2005 Rocket Launch Recap

Our roundup of all the launches that happened in 2005, along with key stats, trends and info. You can learn more about our data, and how we present it here.

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Total Launches


Successful Launches


Failed Launches


Success Rate


Humans launched to space

Notable 2005 Achievements

🌕 First landing in the outer Solar System (Titan)
🧊 First spacecraft to impact a comet
🪨 First spacecraft to take off from an asteroid

How 2005 Compares to Previous Years

There were 52 successful launch attempts in 2005 and 4 failed launch attempts. These figures include test/development launches, which are more prone to failure.

Rocket Launches by Year

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Launches by Nation in 2005

In 2005, companies and agencies from 6 Nations attempted launches, including Russia (29 launches), the United States (12 launches) and China (6 launches).

Total Rocket Launches by Nation in 2005

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Launches by Launch Service Providers in 2005

17 Launch Service Providers completed launches in 2005, including ROSCOSMOS (11 launches), Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (7 launches) and CASC (6 launches).

Top 10 Space Launch Service Providers in 2005 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Vehicle in 2005

29 different Launch Vehicles launched off in 2005. The top 3 were the Soyuz U (6 launches), Soyuz FG (5 launches) and Ariane 5 (5 launches) launch vehicles.

Top 10 Launch Vehicles in 2005 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Sites in 2005

Rockets launched from 13 Launch Sites in 2005. The most active launch sites were Baikonur Cosmodrome (19 launches), Plesetsk Cosmodrome (6 launches) and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (6 launches).

Top 10 Launch Sites in 2005

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Astronauts Launched by Nationality in 2005

In 2005, 15 humans from 5 nations were launched into space, including the United States (9 astronauts), Russia (2 astronauts) and China (2 astronauts).

Astronauts Launched by Nationality in 2005

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Where we launched to in 2005

We launched off to 6 different locations beyond earth in 2005 (including flybys). Most launches were to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) (25 launches), Geostationary Orbit (GEO) (21 launches) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) (2 launches).

Top Launch Destinations in 2005

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