2017 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2017 saw a total of 90 known orbital launch attempts from seven nations and space ports in eight different countries. 2017 had the second most orbital launch attempts of any year in the current century, short of 92 launches in 2014 and showing a slight increase from 2016 that had 85 known launch attempts.

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Second-To-Last Delta II Successfully Delivers JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Orbit

The second-to-last Delta II rocket lit up the night over California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in the early hours on Saturday, taking to the skies with the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite for NASA and NOAA, set to become America’s primary meteorological spacecraft in Polar Orbit.

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Nighttime Delta II Launch Attempt Halted by Technical Issue & Fouled Range

ULA’s Delta II rocket was forced to abandon a nighttime launch attempt from California in the early hours on Tuesday due to a technical issue with the rocket’s second stage engine actuator as well as a fouled range with boasts in the offshore hazard area where the vehicle’s ground-lit boosters were expected to impact.

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Penultimate Delta II Rocket Stands Ready for JPSS-1 Weather Satellite Launch from California

The penultimate Delta II rocket stands ready for an early morning liftoff from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Tuesday with the first operational satellite of the Joint Polar Satellite System, the next generation of low-orbiting weather satellites operated by NASA and NOAA.

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NASA Awards Launch Contracts for Sentinel-6A & Landsat 9 to SpaceX & ULA

NASA announced a pair of new launch contracts this week for the Landsat 9 mission and the joint U.S.-European Sentinel-6A satellite, set to launch in 2020/21 atop Atlas V and Falcon 9 rockets, respectively.

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Cape Canaveral Spaceport Braces for Major Hurricane Irma

One of the world’s prime space launch sites is bracing for its encounter with major Hurricane Irma – expected to move across Florida this weekend and bring with it extreme winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge.

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State of the Art Weather Satellite delivers impressive First Light Images

NOAA’s recently-launched GOES-16 weather satellite sent back its first images of Earth, providing a taste of what’s to come once the state-of-the-art satellite enters service later this year to deliver data at unprecedented resolution and revisit time to scientists, meteorologists and weather enthusiasts.

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Photos: Atlas V Lights Up the Night Over Florida’s Space Coast, lifting GOES-R Weather Sat

Riding on pillars of smoke and flames, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral to lift into orbit the GOES-R next-generation weather satellite that will revolutionize the collection of meteorological data over the Western hemisphere.

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