During the last five years, the focus on space missions and satellite launches has grown exponentially. In 2017, the total number of active satellites was 1778 and that number has grown to 6905 by the end of 2022. In 2023, the USA had 107 orbital launches compared to 31 in 2018.
During the same period, India launched and landed on the South Pole of the moon and also reached a clear orbit near the sun. China on the other hand is in the process of launching its space station.
All this growth has boosted opportunities for the corporate world as well. There are major companies that are running satellite Internet services and even doing satellite telecom services soon. Some companies are trying to create a space tourism industry.These events are creating possibilities that are beyond a normal human imagination because for 50 years the main concern was how to create things on Earth.
But as the possibilities grow so does the threat. The ability of satellites and missions are entering military and intelligence zones as well. The USA recently launched a secret space unmanned plane.
The main question remains are countries ready to counter these threats and does our dependency on higher technology make us more vulnerable than we can imagine?