Roscosmos: the leader in the number of launch vehicles remains Russia

In 2012 Russia, as in previous years, remained the leader in the number of rocket launches by running more than 38% of all start-ups carried out in the world, announced today, March 1, at the board meeting of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Vladimir Popovkin, the head of department .

According to him, in 2012, Russia provided conduct 24 rocket launches. Launched 33 spacecraft, including the participation of Russia have been successfully implemented two launches from Kourou, French Guiana, and the three start-up program "Sea Launch" with the launching into orbit four satellites.

At the beginning of 2013, the Russian orbital constellation of spacecraft scientific and socio-economic facilities included 75 spacecraft, including navigation — 29, and broadcasting — 26, Earth observation — 2, hydrometeorological — 2, for scientific purposes — 2, the experimental — 5 modules of the International Space Station — 5 manned spacecraft — 2 cargo ships — 2.

According to the press service of the Russian Federal Space Agency, the number of constellation of spacecraft Russia is more than 10% of the total number of spacecraft constellation world.


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