The Top 5 Countries with the Most Orbital Spacecraft Launches

  Country Space Launches Percentage of Total
1 Russia 245 40%
2 United States 218 35%
3 Europe 69 11%
4 China 59 9%
5 Japan 17 3%
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 Facts
  1. There was a total of 643 successful space launches between the years 1999 to 2008.
  2. Israel and China devote 100% of their space budget to the military in 2008.
  3. In 2009 Iran announced that it carried out its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit.
  4. In 2008 there were 63 successful orbital space launches with 3 failures.
  5. China launched its first satellite in 1970. By October 16, 2003, it had conducted 79 launches. Of those, 67 were successes, 8 were complete failures, and 4 were partial failures placing satellites into incorrect orbits.
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Sources:  Futron's Space Competitiveness Index 2009.

List Notes: Data is Successful spacecraft launches from the years 1999 to 2008.
Countries with the Most Orbital Spacecraft Launches

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