2006 Rocket Launch Recap

Our roundup of all the launches that happened in 2006, 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 2006 Achievements

๐Ÿงช First sample return from a comet

How 2006 Compares to Previous Years

There were 63 successful launch attempts in 2006 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 2006

In 2006, companies and agencies from 6 Nations attempted launches, including Russia (29 launches), the United States (19 launches) and Japan (6 launches).

Total Rocket Launches by Nation in 2006

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Launches by Launch Service Providers in 2006

19 Launch Service Providers completed launches in 2006, including ROSCOSMOS (10 launches), United States Air Force (8 launches) and JAXA (6 launches).

Top 10 Space Launch Service Providers in 2006 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Vehicle in 2006

39 different Launch Vehicles launched off in 2006. The top 3 were the Soyuz U (6 launches), Zenit 3SL (5 launches) and Ariane 5 (5 launches) launch vehicles.

Top 10 Launch Vehicles in 2006 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Sites in 2006

Rockets launched from 17 Launch Sites in 2006. The most active launch sites were Baikonur Cosmodrome (17 launches), Vandenberg SFB (7 launches) and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (7 launches).

Top 10 Launch Sites in 2006

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Astronauts Launched by Nationality in 2006

In 2006, 26 humans from 7 nations were launched into space, including the United States (19 astronauts), Russia (2 astronauts) and Brazil (1 astronaut).

Astronauts Launched by Nationality in 2006

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Where we launched to in 2006

We launched off to 7 different locations beyond earth in 2006 (including flybys). Most launches were to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) (31 launches), Geostationary Orbit (GEO) (23 launches) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) (5 launches).

Top Launch Destinations in 2006

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