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2016 – Russia Payload Launch – Snapshot

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

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2016 – China Payload Launch – Snapshot

China’s share of the global orbital launch market for 2016 matched that of ### and exceeded all other launch providers. The nation’s launch rate of ## in 2016 was the highest number of launch attempts China conducted and the first time the country went over ## launches in a single year. China successfully carried out the first flights of…

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2016 – Japan Payload Launch – Snapshot

Japan’s share of the 2016 global orbital launch market stayed around ##%, equaling the country’s ##. ## of Japan’s ## orbital launch attempts were ##, giving the country a ##% reliability record for 2016…

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2015 – Europe Launch, Payload

Europe’s share of global orbital launches grew by ##% in 2015—from nearly ##% in 2014 to nearly ##% in 2015—although the number of launches conducted by the European coalition remained the same. The one European orbital spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, conducted all ## orbital SLV launches in 2015.

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2015 – India Launch, Payload

2015 was a record year for India, increasing the number of launches the country conducted to an unprecedented high. India carried out nearly ##% of global orbital launch activity in 2015. The country’s ## launches beat out the previous year’s record of ##. India’s launch rate during the ## years prior to 2015 averaged ## SLV launches per year. There were ## Indian launch failures during 2015.

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2015 – China Launch, Payload

China’s share of the global orbital launch market in 2015 nearly matched that of the United States. China accounted for slightly more than ##% of the global orbital launch market. China’s SLV launch rate of ## for 2015 helped the country maintain its position in the global launch industry from 2014. Even though China launched ## new SLVs in 2015, there were no known failures of Chinese SLVs in 2015 and 2014.

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2015 – U.S. Launch, Payload

U.S. launch activities took slightly more than##% of the global orbital launch market in 2015, helping the country remain behind only Russia for launch attempts in the world. Of the ## SLVs launched from within the United States in 2015, ## successfully reached orbit. ## launch failures affected the U.S. SLV launch rate in 2015, preventing it from reaching the previous year’s total of ## attempted launches. Launch failures accounted for ##% of attempted U.S. launches in 2015, though a fairer industry comparison of slightly more than ##% could be assumed. The 2014 launch failure rate for U.S. SLVs was slightly above ##%.

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Payload Launch

Whether suborbital or orbital, the world remained busy launching vehicles into space. The distinction between suborbital and orbital launch is very specific. Suborbital launches lack…

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