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Survey time period

1957 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Values are as of 31 December each year.
Values are estimates as the turnoff dates for some satellites is not certain.

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