[FPSPACE] 2003 Space Launch Totals

ed kyle edkyle99@hotmail.com
Tue, 06 Jan 2004 21:28:07 +0000

Keith Gottschalk kgottschalk@uwc.ac.za wrote, on
Fri, 02 Jan 2004 14:01:24 +0200

>>2003 Space Launch Totals (List Follows)
>>Items of note: [snip]
>>Russo/Ukrainian launchers were 24/24.  U.S. was second  with 22/23 record. 
>>  China was third (6/7).  Europe was  fourth (4/4).  Japan fifth (2/3).  
>>India sixth (2/2).
>   It is interesting that so soon China has overtaken ESA for yearly
>number of launches, in addition to an indigenous human spaceflight
>capacity.  Let's see if they maintain this lead.

It seems that China intends to do that, based on announcements
made this week.  China announced plans for what would be a
record 10 launches while Arianespace said it planned 4-6 Ariane 5
launches.  By itself, Sea Launch could launch as many rockets as
Arianespace in 2004.

- Ed Kyle

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