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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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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Chinese Astronaut Duo Parachutes to safe Landing after month-long Mission

China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft and two crew members parachuted to a safe landing in Inner Mongolia on Friday to put an end to a record-setting mission, spending 32 days in space to continue China’s push toward long-duration Space Station missions later in the decade.

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Chinese Astronauts depart Tiangong-2 Space Lab for Return to Earth after record-breaking Flight

China’s record-setting astronauts are in the final stages of their homecoming, having departed the Tiangong-2 space laboratory on Thursday for a day-long free flight aboard the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft ahead of a blazing re-entry and parachute-assisted landing in a remote stretch of Inner Mongolia.

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Successful Yunhai-1 Launch inaugurates new Chinese Weather Satellite Constellation

China’s Long March 2D rocket blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday night, lifting into orbit the Yunhai-1 weather satellite to mark the inauguration of a new constellation of meteorological satellites orbiting Earth in polar orbits.

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Chinese Long March 11 launches first Pulsar Navigation Satellite into Orbit

China’s Long March 11 rocket performed its second launch on Thursday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center to lift a group of small satellites into orbit in support of a demonstration of pulsar navigation and Earth Observation.

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