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Year: 2017
In 2017, Iran was the only other nation to attempt ##. Iran conducted ## launches of its...
Year: 2016
Country: Israel, North Korea
## other nations launched space launch vehicles (SLVs) during 2016: ##. ##country successfully launched ## SLV. North Korea launched ## in ## 2016, inserting an ## satellite into orbit...
Year: 2015
Country: Iran
Iran made another tentative foray into the global launch family during 2015. The country’s attempt gave it a ##% share of orbital SLVs launched globally. In 2015, ## Safir rocket was launched out of Semnan, Iran. ## lofted ## Earth observation satellite into orbit.
Year: 2014
After one of its Zenit-3SL rockets suffered a launch failure in 2013, Sea Launch recovered in 2014. Sea Launch successfully launched a ## satellite into GTO in May 2014 after implementing recommended corrective actions in response to the 2013 accident.
Year: 2013
South Korea conducted ## successful orbital launch in 2013. After suffering two previous launch failures of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV)-1, arguments arose between the Russian manufacturers of the vehicle’s first stage and the South Korean manufacturers of the second stage over the...
Year: 2012
In 2012, several smaller countries and organizations demonstrated their ability, or at least ambitions, to conduct an orbital space launch. The privately held Sea Launch company, which focuses on deploying commercial communications satellites to geosynchronous orbit (GEO), declared bankruptcy in...
Year: 2011
Two other space programs made news in 2011, as space newcomer Iran successfully conducted ## launch and the multinational commercial venture Sea Launch resumed operations after a hiatus of nearly two and a half years. 
Year: 2010
South Korea made its ## attempt to launch the Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV), in June 2010. However, contact with the rocket was lost 137 seconds after liftoff. Korean officials blamed the failure on the Russian-provided first stage, while Russian officials claimed the problem was with Korean...
Year: 2009
The Sea Launch consortium operates a derivative of the Ukrainian Zenit 2 rocket, modified with Russian and American components and used by Sea Launch as its standard booster since the company’s first launch in 1999. The Zenit-3SL rocket launches from Sea Launch’s ocean platform. A variant of...
Year: 2008
The Brazilian Space Agency has sporadically continued development of its proposed Veículo Lançador de Satélites (VLS) booster, designed to launch from the country’s Alcântara spaceport near the equator. Brazil hopes to perform further tests featuring a mockup rocket in 2010. Possibly as early...

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