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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NASA Hurricane Science Satellites sent into Orbit by Air-Launched Pegasus Rocket

Eight miniature hurricane research satellites soared into orbit on Thursday atop a Pegasus XL rocket dropped from a modified Jumbo Jet over the Atlantic Ocean, beginning a mission to peer into the most dynamic regions of the world’s cyclones to improve storm forecasting.

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Cygnus Cargo Craft departs Space Station for In-Space Fire Experiment & Satellite Deployments

The Cygnus OA-5 cargo craft departed the International Space Station on Monday after a month-long cargo delivery mission, heading off on a one-week free flight to release a series of small satellites and perform the second Spacecraft Fire Experiment ahead of a planned end of mission date on November 27.

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Orbital ATK books additional Ride on Atlas V for Cygnus Cargo Mission to ISS

Orbital ATK will call upon ULA’s Atlas V rocket one more time to deliver cargo to the International Space Station in the spring of 2017 to ensure the orbiting complex remains in a comfortable resupply situation and can operate at full capacity through what is shaping up to be a busy year for the ISS program.

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Cygnus Craft enters Orbital Parking Spot, Antares Rocket delivers better-than-expected Performance

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft has entered an orbital parking spot where it is standing by to give the right of way to the inbound Soyuz crew vehicle before it will make its close rendezvous with the Space Station on Sunday to be captured by the Station’s robotic arm.

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Antares Comeback Mission delayed to Monday after Ground Systems Trouble

The launch of Orbital ATK’s long-awaited Antares Return to Flight mission to restore the company’s cargo launch capability to the Space Station was postponed on Sunday due to an uncooperative cable within the rocket’s ground support equipment, requiring replacement ahead of the next launch attempt on Monday at 23:40 UTC.

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Antares set for Sunday Night Launch on long-awaited Return to Flight

The long-awaited Return to Flight mission of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket with the company’s Cygnus cargo craft has been re-aligned for a Sunday night liftoff after a long path to ready the revamped booster for liftoff following a dramatic launch failure nearly two years ago.

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