Americans 2 times ahead of Russia in the number of space launches


For the first six months of 2020, Americans were 2 times ahead of Russia in the number of space launches, writes the online publication Ars Technica from the United States.


The publication explains that over the specified time SpaceX carried out 11 launches, and the United Launch Alliance only 3 (14 launches in total). At the same time, Russia launched seven launch vehicles, while Europe and Japan generally did 2. each. Only the Chinese overtook the Americans. Beijing had 15 launches, of which 2 were unsuccessful.

SpaceX has already promised that in 2020 it will surpass its own record for the number of launches. In the second half of 2020, the company has planned 12 launches. Moreover, in 2018, SpaceX conducted 21 launches, and in 2019 carried out only 13.

Regarding the “half-year 2020 results,” the publication forgot to clarify that in Russia at that time 7 launches were planned. In the second half of this year, Russia plans to implement another 24.

Back in April 2020, Ars Technica noticed that the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which uses Merlin power plants (rocket engines), outperformed the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle, where the Russian RD-180 is used . However, the publication did not pay attention to the fact that ULA launches are carried out for the purposes of US national security and have no relation to commerce.
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  1. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 5 July 2020 18: 38
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    What do you want? So here we have, I heard somewhere, the “liberals” who are unloved here especially: they spoil at the porches, steal from the budget, give unrealizable promises, send money abroad, build mansions and apartments in foreign countries and Russia, build “enemy” citizenship and children receive, etc. Got it already !!! How is the “space" to be raised?
    1. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 5 July 2020 19: 50
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      Something I did not understand, who is spoiling your budget from abroad?
      1. Arkharov Offline
        Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 5 July 2020 20: 37
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        Maybe you?
        1. Dear sofa expert. 5 July 2020 22: 04
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          Maybe you?

          Yes, the question is not simple. Your place of residence is not indicated. Are you shy about him?
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 5 July 2020 22: 57
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    Expected.
    The Americans have already overtaken us for launch for 2 years.
    However, it seems that Rogozin promised 40 launches this year. According to article 31.
    But in real life - nobody really answers for space. The more PR and projections, the more VIP top incomes ....

    Remember holes ...
    1. Brancodd Offline
      Brancodd 6 July 2020 13: 10
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      What is expected? That OneWeb will go bankrupt and this will reduce the number of launches this year by 8?

      Launch statistics for 2019.
      In 2019, EKA completed 9 starts, including 1 emergency.
      Roscosmos -25 (all trouble-free).
      The USA has 21 (all trouble-free). Excluding ultralight Rocket Lab (New Zealand).
      China - 34 (2 emergency).
      Such is the effectiveness in comparison.
      The period without emergency launches of Roscosmos is 1 year and 10 months. In total - 35. This is a record for the entire post-Soviet period.
      If everything is so “bad” with us, then in what terms then evaluate the activities of EKA?
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 July 2020 15: 05
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        Expected anyway. China is overtaking everyone, Yusa is catching up.
        However, I was mistaken. Yusa still in 19 did not overtake.

        But bad, not bad - everything is relative. This is you pay attention.
      2. Cyril Offline
        Cyril (Kirill) 6 July 2020 19: 58
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        Strange, you count all the launches of Russia, including the launches of the light Rokot, but you don’t count the launches of Electron.
        1. Brancodd Offline
          Brancodd 8 July 2020 14: 24
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          It is incorrect to compare Electron with Rokot. 250 kg of payload versus 2300 (9 times Roar displays a large load!) The electron needs to be compared with weather balloons. But you can turn it on. Only in this case, the accident-free operation of American launches evaporates:
          New Zealand rocket launch fails in New Zealand

          https://vpk.name/news/416805_zapusk_rakety_electron_
          v_novoi_zelandii_zavershilsya_neudachei.html
          1. Cyril Offline
            Cyril (Kirill) 8 July 2020 14: 55
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            It is incorrect to compare Electron with Rokot. 250 kg payload versus 2300 (9 times Rokot displays a large load!)

            It was in your comment about space launches in general, you did not say anything about the load. So, according to your logic, the launches of the “roars” cannot be taken into account, because the American Falcons and Atlases put a load ten times greater into orbit.

            You either talk about all launches at once, or in more detail about the launches of the launch vehicles of each class - one of two.

            An electron needs to be compared with weather balloons.

            Weather balloons bring payload into orbit? Since when?

            Only in this case, the accident-free operation of American launches evaporates:
            New Zealand rocket launch fails in New Zealand

            An unsuccessful launch was this year, last year all 6 launches of Electron were successful.