2010 Rocket Launch Recap

Our roundup of all the launches that happened in 2010, 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 2010 Achievements

โ›ต First solar sail
๐Ÿงช First sample return from an asteroid
๐Ÿš€ First launch, orbit, and recovery of a commercial spacecraft

How 2010 Compares to Previous Years

There were 73 successful launch attempts in 2010 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 2010

In 2010, companies and agencies from 8 Nations attempted launches, including the United States (26 launches), Russia (21 launches) and China (15 launches).

Total Rocket Launches by Nation in 2010

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Launches by Launch Service Providers in 2010

18 Launch Service Providers completed launches in 2010, including CASC (15 launches), ROSCOSMOS (9 launches) and International Launch Services (8 launches).

Top 10 Space Launch Service Providers in 2010 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Vehicle in 2010

34 different Launch Vehicles launched off in 2010. The top 3 were the Proton-M Briz-M Enhanced (8 launches), Soyuz U (6 launches) and Ariane 5 (6 launches) launch vehicles.

Top 10 Launch Vehicles in 2010 by total launch count

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Launches by Launch Sites in 2010

Rockets launched from 16 Launch Sites in 2010. The most active launch sites were Baikonur Cosmodrome (24 launches), Xichang Satellite Launch Center (8 launches) and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (8 launches).

Top 10 Launch Sites in 2010

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Astronauts Launched by Nationality in 2010

In 2010, 35 humans from 4 nations were launched into space, including the United States (27 astronauts), Russia (6 astronauts) and Italy (1 astronaut).

Astronauts Launched by Nationality in 2010

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Where we launched to in 2010

We launched off to 5 different locations beyond earth in 2010 (including flybys). Most launches were to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) (17 launches), Geostationary Orbit (GEO) (8 launches) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) (4 launches).

Top Launch Destinations in 2010

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