2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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China’s Long March 2D Rocket runs into Trouble during SuperView Satellite Launch

China’s Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 3:23 UTC on Wednesday, carrying into orbit the first two high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites in a new multi-sensor, commercial Earth Observation Constellation.

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Ariane 5 caps successful Year with Dual-Payload Delivery, lofting Satellites from Brazil & Japan

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rumbled away from the edge of the Amazon on Wednesday, taking flight for the last time in 2016 for a dual-satellite delivery mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit with the Star One D1 and JCSat-15 telecom satellites for Brazil and Japan.

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Chinese Carbon Dioxide Hunter blasts off atop Long March Rocket

China’s first dedicated mission to monitor Carbon Dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere blasted off atop a Long March 2D rocket on Wednesday, embarking on a three-year mission designed to inform Chinese policy makers in the continued effort to reduce emission of the greenhouse gas

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Ariane 5 set for Year-Closing Mission with Communication Satellite Duo from Brazil & Japan

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket is set for its year-closing mission on Wednesday, lifting a pair of commercial communications satellites from Brazil and Japan into orbit to deliver broadcasting and telecommunications to Asia and the Americas.

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Japanese Radiation Belt Probe sent into high-energy Orbit by improved Epsilon Rocket

Japan’s Enhanced Epsilon rocket thundered into the night skies over Kyushu Island on Tuesday, embarking on its debut mission to deliver the ERG Radiation Belt research spacecraft into a high-energy orbit around Earth to penetrate the Van Allen Belts for a detailed study of particle-wave interactions in Earth’s powerful magnetic field.

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Japan’s Enhanced Epsilon Rocket set for Debut Launch with Space Weather Research Probe

A beefed up version of Japan’s Epsilon Rocket will make its debut on Tuesday, carrying out a high-energy orbital delivery with the ERG satellite that sets out to study Space Weather phenomena from a highly elliptical orbit that takes the spacecraft through the most intense region of particle acceleration in Earth’s magnetosphere.

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Photos: Atlas V blasts off with high-speed Internet Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 431 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on December 19, 2016 to embark on its eighth and final mission of 2016, carrying into orbit the EchoStar 19 high-capacity Internet satellite for Hughes Networks.

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