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2016

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2016 - Russia Launch, Payload

Country: Russia
Russia abdicated its customary position as the world’s leader in the number of launches during 2016, coming in third after the United States and China. The nation launched only 17 space launch vehicles (SLVs), but still managed to hold 20% of the global launch market. This 35% decrease from the...

2016 - U.S. Launch, Payload

Country: United States
U.S. launch activities constituted 26% of global orbital launch activity, matched only by China during 2016. The country’s 22 successful launches for 2016 exceeded its 2015 efforts by two. There were no launch failures in 2016, an improvement from the two failures the United States had during its...

Payload and Crew Orbital Launches

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An up-to-date list of the current year's payload and crew space vehicle launches conducted globally. Sortable by vehicle name, country launched from, GTO capability, LEO capability, launch reliability ranges, and first year of space launch vehicle operations.Select "Orbital Payload Launch" to...

Space Vehicle Launch Log and Associated Payloads

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This launch log is updated daily during regular Space Foundation business hours. It relies on space-tracking data that U.S. Strategic Command collects through various resources, which is then posted to Space-Track.org. The data provided by Space-Track.org is accessible to the public. Descriptive...

Quieter German Wind Turbines

Darwin, a proposed European Space Agency planet-hunting satellite constellation, was to orbit the Sun at a point 1.5 million kilometers (932,000 miles) from the Earth. The constellation of three to four satellites was to work in concert, staying in formation while each satellite’s telescope was...

Herding Cattle from Space

Fences have historically been used to declare land ownership. For livestock farming and ranching, fences also serve the purpose of containing animals and conducting land management. Barbed wire, electric fencing, and virtual fencing are all solutions used by ranchers and farmers to do both. Land...