Editor’s Note: You will note that Chinese rockets have been extremely reliable over the past decade. They have experienced only 1 failure in 109 launches, which is a 99.08 percent success rate. It is a remarkable figure given how many launches have been done.

A Closer Look at Chinese Launch Activities in 2012

Posted by Doug Messier on February 11, 2013, at 5:24 am

China was in second place in 2012 in terms of both launches (19) and payloads orbited (30). That record put it just behind Russia and ahead of the United States. One of those launches involved a three-person crew sent to the Tiangong-1 space station.

The following look at Chinese launch activities is excerpted from the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation’s new report, “The Annual Compendium of Commercial Space Transportation: 2012.” The excerpt includes a summary of 2012 launch activities, closer looks at the Long March 2 and 3 rockets, and a summary of the Long March 5, 6 and 7 launch vehicles now under development.

China Launch Activities in 2012

China conducted 19 orbital launches, including 2 commercial launches, in 2012—the same number as in 2011. Nine launches were conducted from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, five from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, and five from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Table 31 summarizes 2012 Chinese launch activity by vehicle. More details on Chinese launches are below.

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