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Space Launches

SPACE LAUNCHES (payloads by country and purpose, annually) PURPOSE Military Commercial Government Amateur (nonmilitary) (includes universities) ANNUAL PAYLOADS 25 50 100 150 200 COUNTRY USSR/Russia USA TOTAL PAYLOADS 3,960 2,031 10 '10 '05 '05 USA 2011 Final space shuttle mission '00 '0 95 '95 Russia USSR '90 06, '85 '85 '80 '80 '75 '75 Information graphic by TOMMY MCCALL and 70 '70 MIKE ORCUTT '65 '65 60 '60 '57 '57 USA 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing USSR 1957 Sputnik 1 placed Notes: “Joint Ventures" refers to the multinational satellite consortia INTELSAT, INMARSAT, EUTELSAT, and EUMETSAT. The European Space Research Organization (ESRO) was a forerunner to the European Space Agency (ESA), which was formed in 1975. into orbit USSR Russia USA NASA 48 U.K. U.K. 35 Canada Canada 26 Italy Italy 92 Joint Ventures Joint Ventures 74 France France 13 Australia Australia ESRO & ESA 69 ESRO & ESA 53 Germany Germany 154 Japan Japan China China 15 Spain Spain Netherlands 5 Netherlands 54 India India 15 Indonesia Indonesia Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 23 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Brazil 13 Brazil Mexico Mexico 12 Sweden Sweden Luxembourg - 20 Luxembourg Israel 13 Israel Hong Kong Argentina 10 Hong Kong 6 Argentina Pakistan 2 Pakistan South Korea 12 South Korea 7 Thailand 1 Portugal 6 Turkey Czech Republic Thailand Porțugal Turkey Czech Republic Ukraine 3 Ukraine Malaysia Norway Philippinės Egypt Chile Malaysia 7 Norway 1 Philippines 4 Egypt Chile Singapore Denmark Singapore 4. Denmark South Africa South Africa Taiwan Taiwan 8. UAE UAE Bermuda 17 Bermuda Morocco Morocco Algeria Niġeria Greece 2 Algeria 2 Nigeria Greece Iran 3 Iran Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Mauritius 3 Mauritius Colombia Colombia Vietnam Vietnam Venezuela Venezuela Switżerland Switzerland

Space Launches

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The retirement of the space shuttles marks the end of NASA's human spaceflight program, at least for now. But human missions funded by the U.S. government have represented only a small part of the act...

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