Orbital Launch Statistics for 2016

The Soyuz MS-02 rocket is launched with Expedition 49 Soyuz commander Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, flight engineer Shane Kimbrough of NASA, and flight engineer Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Ryzhikov, Kimbrough, and Borisenko will spend the next four months living and working aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)
The Soyuz MS-02 rocket is launched with Expedition 49 Soyuz commander Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, flight engineer Shane Kimbrough of NASA, and flight engineer Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

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There were 85 orbital launches in 2016, not including the Falcon 9 that exploded on launch pad prior to a pre-flight engine test. The launches break down as follow:

  • United States: 22 (22-0)
  • China: 22 (20-1-1)
  • Russia: 19 (18-1)
  • Europe: 9 (9-0)
  • India: 7 (7-0)
  • Japan: 4 (4-0)
  • Israel: 1 (1-0)
  • North Korea: 1 (1-0)

For a more detailed description of these launches, please read US, China Led World in Launches in 2016.

Let’s look at launches by booster and spaceport and the flights that were required for human spaceflight.

Launches by Booster

In this one second exposure photograph, the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft is seen launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)
In this one second exposure photograph, the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft is seen launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Russia’s venerable Soyuz booster continued to lead the world in launches in 2016, with 13 successes in 14 attempts. Soyuz was followed by Falcon 9 and Atlas V with eight successful launches each and Ariane 5 with seven launches. The ninth Falcon 9 blew up on the launch pad prior to a pre-flight test.

LAUNCH VEHICLE
NATION
SUCCESSES
LAUNCH FAILURES
LAUNCH PAD FAILURES
PARTIAL FAILURES TOTAL
Soyuz Russia 13 1 0 0 14
Falcon 9 USA 8 0 1 0 9
Atlas V USA 8 0 0 0 8
Ariane 5 Europe 7 0 0 0 7
PSLV India 6 0 0 0 6
Long March 2D China 5 0 0 1 6
Delta IV USA 4 0 0 0 4
Long March 3B China 3 0 0 0 3
Proton Russia 3 0 0 0 3
Long March 3C China 2 0 0 0 2
H-IIA Japan 2 0 0 0 2
Long March 2F China 2 0 0 0 2
Long March 4B China 2 0 0 0 2
Long March 4C China 1 1 0 0 2
Rockot Russia 2 0 0 0 2
Vega Europe 2 0 0 0 2
Antares USA 1 0 0 0 1
Epsilon Japan 1 0 0 0 1
GSLV India 1 0 0 0 1
H-IIB Japan 1 0 0 0 1
Long March 3A China 1 0 0 0 1
Long March 5 China 1 0 0 0 1
Long March 7 China 1 0 0 0 1
Long March 11 China 1 0 0 0 1
Pegasus XL USA 1 0 0 0 1
Shavit-2 Israel 1 0 0 0 1
Unhae North Korea 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL: 82 2 1 1 86

Launches By Spaceport

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station led all spaceports with 18 launches, a figure that does not include SpaceX’s Falcon 9 pre-flight launch pad failure. The Cape was followed by Baikonur and Kourou with 11 launches each. China’s Jiuquan and Xicheng spaceports followed with 9 and 8 launches, respectively.

SPACEPORT NATION
LAUNCH VEHICLES
LAUNCHES
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station USA Atlas V, Delta IV, Falcon 9, Pegasus XL 18
Baikonur Russia Proton, Soyuz 11
Kourou Europe Ariane 5, Soyuz, Vega 11
Jiuquan China Long March 2D, Long March 2F, Long March 4B, Long March 11 9
Xichang China Long March 3A, Long March 3B, Long March 3C 8
Satish Dhawan India GSLV, PSLV 7
Plesetsk Russia Rockot, Soyuz 5
Taiyuan China
Long March 2D, Long March 4B, Long March 4C 4
Tanegashima Japan H-IIA, H-IIB 3
Vandenberg USA Atlas V, Delta IV, Falcon 9 3
Wenchang China Long March 5, Long March 7 2
Palmachim Israel Shavit-2 1
Sohae North Korea Unha 1
Uchinoura Japan Epsilon 1
Vostochny Russia Soyuz 1
Wallops Island USA Antares 1
TOTAL: 85

Wallops Island was back in the orbital launch business after a two-year stand down caused by the loss of an Antares booster in October 2014.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome and China’s Wenchang spaceport hosted their inaugural launches in 2016.

Human Spaceflight

At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49 crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Sergey Ryzhikov (center) and Andrey Borisenko (right) of Roscosmos pose for pictures Sept. 9 in front of their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft during a pre-launch training fit check. Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and Borisenko will launch Sept. 24, Kazakh time on the Soyuz MS-02 vehicle for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov)
At the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49 crewmembers Shane Kimbrough of NASA (left) and Sergey Ryzhikov (center) and Andrey Borisenko (right) of Roscosmos pose for pictures Sept. 9 in front of their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft during a pre-launch training fit check. (Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov)

A total of fourteen launches were conducted to support ISS and the Chinese Tiangong-2 space station.

Russia continued to provide the only human transportation to and from ISS. The nation launched four Soyuz crew missions to the orbiting laboratory.

DATE LAUNCH VEHICLE
NATION
MISSION MISSION TYPE
LAUNCH SITE
RESULT
03/18/16 Soyuz Russia ISS 46S ISS Crew Baikonur Success
03/22/16 Atlas V USA OA-6 ISS Resupply CCAFS Success
03/31/16 Soyuz Russia Progress 63P ISS Resupply Baikonur Success
04/08/16 Falcon 9 USA CRS-8 ISS Resupply CCAFS Success
07/07/16 Soyuz Russia ISS-47S ISS Crew Baikonur Success
07/16/16 Soyuz Russia Progress 64P ISS Resupply Baikonur Success
07/18/16 Falcon 9 USA CRS-9 ISS Resupply CCAFS Success
09/15/16 Long March 2F China Tiangong-2 Space Station Jiuquan Success
10/16/16 Long March 2F China Shenzhou-11 Tiangong-2 Crew Jiuquan Success
10/17/16 Antares USA OA-5 ISS Resupply Wallops Success
10/19/16 Soyuz Russia ISS 48S ISS Crew Baikonur Success
11/17/16 Soyuz Russia ISS 49P ISS Crew Baikonur Success
12/01/16 Soyuz Russia Progress 65P ISS Resupply Baikonur Failure
12/09/16 H-IIB Japan HTV-6 ISS Resupply Tanegashima Success

ISS was also visited by seven resupply ships, including two Russian Progress, two SpaceX Dragon, two Orbital ATK Cygnus, and one Japanese HTV. A third Progress launch failed in December.

The Chinese conducted the launch of the Tiangong 2 space station in September and sent astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong there aboard Shenzhou-11 in October for a 30-day stay. Their 33-day spaceflight was the longest in Chinese history. An automated supply ship will be launched to the station in 2017.

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