Big Brothers

What's up there? How many countries have stuck satellites up into space, how many of those satellites are working, part-working or just bits of junk? This graphic may help to enlighten you. Click to enlarge!


source: UCS Satellite Database + The Satellite Encyclopedia


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  • Randy 5y

    this is very cool!
  • frame|aera 5y

    128.684 - die Weltherrschaft naht!

    RULES!!! Sehr geil.
  • Ninh Nguyen 5y

    You missed 1 (at least as what I know). Vietnam already has 1 since 2008. It would be really great if you can update this to the next version of the chart.
  • Charles Lindsay 5y

    Impressive data-pr0n, Michæl, I'm in awe of your chart-fu. What a bizarre coincidence that Russia, with 2x active devices, and 40x dysfunctional devices, has the same amount of space debris as China!
  • Andreas Schepers 5y

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  • achuertas 5y

    I work at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Thanks so much for putting this graphic together with our data. I've passed this onto our staff, including the folks who maintain our satellite database. You can reach me at
  • Michael Spitz 5y

  • peng sheng 5y

    i wonder how could china made so much orbiting space debris by that little satellites
  • Kevin Russell 5y

    beautiful. thank you.
  • Ray 5y

    What , there's around 16,000 of them zipping along up there isn't it ? That doesn't include the little pieces of junk . All that since 1957 and lot's of it has come down already .
  • Anit Das 5y

    A lot of typos.
  • Anit Das 5y

    also, =/> is the same as <
  • Anne Roth 5y

    great picture. I'd love to have in in my blog ( and will respect your copyright: may I?
  • Abdullah 5y

    Nice work! :-)) never seen it represented like this before...

    anit.das1 =/> is NOT the same as <
    =/> means "Equal to or greater than" and < means "less than"... Please take a look here
  • Ermanno Peressini 5y

    awesome design in these ones!
  • Kaj-Ivar van der Wijst 5y

    This is really really cool! Love the design as much as the content, really nice! It's a shame though to see how much waste we just throw into space...
  • RawheaD Rex 5y

    Love the super low S/N ratio for China :lol:
  • Michael Laine 3y

    I really like this graphic. It's terrific information, displayed in a very accessible way. I plan on using it in my classroom (naturally, I'll give credit!).

    I'd love to see this re-drawn with a debris limit of 5cm... The US would go up a little, but China would be off the charts!
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