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Three nations are still mainstays for annual launches globally. China, Russia, and the United States were responsible for nearly ##% of the world’s 2016 launch attempts. Four more countries and one European consortium contributed to the remainder of orbital launches during 2016. Compared with 2015, the number of...


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The 52 years since the inauguration of human spaceflight have witnessed great strides in developing the technology required to support human life in orbit and beyond. Due to the fragility of human beings, crewed spacecraft and the launch vehicles used to deploy them in orbit must adhere to more...
Launch vehicles vary in size, configuration, and capability. One primary distinction lies in the capability of a launcher to insert an object in an orbital or suborbital trajectory. Suborbital vehicles carry their payloads outside of Earth’s atmosphere, but they do not accelerate to the...
Year: 2015
Over 20 years of global launch activities are covered in this section. With a total of ## orbital launch attempts worldwide, 2015 fell slightly short of 2014's record of ##. A slight dip in launch activity growth trend was observed, with three failures out of ## launch attempts. During the year,...
Year: 2014
Country: China, United States
Launch vehicles vary in size, configuration, and capability. One primary distinction lies in the capability of a launcher to insert an object in an orbital or suborbital trajectory. Suborbital vehicles carry their payloads outside of Earth’s atmosphere, but they do not accelerate to the...

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