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The New Space Race


Feb. 11, 2011—In 1957, Russia successfully launched Sputnik into space, marking the start of the US-Russia space race. A half century later, nearly 60 nations or government consortia are operating in that domain. Although the United States still dominates the space market, its influence has decreased dramatically over the last decade. Ten years ago, the US controlled 65 percent to 70 percent of the space market. Today, it has just 35 percent to 40 percent, said Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn following the release of the new National Security Space Strategy on Feb. 4. Data from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson, AFB, Ohio, show that competition and congestion in space is likely to continue growing as it has nearly every year since 1957.

Source: National Air and Space Intelligence Center as presented in the unclassified summary of the National Security Space Strategy.(Document)