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Payload Launch

Launch vehicles come in a variety of sizes, configurations, and capabilities. One primary distinction lies between orbital and suborbital launchers. Suborbital vehicles carry their payloads outside of Earth’s atmosphere, but…

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2008 – Other Countries, Launch, Human

In 2006, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced plans to develop a human-rated version of its proposed GSLV Mark 3 vehicle. The vehicle, whose maiden launch is proposed for 2015,…

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2009 – Other Countries, Launch, Human

In addition to government human spaceflight efforts, some companies are developing commercial systems for orbital human spaceflight. Several American companies have shown an interest in orbital human spaceflight to serve…

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2011 – Other Countries, Launch, Human

Other human spaceflight systems in development include Excalibur Almaz (EA), a private venture that plans to refurbish flight-proven Russian Almaz reusable space capsules and modules to transport astronauts and space…

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