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RE: Only 58 flights reaching orbit this year...




Peter:

I could not find the article on that page with about a
30 second search.  ;-).


I would find it most interesting to know if most of the
decline in launches to orbit is directly attributable
to a large decrease in the launches in the former
Soviet Union?

Happy New Year,
Bob


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
Behalf Of Peter Guelzow
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2001 5:00 PM
To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Only 58 flights reaching orbit this year...



Just found this on http://spaceflightnow.com/

The year 2001 has turned out to be the slowest for space launches in
nearly 40 years with only 58 flights to reach orbit, along with one
complete failure -- the Orbital Sciences Taurus rocket that was supposed
to loft two satellites. 

Historians say you must look back to 1963 to find a year that produce
that few of launches to reach orbit when 55 missions placed payloads
into space. There were actually 70 launches that year, but 15 never made
it to orbit. 

In 2000 there were 82 launches to orbit plus three failures. 

By contrast the most productive year was 1984 when 129 launches
delivered payloads into orbit. 

73s Peter, DB2OS

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