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2015 – Other Countries, Launch, Payload

Iran made another tentative foray into the global launch family during 2015. The country’s attempt gave it a ##% share of orbital SLVs launched globally. In 2015, ## Safir rocket was launched out of Semnan, Iran. ## lofted ## Earth observation satellite into orbit.

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2014 – Orbital Launch Reports and Forecasts

The table below shows each spacefaring nation’s space launch vehicle platforms active in the current year. Launch tracking and launch system information relies on various primary and government sources. The current year’s launch reliability shows the number of successful launches over the number of total launches for the year.

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2015 – Japan Launch, Payload

Japan’s number of SLVs launched during 2015 equaled their 2014 efforts. The country’s 2015 share of global orbital space launches grew, but only because the total number of SLVs launched globally during 2015 declined. The ## SLVs launched during 2015 from Japan helped the nation to maintain a share of nearly ##% of global launches.

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2015 – Russia Launch, Payload

Russia remained the world’s leader in number of launches provided during 2015, taking slightly more than ##% of the global orbital launch market for the year. This position was earned even though the nation’s launch rate fell by ##% to ## launches in 2015, down from ## launches during both 2013 and 2014. While Russia’s launch rate fell in 2015, Russia’s space launch system reliability fell slightly as well. Nearly ##% of Russia’s ## launch attempts for the year were partial or total failures.

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2016 – Sounding Rockets – Snapshot

Government sounding rocket programs, such as NASA’s Sounding Rockets Program Office (SRPO), use sounding rockets as training tools for future engineers and scientists. More launch opportunities…

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2016 – Orbital Launch Reports and Forecasts – Snapshot

After many years of conducting launch operations in more or less the same way, the orbital launch industry is experiencing substantial changes on some fronts. In December 2015, one U.S. company was the first to successfully conduct an orbital launch of satellites, then have the space launch vehicle’s (SLV’s) first stage return and land safely on the ground…

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2016 – Europe Payload Launch – Snapshot

European launch activities in ### efforts, with the European Space Agency (ESA) conducting ## launch attempts. The European share of global orbital launches ## 2015 at ##%. All 2016 orbital space launch vehicle (SLV) launches were conducted from Europe’s only orbital spaceport, located…

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2016 – India Payload Launch – Snapshot

During 2016, India once again set a #### for its annual space launch vehicle (SLV) launch rate, exceeding its ## by ## launches. India’s ## launches enabled the country to claim ##% of global launch activity. With no…

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