Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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Japan’s H-IIA reaches target Orbit in first Commercial GTO Launch, puts on a Show for American Observers

Japan’s H-IIA rocket delivered the Telstar 12V to a good Geostationary Transfer Orbit on Tuesday in the rocket’s first commercial launch and the first involving an upgraded second stage capable of conducting extended missions.

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H-IIA Rocket lofts Canadian Telstar Satellite in first Commercial Mission

Japan’s H-IIA rocket checked off a success on its first commercial mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit on Tuesday, lifting the Canadian-operated Telstar 12V in a mission lasting four and a half hours and introducing a number of new technologies on the upper stage of the rocket.

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Video: H-IIA blasts off on first Commercial Mission

Japan’s H-IIA rocket lifted off from its picturesque launch site on Tanegashima Island at 6:50 UTC on Tuesday, embarking on its first fully commercial mission, lifting the Canadian-operated Telstar 12V into Geostationary Transfer Orbit in a mission lasting four and a half hours.

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H-IIA set for Japan’s first Commercial Satellite Launch to Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Japan’s H-IIA is on the launch pad for a rare commercial satellite launch Tuesday morning, lofting the Telstar 12V satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit for Canadian satellite operator Telsat. After over 40 years of launching satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit, this marks the first commercial communications satellite launch for Japan.

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