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selvaarchi
2016-Jan-19, 11:27 AM
As this year looks like it is going to be a record year for launches, I thought it might be a good idea to keep a telly of the launches.

China was the 1st to launch (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/01/15/belarusian-communications-satellite-launched-from-china/) and then followed by the US with a SpaceX launch (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/01/18/satellite-launched-to-measure-motions-of-the-oceans/). Next we will have India with a launch tomorrow (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/01/19/fifth-indian-navigation-satellite-set-for-liftoff/). This will be followed by Russia and then ESA. So the 1st 5 launches in 2016 are from 5 different countries.:clap:

Thanks for the help from bknight and slang, I now have a proper table. Many thanks to both of you.


CountryTotal LaunchesFailures

United States231
Russia171
China221
ESA110
Japan040
India070
North Korea 010
Israel 010



TOTAL 863

selvaarchi
2016-Jan-20, 04:57 AM
ISRO successfully launched another of their navigation satellites (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Isros-PSLV-C31-places-IRNSS-1E-satellite-in-orbit/articleshow/50648970.cms). Two more and their Regional Navigation Satellite Network will be complete .

selvaarchi
2016-Jan-29, 01:03 AM
It is now ESA's turn to launch the 4th satellite for the year (http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/70th_consecutive_successful_launch_for_Ariane_5_99 9.html). It was the 70th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5.

selvaarchi
2016-Jan-30, 06:48 AM
Russia joins the list of countries to launch a rocket (http://www.russianspaceweb.com/eutelsat9b.html) in 2016. Wow amazing, 5 launches so far this year and that too from 5 different countries :clap:

selvaarchi
2016-Feb-01, 03:40 PM
China launches the 21st satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (http://spaceflight101.com/chinas-long-march-3c-opens-record-setting-year-with-beidou-navigation-satellite-launch/). Their 2nd launch for the year.

Swift
2016-Feb-05, 04:08 PM
United Launch Alliance Atlas V (USA) launched the new GPS satellite (http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2016/02/05/watch-live-atlasv-rocket-launch-cape-canaveral-air-force-station-gps-iff12-united-launch-alliance/79828916/)

selvaarchi
2016-Feb-07, 05:36 AM
Wow this is a surprise. The eight launch for this year is from :rimshot: North Korea. You head right North Korea.

http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/north-korea-launches-satellite


North Korea launched a satellite this evening (February 6) Eastern Standard Time (EST). It had notified the United Nations of its upcoming launch.

The launch, aboard an Unha-3 rocket, took place at 00:30 GMT February 7 (09:00 local time at North Korea's Sohae Space Center), within the date range specified by North Korea in its most recent notification to the United Nations. North Korea says the satellite, Kwongmyongsong-4, is for remote sensing of the Earth.

The North Korean Central News Agency reported that the satellite was in a 494.4 x 500 kilometer polar orbit inclined at 97.4 degrees.

selvaarchi
2016-Feb-07, 09:33 AM
Russia launches GLONASS-51 (http://www.russianspaceweb.com/glonass51.html) to replenish Russia's navigation network.

selvaarchi
2016-Feb-10, 11:52 AM
Delta 4 has been launched successfully (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/02/ula-delta-iv-nrol-45-launch/).

selvaarchi
2016-Feb-16, 09:20 PM
Sentinel-3A Earth Observation Satellite rides into Orbit (http://spaceflight101.com/sentinel-3a-earth-observation-satellite-rides-into-orbit-atop-russian-rockot-booster/) atop Russian Rockot Booster

selvaarchi
2016-Feb-17, 10:33 AM
Japan successfully launched (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/02/16/h2a-f30-mission-status-center/) their Astro-H X-ray astronomy mission.

selvaarchi
2016-Mar-05, 03:38 AM
Upgraded Falcon 9 successfully lifts SES-9 (http://spaceflight101.com/ses-9-launch-success/) in first Mission to GTO

selvaarchi
2016-Mar-09, 11:35 AM
ESA successfully launched the Eutelsat communications satellite

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/03/09/communications-satellite-launched-to-cover-rio-olympics/

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selvaarchi
2016-Mar-10, 10:57 AM
Just watched ISRO successfully launch the IRNSS 1F satellite. Will update this page with a report on it later.

Well done ISRO congratulations

Full report from spaceflight101 on the launch.

http://spaceflight101.com/pslv-rocket-soars-into-orbit-with-sixth-indian-navigation-satellite/

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selvaarchi
2016-Mar-14, 11:42 AM
Russian Soyuz delivers Resurs-P3 (http://www.russianspaceweb.com/resurs-p3.html)

selvaarchi
2016-Mar-14, 11:56 AM
Russia's workhorse rocket, Proton, launched Europe's only second mission to Mars (http://www.russianspaceweb.com/exomars2016-launch.html) on March 14, at the beginning of an 11-day window.

It is now in earth orbit and like MOM will use the same technique to finally escape earth's gravity to journey to Mars.

Will update ExoMars thread (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?137567-ExoMars-mission&p=2344850#post2344850) when that happens.

selvaarchi
2016-Mar-19, 04:02 AM
Russia successfully launched (http://spaceflight101.com/soyuz-proceeds-with-express-rendezvous-after-achieving-precise-orbit/) the next set of astronauts to the ISS. More details in the ISS thread (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?2823-International-Space-Station&p=2345770#post2345770).

selvaarchi
2016-Mar-23, 07:32 AM
An Atlas 5 rocket successfully launched another Cygnus cargo freighter (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/03/23/second-cygnus-ship-in-three-months-rockets-to-orbit-aboard-atlas-5/) to the ISS.

selvaarchi
2016-Mar-24, 03:57 PM
Russia launches a previous unannounced Bars-M No.2 military satellite (http://www.russianspaceweb.com/bars-m.html#2).

selvaarchi
2016-Apr-01, 11:15 AM
Russia launches cargo ship (http://spaceflight101.com/soyuz-2-1a-progress-ms-02-orbit/) to the ISS

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selvaarchi
2016-Apr-01, 02:53 PM
On Tuesday, March 29, China successfully launched the newest addition to the country’s homegrown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/earth-science/china-successfully-launches-its-newest-beidou-navigation-satellite/

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selvaarchi
2016-Apr-01, 03:31 PM
We have completed 3 months of this year and we already have 22 launches. It is probably the best start of the year we have had for launches for a long time.

As the tempo of launches increases as the year progresses, we are looking at over 100 launches this year☺

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selvaarchi
2016-Apr-05, 10:12 PM
China successfully launched SJ-10 retrievable space science probe (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/06/c_135252986.htm). That is the 1st of the new space crafts to be launched this year (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?154721-China-s-future-space-plans&p=2282249#post2282249)

selvaarchi
2016-Apr-08, 09:12 PM
SpaceX nailed it. Successful launch and spectacular landing on the barge (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8y6nANi32U).

selvaarchi
2016-Apr-23, 07:16 AM
Now who do I believe. This report from from euronews that says "ESA celebrates successful launch of Sentinel 1-B" (http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/22/esa-celebrates-successful-launch-of-sentinel-1-b/) or the other reports that say "Strong high-altitude winds over the Guiana Space Center have delayed the launch of a Soyuz rocket 24 hours. Launch is now set for Saturday at 2102:13 GMT (5:02:13 p.m. EDT) with five satellites."

I will go with the other reports in this case :D

selvaarchi
2016-Apr-23, 11:43 AM
It is confirmed the launch has been postponed by 24 hours as reported in the russianspaceweb (http://www.russianspaceweb.com/sentinel1b.html) :D

selvaarchi
2016-Apr-26, 08:44 PM
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket on April 25 successfully placed a European radar Earth observation satellite, a French fundamental-physics experiment and three European university-built cubesats into low-Earth orbit.

http://spacenews.com/euro-soyuz-launches-sentinel-1b-earth-observation-satellite-and-french-einstein-challenging-physics-experiment/



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selvaarchi
2016-Apr-28, 08:09 AM
Russia successfully launched a Soyuz-2 rocket (http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/roscosmos/vostochny-cosmodrome-debuts-with-the-successful-launch-of-soyuz-2-1a-rocket/) from their new spaceport Vostochny.

selvaarchi
2016-Apr-28, 12:05 PM
In the 1st four months of this year India has launched as many rockets as it did in the whole of 2013. In 2014 and 2015 it launched 5 each year. It looks like India will easily beat those and launch between 8 and 10 this year.

Today it successfully launched the last of their navigation satellites (http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/isro/india-launches-final-irnss-navigation-satellite/). Well done India.:clap:

selvaarchi
2016-May-06, 08:44 AM
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night skies over Florida’s Space Coast in the early morning hours on Friday, lifting the JCSat-14 communications satellite to orbit and mastering a challenging high-energy return of the rocket’s first stage to land on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship deployed to the Atlantic Ocean.

Watch a 11 minutes video of the launch and landing here (http://spaceflight101.com/video-falcon-9-night-launch-successful-booster-landing-after-high-energy-return/).

http://spaceflight101.com/falcon-9-jcsat-14-launch-success/


The 70-meter tall rocket lifted off at the opening of its launch window at 5:21 UTC, 1:21 a.m. local time and quickly climbed into the dark skies over Cape Canaveral, starting a trek to the south-east along the standard route to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Thundering off, Falcon 9 ascended with a thrust of nearly 700 metric-ton-force delivered by its nine Merlin 1D engines that fired for just over two and a half minutes to accelerate the rocket to over six times the speed of sound.

Handing off duties to the second stage, the booster began its adventurous landing maneuver while the MVac engine of the upper stage continued pushing the stack into a preliminary parking orbit. A second firing of the second stage, less than one minute in duration, successfully lifted the high-point of the orbit, allowing JCSat-14 to be sent off on a 15-year mission 32 minutes after launch.

selvaarchi
2016-May-15, 11:19 AM
China successfully launched Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellite (http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/983050.shtml) by a Long March-2D rocket, the 227th mission for the Long March rocket family.

More on the Yaogan-30 remote sensing satellite by Andrew Jones (http://gbtimes.com/china/chinas-fifth-launch-2016-lofts-yaogan-30-remote-sensing-sat)

selvaarchi
2016-May-23, 09:40 PM
As India's successful launch of a winged space plane yesterday (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?155136-India-s-reusable-rocket&p=2355961#post2355961), only went to a peak altitude of 65 Kilometers, I am not including it in the count.

selvaarchi
2016-May-24, 02:06 PM
ESA has successfully launched a Soyuz rocket (http://www.russianspaceweb.com/soyuz-lv-vs15-galileo-foc-m5.html) from Kourou, French Guiana, putting the fifth pair of fully operational Galileo satellites into orbit.

selvaarchi
2016-May-27, 10:19 PM
SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/05/26/falcon-9-thaicom-8-mission-status-center/), deploying Thailand’s Thaicom 8 communications satellite. The rocket’s 1st stage successfully landed on SpaceX’s recovery platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

bknight
2016-May-27, 10:56 PM
So how many so far?

selvaarchi
2016-May-27, 11:04 PM
So how many so far?

31. See the 1st entry (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?159854-No-of-Launches-in-2016) for this thread were I keep a running total by country.

bknight
2016-May-28, 02:01 AM
Thanks, just looked at the latest entry.

selvaarchi
2016-May-29, 10:23 AM
The 32nd launch this year is by Russia. They launched their Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat-M (http://www.russianspaceweb.com/glonass54.html) which carried a GLONASS-M-53 (a.k.a. Uragan-M No. 753) navigation satellite for Russia's GLONASS navigation network.

selvaarchi
2016-May-30, 02:30 PM
The 33ed launch for this year is by China. They launched their Long March 4B rocket (http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/985934.shtml) at 11:17 a.m. Beijing time from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province, China. It carried a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite as well as two NewSat satellites developed by URUGUS S.A., the Uruguayan subsidiary of Argentine company Satellogic.

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-05, 12:23 AM
The 34th launch for this year is by Russia.

http://spaceflight101.com/rockot-geo-ik-2-no-2-launch/

A Rockot launch vehicle arced into the skies over the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Saturday, carrying into orbit Russia’s GEO IK-2 No. 2 Geodesy satellite in an attempt to close a gap in the collection of geodynamic data.

Rockot – Russia’s light-lift workhorse – lifted off from Site 133/3 at 14:00 UTC and was to swing to the north-west to head into a polar orbit from where the satellite can study the entire planet. The two-stage Rockot was in action for five and a half minutes, lifting the 900-Kilogram satellite and its Briz-KM upper stage to a sub-orbital trajectory. Briz-KM then assumed control of the flight by completing a pair of burns, first into an elliptical transfer orbit and the second aiming to circularize the orbit just over 1,000 Kilometers in altitude.

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selvaarchi
2016-Jun-09, 11:36 AM
The 35th launch for this year is also by Russia.

http://spaceflight101.com/intelsat-31-launch-atop-proton/


Russia’s Proton-M heavy-lift workhorse arced into cloudy skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday, starting an all-day ascent mission to deliver the Intelsat 31 satellite to a highly elliptical orbit around Earth.

Making its third launch of the year and 412th overall, Proton-M lifted off from Site 81/24 at 7:10 UTC and departed the Cosmodrome to the north-east, taking the standard route to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Firing its three stages, Proton did the heavy lifting in just under ten minutes to send the Briz-M upper stage and Intelsat 31 spacecraft into a sub-orbital trajectory.

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-11, 09:02 PM
The 36th launch for this year is by the USA.

http://spaceflight101.com/delta-iv-launches-nrol-37/


America’s most powerful rocket blazed into the skies over Florida on Saturday, lifting the classified NROL-37 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office to join a fleet of signals intelligence satellites eavesdropping on foreign territories.

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-12, 09:01 PM
The 37th launch for this year is by China

http://spaceflight101.com/beidou-2-g7-launch/


A Long March 3C rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Sunday in support of China’s existing Navigation Satellite Program, replenishing the Beidou-2 constellation to continue services until the follow-on system comes on line before the end of the decade.

Topped with the Beidou-2 G7 satellite, CZ-3C leapt off its launch pad around 15:30 UTC and thundered into the night skies. The 56-meter tall rocket swung to the south-east to overfly the Chinese mainland, dropping its two-liquid fueled boosters, the first stage and the payload fairing onto the Guizhou and Jianxi provinces.

CZ-3C then flew out over the Pacific Ocean to fire its third stage twice, aiming for a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit from where the satellite can be lifted into Geostationary Orbit to join the Beidou-2 satellite constellation. Launch success was confirmed a little over one hour after liftoff.

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-15, 08:59 PM
The 38th launch for this year is by USA (SpaceX) - SpaceX successfully fires satellites into orbit, but loses booster on landing

http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/15/spacex-successfully-fires-satellites-into-orbit-but-loses-booster-on-landing/


Two pioneering communications satellites purely powered by plasma rocket thrusters lifted off from Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9 launcher Wednesday, starting missions to broadcast video across Asia and Latin America, and improve navigation for airplanes crossing the United States.

The rocket’s first stage booster, a recoverable 15-story vehicle SpaceX hoped to reuse, crashed on landing aboard a mobile platform stationed in the Atlantic Ocean about 420 miles (680 kilometers) east of Florida’s Space Coast, missing the flight’s experimental secondary objective.

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-18, 09:53 PM
The 39th launch for this year is by ESA with the Ariane 5 launch of two U.S.-built satellites (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/17/va230-mission-status-center/)

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-22, 10:46 AM
The 40th launch for this year is by INDIA with a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/22/pslv-c34/). India broke their own record of the number of satellites launched by a single launch be putting 20 satellites into orbit. 13 of the satellites were from the US.

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-24, 03:01 PM
The 41st launch for this year is by USA with an United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket flight (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/23/av063_journal/) carrying the MUOS 5 mobile communications satellite for the U.S. Navy.

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-25, 04:12 PM
The 42nd launch this year is by China. It was the maiden flight of the Long March 7 (http://spaceflight101.com/china-debuts-long-march-7-rocket-from-new-wenchang-satellite-launch-center/).

selvaarchi
2016-Jun-29, 09:10 AM
The 43rd launch this year is by China. Shijian-16 (02) was launched from the Jiuquan satellite launch centre (http://gbtimes.com/china/chinas-secretive-launch-shijian-16-02-research-satellite-follows-long-march-7-success) in the Gobi Desert at 11:21 Beijing time (03:21 UTC) on a hydrazine-fuelled Long March 4B rocket, sending it to an initial 595 x 616 km x 75.0° orbit.

selvaarchi
2016-Jul-07, 02:00 PM
The 44th launch this year is by Russia. ISS Crew Trio launched safely into Orbit (http://spaceflight101.com/first-soyuz-ms-safely-launched/) for Test Drive of modified Soyuz Spacecraft

selvaarchi
2016-Jul-17, 12:47 AM
The 45th launch for this year is by Russia. Mission to take fresh cargo to the ISS (http://spaceflight101.com/progress-ms-03-launch-success/).

selvaarchi
2016-Jul-18, 06:03 AM
The 46th launch for this year is by USA. SpaceX Launches CRS-9 Cargo Mission to ISS (http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/spacex-launches-crs-9-cargo-mission-to-iss-lands-first-stage-at-ccafs)

bknight
2016-Jul-18, 04:47 PM
Busy week for the ISS.

selvaarchi
2016-Jul-28, 12:55 PM
The 47th launch for this year is by USA. The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket departed Cape Canaveral (http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/07/26/av065_journal/) atop 1.5 million pounds of thrust at 8:37 a.m. EDT (1237 GMT) today to deliver the classified NROL-61 payload into space for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

bknight
2016-Jul-28, 05:37 PM
It is too bad that we didn't have the small video camera technology in the 60-70's to view the Saturn V launches.

selvaarchi
2016-Jul-28, 08:43 PM
It is too bad that we didn't have the small video camera technology in the 60-70's to view the Saturn V launches.

Only 2 years to wait before you get a replay in the form of SLS launches :D

selvaarchi
2016-Aug-08, 03:42 PM
The 48th launch for this year is by China. Tiantong-1 Mobile Communications Satellite was placed in Orbit by Chinese Long March 3B
Rocket

http://spaceflight101.com/tiantong-1-launch-success/


A Long March 3B Rocket lifted off from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:22 UTC on Friday, carrying the Tiantong-1 01 mobile communications satellite into orbit.

Although launch success was confirmed within one hour of liftoff by Chinese State Media, no information other than the satellite’s name came forward which would suggest a military nature of the mission.

selvaarchi
2016-Aug-10, 03:16 PM
The 49th launch for this year is by China. China launched a new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging satellite (http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-08/10/content_39058717.htm) from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province on Wednesday.

selvaarchi
2016-Aug-14, 09:30 AM
The 50th launch for this year is by USA (SpaceX). SpaceX’s Falcon 9, carrying the Japanese JCSAT-16 satellite successfully placed it into orbit. (http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/space-exploration-technologies/spacex-launches-jcsat-16-lands-falcon-9-first-stage/) As a bonus, the first stage of the rocket landed on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship “Of Course I Still Love You."

The launch rate needs to go up if we are to hit 100 launches this year.

bknight
2016-Aug-14, 11:15 PM
Another good day for SpaceX

selvaarchi
2016-Aug-15, 08:50 PM
The 51st launch this year is by China. China sent a ground breaking Quantum Science Satellite into orbit on Monday (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?161415-China-s-pioneering-QUantum-Experiments-at-Space-Scale-mission-(QUESS&p=2366452#post2366452) to build the foundation for secure communications technology of the future.

selvaarchi
2016-Aug-20, 08:47 AM
52nd launch this year is by USA. USA for the 1st time this year has more launches than Russia.

http://spaceflight101.com/delta-iv-launches-gssap-3-and-4/

Thundering off from the United States Space Coast in a midnight hour launch on Friday, a ULA Delta IV embarked on a long mission to boost a pair of satellites into orbit for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program – a ‘neighborhood watch’ effort by the United States Air Force to keep tabs on potential threats to U.S. space assets.

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publiusr
2016-Aug-20, 05:31 PM
This was an interesting launch (last year though):
http://www.space.com/33810-nasa-world-record-most-rocket-engines.html

"NASA and the Naval Research Lab have set a world record for the highest number of rocket engines used on a single flight: a total of 44 engines, which flew on a sounding rocket last year."

selvaarchi
2016-Aug-27, 04:48 AM
ESA has successfully launched Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana (http://spaceflight101.com/ariane-5-va232-launch-success/), putting a heavy pair of Intelsat communications satellites into orbit. It was the 53rd launch for the year.

If we are to hit 100 launches this year, the rate of launches need to go up to 12 launches a month for the next 4 months,

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-01, 10:15 AM
China might have had a launch failure. As there is no official confirmation I will not record it for the moment.

http://gbtimes.com/china/did-china-just-suffer-first-space-launch-failure-2016


China was early this morning expected to launch its Gaofen-10 Earth observation satellite from Taiyuan, following the issuance of an airspace exclusion zone days in advance. However, it seems the launch did not go to plan.

Gaofen-10, nominally part of the 'CHEOS' Earth observation system for civilian purposes, was due to be launched on a Long March 4C rocket between 18:46 and 19:11 UTC on Wednesday (02:46-03:11 Thursday Beijing time).

China usually releases information of launches once payloads are successfully heading towards their target orbits around an hour after launch. Much earlier, spectators and insiders often share details and photos of the launch on social media.

However, many hours after the launch window passed there was still silence, with the launch timing and location of the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre apparently limiting opportunities for outside viewers.

7cscb
2016-Sep-01, 12:42 PM
China launch failure suspected.

In one image at the link, Stage 1 debris is on the ground. Is this normal?

http://spaceflight101.com/gaofen-10-launch-failure/

How can a grown up country desperate for a world leadership role be so secretive?

7cscb
2016-Sep-01, 12:45 PM
China launch failure suspected.

In one image at the link, Stage 1 debris is on the ground. Is this normal?

http://spaceflight101.com/gaofen-10-launch-failure/

How can a grown up country desperate for a world leadership role be so secretive?

NSF clears it up: Normal.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/09/long-march-4c-apparently-fails-during-gaofen-10-launch/

7cscb
2016-Sep-01, 03:14 PM
Wow, SpaceX explosion will surely put a damper on launches for the rest of 2016.

Apparently, official Chinese news sources are still unaware of any event related to Long March 4C. Selvaarchi, whose press is slanting this story?

bknight
2016-Sep-01, 04:07 PM
IIRC the loss rate is 1 in 100, launching spacecraft is still a risky business.

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-01, 10:08 PM
IIRC the loss rate is 1 in 100, launching spacecraft is still a risky business.

It is a lot worse than that. Last year we had about 90 successful launches and 2 failures. This year we have had 53 successful launches to date then bang we get two losses within a day. SpaceX and the not confirmed one by China. :(

I have updated the launch statistics in Post #1 to reflect the 2 failures.

bknight
2016-Sep-02, 01:54 PM
It is a lot worse than that. Last year we had about 90 successful launches and 2 failures. This year we have had 53 successful launches to date then bang we get two losses within a day. SpaceX and the not confirmed one by China. :(

I have updated the launch statistics in Post #1 to reflect the 2 failures.

I wouldn't classify the SpaceX as a launch failure as it occurred during ground testing, but that is just my opinion.

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-02, 02:00 PM
I wouldn't classify the SpaceX as a launch failure as it occurred during ground testing, but that is just my opinion.

Technically you are correct but it did have its payload attached and everything is lost. To me that is as good as a launch failure - rocket and payload lost.

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-02, 03:17 PM
Indirect confirmation China did have a launch failure.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/99866/20160902/china-silent-destruction-gaofen-10-satellite-launched-aug-31.htm


Chinese media reports claim the problem occurred in the rocket's third and final stage. The mechanical glitch reduced the booster's speed, causing it to plunge towards the Earth. Most of the booster and the satellite burned up as they re-entered the atmosphere,.

China's official news media has so far kept silent about the failure. State-run CCTV, however, broadcast the rocket's launch but didn't issue any follow-up reports, which China watchers say is an indirect confirmation the mission was a failure.

The loss of the satellite was revealed to the world by aihangtian.com, a website run by Chinese professional astronautic experts and space enthusiasts. Confirmation of the loss of Gaofen-10 was made by the police department in Shaanxi Province.

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-08, 02:30 PM
56th launch this year is by India. For details see here (https://forum.cosmoquest.org/showthread.php?152093-India-s-new-launch-vehicles-GSLV-Series&p=2369140#post2369140).

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-09, 05:36 AM
57th launch is by America. Read all about it here (https://forum.cosmoquest.org/showthread.php?t=154665)

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selvaarchi
2016-Sep-14, 03:49 PM
58th launch is by :rimshot: Israel. It launched its Shavit rocket for the first time since 2014 on Tuesday, carrying an Ofek reconnaissance satellite into low Earth orbit. Although the launch was a success, the satellite suffered unspecified problems.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/09/israel-launches-ofek-spy-satellite-malfunctions/


Tuesday’s launch, which appears to have carried an optical imaging satellite, took place at 16:38 local time (14:38 UTC) from the Palmachim airbase on Israel’s Mediterranean coast following a 24-hour delay due to adverse weather.

Israel did not announce the launch until the spacecraft was already in orbit.

Reports shortly after the launch suggested that the satellite had experienced some form of problem during its early phases of operation.

Amnon Harari, the head of the Space department within Israel’s Ministry of Defence, informed reporters of “indications of some things that aren’t working as we expected”, and that work would be ongoing to “stabilise” the spacecraft over the next few days.

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-15, 02:45 PM
The 59th launch this year is by China. In a cloud of brown smoke, Tiangong-2 roared into the air (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-09/15/c_135689787.htm) underneath a mid-autumn full moon from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the back of a Long March-2F rocket, trailing a vast volume of flame.

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-16, 02:48 PM
60th launch is by ESA. Arianespace has successfully conducted its seventh mission of the year on Thursday, Sept. 15, sending PerúSAT-1 spacecraft and four SkySat micro-satellites into space (http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/arianespace/vega-launcher-sends-perusat-1-four-skysat-satellites-orbit/) atop a Vega launcher.

selvaarchi
2016-Sep-26, 07:09 AM
61st launch this year is by India. Breaking many records (https://forum.cosmoquest.org/showthread.php?153847-India-s-PSLV-rockets&p=2371701#post2371701) in the process.

selvaarchi
2016-Oct-06, 01:56 AM
62nd launch this year is by ESA. Ariane 5 launches Satellites for Australia & India (http://spaceflight101.com/ariane-5-va-231-launch-success/)

selvaarchi
2016-Oct-17, 05:25 AM
The 63rd launch this year is by China. After a break of three years China again has sent two astronauts to space (https://forum.cosmoquest.org/showthread.php?152373-China-Space-Station&p=2374335#post2374335). Congratulations China :clap:

selvaarchi
2016-Oct-18, 01:25 AM
64th launch is by America. Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket made a triumphant return on Monday (http://spaceflight101.com/antares-return-to-flight-success/), rumbling into the night skies over Wallops Island to lift the Cygnus OA-5 cargo spacecraft into orbit to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

selvaarchi
2016-Oct-19, 09:23 AM
65th launch is by Russia. Russia’s trusted Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday (http://spaceflight101.com/soyuz-ms-02-launch-success/), carrying into orbit the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft with three Russian-American crew members to begin a four-and-a-half space flight as part of International Space Station Expedition 49/50.

publiusr
2016-Oct-22, 06:25 PM
R-7 itself turns 60 soon.

selvaarchi
2016-Nov-03, 05:39 AM
66th launch for the year is by Japan.

http://spaceflight101.com/h-iia-himawari-9-launch-success/

Japan’s H-IIA Rocket jumped off its sea-side launch pad on Tanegashima Island on Wednesday, lifting the Himawari-9 weather satellite into orbit to start a mission ensuring the country can access crucial weather data until the early 2030s.

H-IIA, making its second launch of the year, fired up its cryogenic main engine and twin Solid Rocket Boosters at 6:20 UTC, 3:20 p.m. local time to begin a 28-minute flight to a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit from where the 3,500 Kilogram satellite can maneuver to its high-altitude perch where it will capture a multi-wavelength picture of the entire visible globe every ten minutes.

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selvaarchi
2016-Nov-03, 07:18 PM
The 67th launch is by China with their brand new rocker Long March 5.

http://spaceflight101.com/long-march-5-inaugural-launch-success/

China’s Long March 5 Heavy-Lift Rocket made an impressive debut launch on Thursday, thundering into the evening skies over Hainan Island to embark on a long-awaited shakedown mission to demonstrate the country’s most powerful rocket, on-par with the heavy-weight launchers of the world.

Long March 5 represents a cornerstone in China’s space ambitions and will be called upon for the launches of the country’s Space Station modules, beginning as early as 2018 with the Tianhe core module, heavy geostationary satellites that go beyond the capability of China’s current line of launchers, and interplanetary exploration missions such as the planned Chang’e 5 lunar sample return and 2020 Mars rover.

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selvaarchi
2016-Nov-10, 11:20 AM
The 68th launch (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/11/second-long-march-11-five-satellites/) this year is also by China.

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selvaarchi
2016-Nov-11, 10:15 PM
The 69th launch this year is be USA. ULA’s Atlas V rocket resumed launches from the U.S. West Coast with the commercial WorldView-4 satellite (http://spaceflight101.com/atlas-v-worldview-4-launch-success/)

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selvaarchi
2016-Nov-13, 03:46 AM
The 70th launch is by China.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/12/c_135824103.htm

China sent into space a meteorological satellite, Yunhai-1, at 7:14 a.m. Saturday from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's gobi desert.

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selvaarchi
2016-Nov-18, 02:16 AM
The 71st launch is by Russia. They launched 3 new crew members to the ISS. (http://spaceflight101.com/soyuz-ms-03-launch-success/)

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selvaarchi
2016-Nov-18, 02:21 AM
The 72nd launch this year is by ESA. (http://spaceflight101.com/ariane-5-va233-photos/)

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selvaarchi
2016-Nov-20, 04:21 AM
The 73rd launch for this year (http://spaceflight101.com/goes-r-launch-success/), is also the 20th by USA:clap:

selvaarchi
2016-Nov-23, 07:35 AM
The 74th launch for this year (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-11/23/c_135850602.htm) is by China.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-01, 11:44 PM
The 75th launch this year (http://spaceflight101.com/progress-ms-04-lost-soyuz-launch-failure/) is by Russia. Unfortunately the 3rd stage failed and we lost another cargo ship to the ISS 😑

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selvaarchi
2016-Dec-05, 03:42 PM
The 76th launch for this year (https://spaceflightnow.com/2016/12/05/vv08-mission-status-center/) is the 10th launch by ESA.

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selvaarchi
2016-Dec-07, 06:37 AM
The 77th launch this year (https://forum.cosmoquest.org/showthread.php?153847-India-s-PSLV-rockets&p=2380812#post2380812) is by India.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-08, 05:44 AM
The 78th launch this year (http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/ula/ula-successfully-delivers-wgs-8-military-communications-satellite-orbit/) is by USA.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-09, 10:12 PM
The 79th launch this year (http://spaceflight101.com/h-iib-htv-6-launch-success/) is by Japan.

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selvaarchi
2016-Dec-10, 06:57 AM
At one stage I thought we will be lucky to hit 80 launches this year but there is no end to surprises. We now might hit 90 but not the 100 I was hoping for at the start of the year. Unfortunately we already know one has been delayed to next year - SpaceX

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/busy-december-global-launch-salvo/


Up to 15 orbital launches are set to take place during a very busy December, not counting the opening mission of the month that resulted in the loss of the Progress MS-04 cargo ship that was set to dock with the ISS over the weekend. This month is likely to include the highly anticipated return to flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-10, 09:22 PM
The 80th launch this year (http://spaceflight101.com/fengyun-4-long-march-3b-launch-success/) is by China. It is their 20th launch for the year.

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selvaarchi
2016-Dec-15, 02:09 PM
The 81st launch this year (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/pegasus-cygnss-constellation-deployment/) is by USA.

bknight
2016-Dec-15, 05:01 PM
The 81st launch this year (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/pegasus-cygnss-constellation-deployment/) is by USA.

And all the sub-satellites separated on-time.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-16, 12:16 AM
And all the sub-satellites separated on-time.

That was only with 8 with satellites. US has put up 29 satellites in one go but the record is held by Russia with 39. Next month India hopes to beat them all with 87.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-18, 08:56 PM
The 82nd launch this year (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/atlas-v-ulas-2016-echostar-xix/) is also by USA.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-20, 02:05 PM
The 83rd launch this year (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/epsilon-2-rocket-launch-japanese-erg-mission/) is by Japan.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-21, 10:19 PM
The the 84th launch this year is by ESA. (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/arianespace-close-out-2016-ariane-5-launch/)

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-21, 10:21 PM
The the 85th launch this year is by China. (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/long-march-2d-tansat-spacecraft/)

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-28, 03:00 PM
The 86th launch this year is also by China. (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/superview-duo-long-march-2d/)

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selvaarchi
2016-Dec-28, 04:34 PM
With only three days to go before the end of the year, the USA is in the lead with 23 launches this year. China is in 2nd place with 22 launches.

In 3rd place is Russia with 17 launches. A far cry from the 100+ launches it did during its hay days.

http://us.pressfrom.com/news/world/-8692-russia-falls-behind-us-china-in-annual-rocket-launch-rate/

The U.S. and China surpassed Russia in the maximum number of space rocket launches for 2017, the Moscow Times reported Tuesday. This is the first time Russia has fallen to third place behind China.

The launch rate decreased because of a change in Russia’s space strategy, Alexander Ivanov, deputy chief of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, told the Moscow Times. He said the agency was focusing on reviving existing programs.

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7cscb
2016-Dec-29, 01:38 PM
The 86th launch this year is also by China. (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/12/superview-duo-long-march-2d/)

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According to several Western sources the satellites were not released in the proper higher orbit. As with the failed Long March 4, Chinese press (China Daily and Global Times) do not report any problems. sigh.

selvaarchi
2016-Dec-29, 02:23 PM
According to several Western sources the satellites were not released in the proper higher orbit. As with the failed Long March 4, Chinese press (China Daily and Global Times) do not report any problems. sigh.
Still waiting for information if it was a total loss or if it can be recovered.

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selvaarchi
2016-Dec-30, 02:01 PM
Still waiting for information if it was a total loss or if it can be recovered.

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They are in the process of trying to raise their orbits

http://spacenews.com/chinese-satellites-raising-orbits-after-launch-anomaly/

Two Chinese remote sensing satellites placed into a low orbit after an apparent problem with their launch vehicle are gradually raising their orbits and may still be able to carry out their missions.

The two SuperView-1 satellites launched at 10:23 p.m. Eastern Dec. 27 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on a Long March 2D rocket. Chinese media declared the launch a success, but satellite observers noted the two spacecraft were placed in elliptical orbits ranging from 214 to 524 kilometers rather than the planned circular sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 530 kilometers.

Since the launch, the two satellites have been gradually raising their orbits. Orbital data provided by the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Center indicated that as of early Dec. 30 one spacecraft, designated SuperView-1 01, is in an orbit of 352 by 526 kilometers. The other, SuperView-1 02, is in an orbit of 369 by 526 kilometers.

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selvaarchi
2017-Jan-01, 07:23 AM
Well 2016 is over and by my count we have the USA 1st with 23 launches, 2nd place is China with 22 launches and 3ed place Russia with 17 launches.

Only 86 launches in total this year. A far cry from the 100+ we were hoping for at the beginning of the year.

Other sites will have USA and China on a tie at 22 each. That is because I have SpaceX's failure as a launch but most will not include it.

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selvaarchi
2017-Jan-04, 04:07 PM
Still waiting for information if it was a total loss or if it can be recovered.

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It has been recovered 😊

http://spaceflight101.com/chinese-earth-imaging-satellites-complete-orbit-raising-campaign/

Two Chinese Earth-imaging satellites spent the last week climbing into their operational orbits after being dropped off in a lower-than-planned orbit by their Long March 2D rocket on December 28. Gradually raising their orbits over a period of days, the two Gaojing satellites are now in a position from where they can begin fulfilling their operational missions.

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