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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Delta IV soars into the Night, lifts most powerful WGS Military Communications Satellite to Orbit

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket made an impressive night launch from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, lighting up the dark skies over Florida’s Space Coast as it thundered uphill to lift the most powerful U.S. military communications satellite to orbit.

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Most Powerful U.S. Military Communications Satellite ready for Launch on ULA Delta IV

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket stands ready for launch from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 37 on Wednesday, carrying into orbit the eighth and most powerful satellite in the Wideband Global Satcom System (WGS).

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Photos: Vega Rocket blasts off from French Guiana with Turkish Imaging Satellite

Europe’s Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on its year-closing mission, thundering into mostly clear skies with the Göktürk-1A imaging satellite that will give the Turkish Ministry of Defence its sharpest eye in the sky for the collection of reconnaissance and Earth observation imagery.

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Video: Vega Rocket lifts off with Göktürk-1A Imaging Satellite

Europe’s Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on its year-closing mission, thundering into mostly clear skies with the Göktürk-1A imaging satellite that will give the Turkish Ministry of Defence its sharpest eye in the sky for the collection of reconnaissance and Earth observation imagery.

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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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U.S. Navy Satellite arrives in Geosynchronous Orbit after extended Maneuvering Campaign

The U.S. Navy’s MUOS 5 mobile communications satellite is closing in on its operational orbit after an extended orbit-raising campaign following a failure within the satellite’s main propulsion system that required an alternate orbit-raising scenario to be worked out for the $340 million satellite.

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