Infrastructure

Launch


2017 – China Launch, Human

China is one of three nations to have launched humans into orbit with indigenous launch vehicles, but there were no such launches in 2017. The most recent... China is one…

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2017 – Russia Launch, Human

Russia remained the only nation to launch humans to orbit during 2017, using its Soyuz launch vehicle and capsule. The continued depression of Russian launch activity during... Russia remained the…

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2017 – U.S. Suborbital

Many countries and organizations have floated plans for human suborbital spaceflight. However, there are very few building suborbital launch vehicles for this purpose, and even fewer... Many countries and organizations…

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2017 – U.S. Launch, Human

The last U.S. human space launch was conducted in 2011. NASA now relies on Russia’s Soyuz space launch system, paying hundreds of millions of dollars to transport U.S. astronauts to...…

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2016 – Orbital Human Space Launch

The 52 years since the inauguration of human spaceflight have witnessed great strides in developing the technology required to support human life in orbit and... The 52 years since the…

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2017 – Japan Launch, Payload

Japanese orbital launch attempts set a new launch record for the nation in 2017. Japan attempted ## SLV launches, growing the nation’s global orbital launch activity share from... Japanese orbital…

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2017 – India Launch, Payload

India’s global orbital launch activity share and launch rate both ## in 2017. The number of launch attempts by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) fell... India’s global orbital launch…

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2017 – China Launch, Payload

China’s share of global orbital launch activity fell from its 2016 high of ##% to ##% for 2017. The nation’s ## launch attempts moved it down in global launch activity…

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2016 – Spaceports Overview

For 2016, the busiest orbital spaceport in the world was ####, ahead of ## other operational orbital spaceports during the year. The spaceport accounted for... Select the "View Interactive Version" button…

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