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2008 – Swedish Spaceports

Esrange is a small spaceport located near Kiruna in northern Sweden. It was founded in 1964 by the European Space Research Organization, the predecessor to ESA, and in 1972 was…

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2008 – South Korean Spaceports

Proposed SpaceportsA new spaceport is in development at Naro, South Korea. Naro Space Center has been built on reclaimed land on the south tip of the Korean peninsula and is…

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2008 – Iranian Spaceports

Proposed SpaceportsLittle information is publicly available about Semnan Launch Site, 170 kilometers east of Tehran, which conducted Iran’s 2008 Kavoshgar (Explorer) suborbital rocket tests as well as its unsuccessful Safir…

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2008 – Israeli Spaceports

Palmachim Air Force Base is an active Israeli Air Force base that also serves as a missile test range and launch site for Israel’s Shavit 1 launcher. The vehicle has…

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2008 – Indian Spaceports

Satish Dhawan Space Centre, on India’s southeast coast, conducted its first successful launch of a sounding rocket in 1971 and was also the site of India’s first successful orbital launch…

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2008 – Japanese Spaceports

Founded in 1969, Tanegashima Space Center is Japan’s main spaceport and its only site that sends rockets into orbit. Tanegashima is the launch site of Japan’s heavy H-IIA rocket. In…

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2008 – European Spaceports

The Guiana Space Centre, funded primarily by ESA, is located in Kourou, on the coast of French Guiana, a French Overseas Department on the northeast coast of South America. The…

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2008 – Chinese Spaceports

Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center is China’s largest and oldest spaceport, founded in 1958 with Soviet assistance. Jiuquan has gone through numerous upgrades, and in 2008 launched ## rockets, including Shenzhou…

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2008 – Brazilian Spaceports

Run by the Brazilian Air Force, the Alcântara Launch Center is located on the northern coast of Brazil. The first launch of a sounding rocket from the facility took place…

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2008 – Russian Spaceports

Founded in 1955 by the Soviet Union, the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is the world’s oldest and largest spaceport. It supports several generations of Russian spacecraft: Soyuz, Molniya, Proton, Tsyklon,…

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