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Operational satellites Commercial satellite operators are launching a growing number of units into orbit to satisfy demand for internet connectivity. Here is a breakdown of every operational satellite orbiting Earth. SORT BY Satellites Launch mass 0 kg Sources: Union of Concerned Scientists; NASA NOTE: Data correct to September 1, 2013 20 tonnes Commercial Government Military Civil Mixed 400 213 212 51 208 China 107 Russia 110 Multinational 54 USA 447 Japan 42 India 30 The rest 294 Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) Altitude of 35,786 km and follows the Earth’s rotation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) Between 2,000 km and 35,786 km Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Between 80 km and 2,000 km Elliptical Orbit Close to Earth at one point, but much farther at the other 437 38 79 530 Military 212 Government 213 Civil 51 Commercial 400 Mixed 208 Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) Altitude of 35,786 km and follows the Earth’s rotation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) Between 2,000 km and 35,786 km Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Between 80 km and 2,000 km Elliptical Orbit Close to Earth at one point, but much farther at the other 437 38 79 530 1990s 238 1980s 3 2000s 507 1970s 2 2010s 334