I don't think I've seen a thread on this, so here are a couple of graphs showing worldwide (orbital) launches per year and a breakdown by country/region since 2000.I've also included the per country data, as I don't think it is quite right before 2016.Note: this year's numbers are a projection based on number so far and number of days remaining in the year ...Edit: the linear fits assume +2.1/yr worldwide and +0.6/yr launches excluding China--- Tony

Quote from: jebbo on 10/17/2018 02:56 pmI don't think I've seen a thread on this, so here are a couple of graphs showing worldwide (orbital) launches per year and a breakdown by country/region since 2000.I've also included the per country data, as I don't think it is quite right before 2016.Note: this year's numbers are a projection based on number so far and number of days remaining in the year ...Edit: the linear fits assume +2.1/yr worldwide and +0.6/yr launches excluding China--- TonyWhich country gets credit for the RocketLab launch from New Zealand?

QuoteWhich country gets credit for the RocketLab launch from New Zealand?The United States would get the Rocket Lab credit since the company originated in Huntington Beach, California. New Zealand is just a subsidiary.

Which country gets credit for the RocketLab launch from New Zealand?

I had the chance to compare this year's tally of launches, and given the number of scheduled launches for the remainder of this year, this year could see the highest number of successful launches since 1990, at over 110 launches (there were 121 launches in 1990 alone; https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_chr/lau1990.htm). This high launch frequency is probably in part because of the increasing launch frequency of the Falcon rocket family.

Quote from: VDD1991 on 11/15/2018 01:01 amI had the chance to compare this year's tally of launches, and given the number of scheduled launches for the remainder of this year, this year could see the highest number of successful launches since 1990, at over 110 launches (there were 121 launches in 1990 alone; https://space.skyrocket.de/doc_chr/lau1990.htm). This high launch frequency is probably in part because of the increasing launch frequency of the Falcon rocket family.That and the surge of Chinese launches, more than doubling last year's tally. Even with Falcon 9, the US launch rate of 33 in 2018 is only just now approaching the rates of the late 90's.Next year also promises a high launch rate, if the new generation of light launchers stays on track and opens a new market segment. Virgin, RocketLab, and Vector each have over a dozen launches on their manifest for 2019.

Looking at the graphs I wonder if this is true or not.How could there be 140 launches in the 60s when there were only two players in the game? In fact all the number seem really high! Were there really launches every 3 days in the 60s?

Quote from: Bismuth on 01/17/2019 07:50 amLooking at the graphs I wonder if this is true or not.How could there be 140 launches in the 60s when there were only two players in the game? In fact all the number seem really high! Were there really launches every 3 days in the 60s?Yes. short-lived, often film-based reconnaissance satellites in low orbit and the cold war and all the spy-sats that entailed were prime drivers.