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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LISA Pathfinder launched into correct Orbit, set to begin Earth-Departure Maneuvers

ESA’s LISA Pathfinder was provided with an on-target orbital delivery by its Vega launch vehicle, enabling the craft to depart Low Earth Orbit in the coming days in order to begin its departure of Earth to head towards the L1 Earth-Sun Lagrange Point where the spacecraft is expected to arrive in late January.

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Photos: Vega Lights Up the Night over the Amazon, launching LISA Pathfinder

A Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on December 3, 2015, carrying ESA’s LISA Pathfinder into orbit for a demonstration mission that will proof the technologies for the detection of gravitational waves hypothesized by Einstein 100 years ago.

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ESA’s LISA Pathfinder embarks on Ambitious Tech Demo Mission after flawless Vega Launch

ESA’s LISA Pathfinder embarked on a critical demonstration mission on Thursday, making a thundering blastoff atop a Vega rocket launching from the ZLV launch site at the Guiana Space Center for a trip to Low Earth Orbit.

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Video: LISA Pathfinder thunders off atop Vega

A Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on December 3, 2015, carrying ESA’s LISA Pathfinder into orbit for a demonstration mission that will proof the technologies for the detection of gravitational waves hypothesized by Einstein 100 years ago.

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