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Russian space program and rocket development in 2018

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At the beginning of the year, Roskosmos listed 23 missions in its 2018 flight manifest, which if fulfilled, would increase the previous year's record of 21 attempts (including one failure). In reality, Russia performed 20 orbital launch attempts in 2018, including one failure, despite a false claim by the head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin on December 29 about 22 launches.

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Rogozin likely counted two suborbital launches of the 14A042 Nudol anti-satellite missile in the total of eight launches from Plesetsk. Even if their flights were successful, the Nudols are not known to carry satellites or to achieve orbital velocity. However, their designation contains letter "A" associated with space launch vehicles in the current Russian nomenclature.

In any case, as long expected, the annual launch rate left Russia in a distant third place after China and the United States in this key indicator of space activity. For comparison, on January 4, the official Chinese press promised 35 launches of the liquid-propellant Chang Zheng series of space rockets and five orbital shots of the solid-propellant Kuaizhou launchers. As of December 30, China had apparently made a total of 39 orbital launch attempts with one failure.

According to Rogozin, the Russian orbital assets increased by eight spacecraft, reaching a total of 156. In the official Roskosmos tally at the end of the year, Russia operated 89 civilian or dual-use spacecraft, including nine remote-sensing satellites, among them two for observation of natural resources, three for meteorology and four for monitoring of natural and man-made disasters.

In the field of military rocketry, the Russian Ministry of Defense promised to boost its strategic arsenal with 20 new Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles and to conduct 12 test launches, or twice as many as in 2017, according to the commander of Strategic Missile Forces, RVSN, Col. General Sergei Karakaev quoted by the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper in December 2017. At the end of 2018, the Ministry of Defense confirmed that one regiment of Yars ballistic missiles had entered operational readiness. At the same time, the Peresvet laser battle complex and the Kinzhal aircraft-based ballistic missile system were reported as undergoing deployment tests.

In the course of the year, the Russian military also performed a salvo test launch of four Bulava ballistic missiles from the Yuri Dolgorukiy submarine and fired 12 Kh-101 cruise missiles from the Tupolev-160 aircraft. On December 26, Russia also claimed flight-testing an Avangard maneuverable reentry vehicle, while releasing footage of the Strela booster (converted from the Soviet-era UR-100NU ballistic missile) lifting off from a silo originally built for the R-36M-2 ICBM in the Dombarovsky deployment area. Satellite imagery revealed six such silos around Dombarovsky in the apparent process of being converted for the UR-100NU-based missiles.

 

The world's orbital launch attempts in 2018 (as of December 30, 2018 ):

-
Country
Launch date
Time of launch
Payload
Payload type
Launch vehicle
Launch site
Launch complex
Launch pad
Status
1
USA
Jan. 8
01:00 GMT
Zuma (USA-280)
Military
Falcon-9 (048, B1043)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Failure*
2
China
Jan. 9
11:24:33.475 Beijing Time
GaoJing-1 (3), GaoJing-1 (4)
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2D
Taiyuan
LC-9
-
Success
3
China
Jan. 12
07:18:04.434 Beijing Time
Beidou-3MEO7 (26), Beidou-3MEO8 (27)
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-3B/Yuazheng-1
Xichang
LC-2
-
Success
4
India
Jan. 12
09:28 India Standard Time

Cartosat-2F, Microsat-TD, LEO Vantage-1 (Telesat Phase-1 LEO), Carbonite-2, ICEYE-X1, INS-1C, Arkyd-6, CICERO-7, Corvus-BC-3 (Landmapper), Lemur-2 (1), Lemur-2 (2), Lemur-2 (3), Lemur-2 (4), Flock-3p (1), Flock-3p (2), Flock-3p (3), Flock-3p (4), SpaceBEE (1), SpaceBEE (2), SpaceBEE (3), SpaceBEE (2), MicroMAS-2, PicSat, Canyval-X1, Canyval-X2, CNUSail-1, Kausat-5, SIGMA (Khusat-3), DemoSat-2, Tyvak-61C, Fox-1D, STEP Cube Lab

Application / remote sensing
PSLV
Sriharikota
-
-
Success
5
USA
Jan. 12
2:11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
NROL-47 (Topaz-5, USA-281)
Military
Delta-4-M+ (5,2) D-379
Vandenberg
SLC-6
-
Success
6
China
Jan. 13
07:10 GMT
Ludikancha Weixing (LKW-3)
Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-2D (Y49)
Jiuquan
LC-43/603
-
Success
7
Japan
Jan. 17
21:06:11 GMT
Asnaro-2
-
Epsilon
-
-
-
Success
8
China
Jan. 19
04:12 GMT
Jilin 1-07 (Dequing-1), Jilin 1-08, Huaian 'Zhou Enlan', Xiaoxiang-2 (TY-2 Tianyi-2), Quantutong-1 (QTT-1), Kepler-1
-
Chang Zheng-11
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
9
USA
Jan. 20
00:48:00 GMT
SBIRS-GEO-4
Military / Early warning
Atlas-5 (411, AV-076)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
10
USA
Jan. 21
01:43 GMT
Dove-0F1C (Dove Pioneer), Lemur-2 (Tallhamn-ATC), Lemur-2 (Marshall)
Application / remote sensing
Electron
Mahia Peninsula
-
-
Success
11
China
Jan. 25
05:39 GMT
Yaogan 30 No. 10, Yaogan 30 No. 11, Yaogan 30 No. 12, NanoSat-1A
Military / reconnaisance
Chang Zheng-2C
Xichang
-
-
Success
12
Europe
Jan. 25
22:20 GMT
SES-14, Al Yah-3
Application / communications
Araine-5 ECA (VA-241)
-
Success**
13
USA
Jan. 31
21:25 GMT
GovSat-1 (SES-16)
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
14
Feb. 1
05:07:18 Moscow Time
Kanopus-V No. 3, Kanopus-V No. 4, S-Net-1, S-Net-2, S-Net-3, S-Net-4, Lemur-2-Kadi, Lemur-2-Thenickmolo, Lemur-2-Jin-Luen, Lemur-2-Uramchansol, D-StarOne
Application / remote sensing
-
Success
15
China
Feb. 2
15:51:04.428 GMT
Zhangheng-1 (ZH-1), Fengmaniu-1, Shaonian Xing (Youth Star), ÑuSat-4 "Ada" (Aleph-1-4), ÑuSat-5 "Maryam" (Aleph-1-5), GomX-4A (Ulloriaq), GomX-4B
Science / geophysics
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
LC-43/94
-
Success
16
Japan
Feb. 3
-
Tricom-1R (Tasuki)
Application / experimental communications
SS-520-5
Uchinoura
-
-
Success
17
USA
Feb. 6
3:45:00 p.m. EDT
Tesla Roadster
Planetary / experimental
Falcon Heavy
Cape Canaveral (KSC)
39A
A
Success
18
China
Feb. 12
05:03:04.218
Beidou-3MEO3 (Beidou-28); Beidou-3MEO4 (Beidou-29)
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-3B/YZ-1
Xichang
LC-2
-
Success
19
Feb. 13
11:13:33.233 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
6
Success
20
USA
Feb. 22
14:17 GMT
Paz, Tintin-A (MicroSat-2a), Tintin-B (MicroSat-2b) (SpaceX Starlink Satellite System-Precursor)
Military / reconnaissance
Falcon-9-051 (B1038.2)
Vandenberg
SLC-4E
E
Success
21
Japan
Feb. 27
04:34:00 GMT
IGS Optical-6
Military / reconnaissance
H-2A F38
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
22
USA
March 1
22:02 GMT
GOES-17 (GOES-S)
Application / Weather forecasting
Atlas-5 (541/AV-077)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
23
USA
March 6
12:33 a.m. EST
Hispasat-30W-6
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
24 March 9
1:37:06 p.m. French Guiana time
Application / communications
-
Success
25
China
March 17
15:10 Beijing Time
Ludikancha Weixing (LKW-4)
Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
26
March 21
20:44:23.396 Moscow Time
Manned
5
Success
27
India
March 29
16:56 India Standard Time
GSAT-6A
Application / communications
GSLV (F08)
Sriharikota
-
-
Success
28
March 29
20:38:43 Moscow Time
Military / reconnaissance
4
Success
29
China
March 29
17:50 GMT
Beidou-3 M9 (30), Beidou-3 M10 (31)
Military / navigation
Long March-3B/YZ-1
Xichang
2
-
Success
30
USA
March 30
7:13:51 a.m. PDT
Iridium-5 Next 140, Iridium-5 Next 142, Iridium-5 Next 143, Iridium-5 Next 144, Iridium-5 Next 145, Iridium-5 Next 146, Iridium-5 Next 148, Iridium-5 Next 149, Iridium-5 Next 150, Iridium-5 Next 157
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Vandenberg
SLC-4E
E
Success
31
China
March 31
11:22 a.m. Beijing Time
Gaofen-1, Gaofen-1, Gaofen-1
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-4C
Taiyuan
-
-
Success
32
USA
April 2
4:30 p.m. EDT
Dragon CRS-14
Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
33
Europe
April 5
18:34 French Guiana time
DSN-1/Superbird-8, Hylas-4
Communications
Ariane-5 ECA
-
Success
34
China
April 10
12:25 local time
Yaogan-31, Yaogan-31, Yaogan-31
Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-4C
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
35
India
April 12
04:04 India Standard Time
IRNSS-1I
Application / navigation
PSLV-C41
Sriharikota
-
-
Sucess
36
USA
April 14
7:13 p.m. EDT
AFSPC-11, EAGLE (ESPA Augmented Geostationary Laboratory Experiment): HTI-SpX, MYCROFT, CEASE-III-RR, ISAL, ARMOR
Military / communications
Atlas-5 551 (AV-079)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
37
April 19
01:12:00 Moscow Time
Military / communications
24
Success
38
USA
April 19
6:51 p.m. Eastern Time
TESS
Science / astronomy
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
-
-
Success
39
April 25
20:57:52.016 Moscow Time
Application / remote sensing
-
Success
40
China
April 26
-
Zhuhai-1 (A), Zhuhai-1 (B), Zhuhai-1 (C), Zhuhai-1 (D), Zhuhai-1 (E)
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-11
-
-
-
Success
41
China
May 3
16:06 UTC
Apstar-6C
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
-
-
Success
42
USA
May 5
4:05:00 a.m. PDT
InSight, MarCO-A, MarCO-B
Planetary / Mars
Atlas-5 (401)/Centaur
Vandenberg
SLC-3
-
Success
43
China
May 8
18:28 GMT
Gaofen-5
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-4C
Taiyuan
LC-9
-
Success
44
USA
May 11
4:14 p.m.
Bangabandhu-1
Application / communications
Falcon-9 (B1046)
Cape Canaveral (KSC)
LC-39A
A
Success
45
China
May 20
21:28 GMT
Queqiao, Longjiang-1 (DSLWP-A1), Longjiang-2 (DSLWP-A2)
Planetary / Lunar orbiter / data relay
Chang Zheng-4C (Y-27)
Xichang
LC-3
-
Success
46
USA
May 21
4:44:09.7 a.m. EDT
Cygnus OA9 (CRS-9)
Manned / cargo supply
Wallops
0A
-
Success
47
USA
May 22
19:47:58 GMT
Iridium-NEXT-110, Iridium-NEXT-147, Iridium-NEXT-152, Iridium-NEXT-161, Iridium-NEXT-162, GRACE-FO-1, GRACE-FO-2

Applications / communications

Science / geophysics

Falcon-9 (B1043.2)
Vandenberg
SLC-4E
E
Success
48
China
June 2
12:13 Beijing Time
Gaofen-6, Luojia-1
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
49
USA
June 4
04:45 GMT
SES-12
Application / communications
Falcon-9 (B1040.2)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
50
China
June 5
13:07:03.898 GMT
Fengyun-2H
Application / weather forecasting
Chang Zheng-3A
Xichang
LC-2
-
Success
51
June 6
14:12:39.519 Moscow Time
5
Success
52
Japan
June 12
04:20:00 GMT
IGS Radar-6
Military / reconnaissance
H-2A 202 (F39)
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
53
June 17
00:46 Moscow Time
Military / navigation
4
Success
54
China
June 27
03:30:05.854 GMT
Xin Jishu Shiyan-A, Xin Jishu Shiyan-B
Military
Chang Zheng-2C
Xichang
LC-2
-
Success
55
USA
June 29
5:42:42 a.m. EDT
Dragon SpX-15, Ecostress, Lee
Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9 B1045.2
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
56
China
July 9
03:56 GMT
PRSS-1, PakTESS-1A
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2C/SMA
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
57
China
July 9
20:58 GMT
Beidou-2
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-3A
Xichang
-
-
Success
58
July 10
00:51:34.452 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
6
Success
59 USA July 22 05:50 GMT Telstar-19 Vantage Application / communications Falcon-9 Cape Canaveral SLC-40 - Success
60 Europe July 25 11:25 GMT Galileo-FOC-M8-23, Galileo-FOC-M8-24, Galileo-FOC-M8-25, Galileo-FOC-M8-26 Application / navigation Ariane-5 ES (VA-244) Kourou ELA-3 - Success
61 USA July 25 04:39:26 PDT Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7,Iridium Next-7 Application / communications Falcon-9 (B1048.1) Vandenberg SLC-4E E Success
62 China July 29 09:48 Beijing Time Beidou-33 (3M5), Beidou-34 (3M6) Military / navigation Chang Zheng-3B/YZ-1 Xichang LC3 - Success
63 China July 31 11:00 Beijing Time Gaofen-11 Application / remote sensing Chang Zheng-4B Taiyuan - - Success
64 USA Aug. 7 05:18 UTC Merah Putih (Telkom-4) Application / communications Falcon-9 Block 5 Cape Canaveral SLC-40 - Success
65 USA Aug. 12 03:31 EDT Solar Probe (Parker) Planetary / Sun Delta-4 Heavy/Star-48BV (D-380) Cape Canaveral SLC-37B B Success
66 Europe Aug. 22 21:20:09.478 GMT Aeolus Application / remote sensing Vega Kourou ELA-1 - Success
67 China Aug. 24 23:52:04.550 GMT Beidou-3M11 (Beidou-35); Beidou-3M12 (Beidou-36) Military / navigation Chang Zheng-3B/YZ-1 Xichang LC3 - Success
68 China Sept. 7 11:15:05 Beijing Time Haiyang-1C Application / remote-sensing / oceanography Chang Zheng-2C Taiyuan LC-9 - Success
69 USA Sept. 10 04:45 GMT Telstar-18-Vantage (APStar-5C) Application / communications Falcon-9-062 B1049.1 Cape Canaveral SLC-40 - Success
70 USA Sept. 15 13:02 GMT ICESat-2, ELaNa-18: ELFIN, ELFIN-STAR, SurfSat, CP-7 Application / remote-sensing Delta-2 7420-10C (D-381) Vandenberg SLC-2W W Success
71 India Sept. 16 16:38 GMT SSTL S1-4 & NovaSAR-1 Application / remote sensing PSLV-CA (C42) Sriharikota - - Success
72 China Sept. 19 22:07 Beijing Time (14:07 GMT) Beidou-3 (13-37), Beidou-3 (14-38) Military / navigation Chang Zheng-3B/YZ-1 Xichang 2 - Success
73 Japan Sept. 22 17:52:27 GMT HTV-7 Manned / cargo supply H-2B (F7) Tanegashima - - Success
74 Europe Sept. 25 22:38 GMT Horizons-3e, Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 Application / communications Ariane-5 (VA-243) Kourou ELA-3 - Success
75 China Sept. 29 04:13 GMT CentiSpace-1-S1 Military / navigation Kuaizhou-1A (Y8)
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
76
USA
Oct. 7
7:21:28 p.m. Pacific Standart Time
SAOCOM-1A (Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas-1A)
Application / remote sensing
Falcon-9 Block-5 (F9-063, B1048.2)
Vandenberg
SLC-4E
E
Success
77
China
Oct. 9
02:43:03 GMT
Yaogan Weixing-32 (32-01A), Yaogan Weixing-32 (32-01B)
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-2C/YZ-1S
Jiuquan
43/94
-
Success
78 Russia Oct. 11 11:40 Moscow Time Soyuz MS-10 Manned Soyuz-FG
5
Failure
79
China
Oct. 15
04:23 GMT
Beidou-3 (15-39), Beidou-3 (16-40)
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-3B/YZ-1
Xichang
-
-
Success
80
USA
Oct. 17
04:17 GMT
AEHF-4 (Advanced Extremely High Frequency)
Military / communications
Atlas-5/551
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
81 Europe Oct. 19 - BepiColombo Planetary / Mercury Ariane-5 Kourou ELA-3 - Success
82 China Oct. 25 06:57 local time Haiyang-2B Science / remote-sensing Chang Zheng-4B Taiyuan - - Success
83 Russia Oct. 25 03:15 Moscow Time Kosmos-2528 (Lotos-S1) Military / electronic intelligence Soyuz-2-1b
4
Success
84
China
Oct. 27
08:00 GMT
Weilai-1
Application / communications
Zhuque-1
Jiuquan
mobile
-
Failure
85 China Oct. 29 08:43:13.576 Beijing Time CFOSat (China-France Oceanography SATellite) Zhongfa Haiyang Weixing, Zhaojin-1 'Tongchuan-1' (TY4-02); Xiaoxiang-1 (02) (TY1-02); Xinghe (Tianfuguoxing-1 / TY1-03); Changshagaoxin (TY4-01); Tiangue-1; Unknown Sat; CubeBel-1 (BSUSat-1) Application / remote sensing Chang Zheng-2C (Y22)
Jiuquan
43/94
-
Success
86 Japan Oct. 29 13:08:00 Japan Standard Time GOSAT-2, KhalifaSat, DIWATA-2B, (Tenkou), 1U CubeSatsx2 (Stars-AO (Aoi), AUTcube2 Application / remote sensing H-2A-202 F40
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
87 China Oct. 31 23:57 local Beidou-3 GEO-1 (Beidou-41) Military / navigation Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
2
-
Success
88 Russia Nov. 3 23:17 Moscow Time GLONASS M-57 Military / navigation Soyuz-2-1b
4
Success
89 Russia Nov. 6 9:47:27 p.m. French Guiana time MetOp-C Application / meteorology
-
Success
90 USA Nov. 11
03:50 GMT
Outernet-1, CICERO, Lemur-2, Lemur-2, IRVINE01,
NABEO, Proxima-1, Proxima-2
Application
Electron
Mahia Peninsula
-
-
Success
91
India
Nov. 14
11:38 GMT
GSAT-29
Application / communications
GSLV Mk.3 D2
Sriharikota
-
-
Success
92
USA
Nov. 15
3:46 p.m. EST
Es'hail-2 (AmSat-P4A)
Application / communications
Falcon-9 (B1047.2)
Cape Canaveral
LC-39A
A
Success
93 Russia Nov. 16 21:14 Moscow Time Progress MS-10 Manned / cargo supply
5
Success
94
USA
Nov. 17
4:01 a.m. EST
Cygnus-10 (CRS-10, NG-10, John Young)
Manned / cargo supply
Wallops
LP-0A
-
Success
95
China
Nov. 18
18:07 GMT
Beidou-42 (3M17), Beidou-43 (3M18)
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
LC-3
-
Success
96
China
Nov. 19
23:40 GMT
Shiyan Weixing-6, Jiading-1 (OKW-01), Tianzhi-1, Tianping-1A, Tianping-1B
Military / experimental / communications
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
43/94
-
Success
97
Europe
Nov. 20
10:42:31 p.m. French Guiana time
Mohammed-6B
Application / remote sensing
-
Success
98 India Nov. 28 - HysIS, Centauri-1, Kepler (CASE), FACSAT, Reaktor Hello World, InnoSat-2, HIBER-1, 3Cat-1, CICERO-8, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Flock-3R, Global-1, HSAT-1, Lemur-2-Orzulak, Lemur-2-Vladimir, Lemur-2-Kobyszcze, Lemur-2-Duly Application / remote sensing
PSLV-C43
Sriharikota
1
-
Success
99 Russia Nov. 30 05:27 Moscow Time Kosmos-2530, Kosmos-2531, Kosmos-2532 (Rodnik) Military / communications
3
Success
100 Russia Dec. 3 14:31:52 Moscow Time Soyuz MS-11 Manned Soyuz-FG
5
Success
101 USA Dec. 3 18:34:05 GMT Spaceflight SSO-A/SHERPA SSO: SkySat-14, SkySat-15, STPSat-5, Eu:CROPIS, NEXTSat-1, FalconSat-6, KazSTSAT, eXCITe, SeeMe, ICEYE-X2, BlackSky Global-2, ESEO (FUNcube 4), Hawk-A, Hawk-B, Hawk-C, Capella-1, SIRION Pathfinder-2, AISTECHSAT-2, BlackHawk, CSIM-FD, Hiber-2, ITASAT-1, Landmapper-BC 4 (Corvus-BC-4), ORS-7A (Polar Scout-1), ORS-7B (Polar Scout-2), Al-Farabi-2, Astrocast-0.1, Audacy-0, BRIO, Centauri 2, Eaglet 1, ENOCH, Flock-3s 1, Flock-3s 2, Flock-3s 3, ICE-Cap, K2SAT, KazSciSat 1, MinXSS 2, Orbital Reflector (ORS 1), RAAF M1, SeaHawk 1, SNUSAT 2, THEA, VESTA, PW-Sat 2, SNUGLITE, VisionCube, RANGE-A, RANGE-B, Elysium-Star-2, ExseedSat-1, Fox-1C, Irvine-02, JY1-Sat, KNACKSAT, MOVE-2, Suomi-100, SpaceBEE-5, SpaceBEE-6, SpaceBEE-7, WeissSat-1 = Falcon-9 (B1046.3) Vandenberg SLC-4E E Success
102
Europe
Dec. 4
20:37:07.3 GMT
GSAT-11, GEO-KOMPSAT-2A (GK2A, Cheollian 2A)
Application
Ariane-5 ECA (VA-246)
Kourou
ELA-3
-
Success
103
USA
Dec. 5
18:16:16 GMT
Dragon SpX-16 (CRS-16), GEDI, RRM3
Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9 (B1050)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
104 China Dec. 7 04:12:05.223 SaudiSAT-5A, SaudiSAT-5B, Douyu-666 (TFSTAR), Xijiang Jiantong-1 (TY3-01), Sagittarius-01, Hua Mi Xing, PiaoChong-1 (LadyBird-1), PiaoChong-2 (LadyBird-2) "Elvis Presley", PiaoChong-3 (LadyBird-3) "Hua Mi", PiaoChong-5 (LadyBird-5) "Linda Education Satellite”, PiaoChong-6 (LadyBird-6) “Tmall International”, PiaoCong-7 (LadyBird-7) “RE: X" Application
Cahng Zheng-2D (Y38)
Jiuquan
LC43/94
-
Success
105 China Dec. 7 18:23 GMT Chang'e-4 Planetary / lunar Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
LC-3
-
-
106 USA Dec. 06:33 GMT VCLS-1 (ELaNa XIX):       ALBus, CeREs, CHOMPTT, Da Vinci, NMTSat, ISX, RSat-P, Shields-1, STF-1, CubeSail-1, CubeSail-2,      TomSat Eagle Scout, TomSat-R3, SHFT-1 Application Electron
Mahia Peninsula
-
-
Success
107
India
Dec. 19
16:10 India Standard Time
GSAT-7A
Application / communications
GSLV-F11
Sriharikota
SLP
2
Success
108
Dec. 19
13:37:14 French Guiana Time
Military / reconnaissance
-
Success
109 Russia Dec. 21 03:20:00.020 Moscow Time
Military / communications
24
Success
110
China
Dec. 22
07:51:00.228 Beijing Time
Hongyun Engineering Test Satellite
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-11
Jiuquan
01-100
-
Success
111
USA
Dec. 23
8:51 a.m. EST
GPS-3 SV01 Vespucci
Military / navigation
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
112 China Dec. 25 00:53:04.321 Beijing Time
TJS-3
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-3C/G2Y17
Xichang
07-98
3
Success
113
Dec. 27
05:07:18.231 Moscow Time
Kanopus-V No. 5, Kanopus-V No. 6, Flock-3k Dove-1, Flock-3k Dove-2, Flock-3k Dove-3, Flock-3k Dove-4, Flock-3k Dove-5, Flock-3k Dove-6, Flock-3k Dove-7, Flock-3k Dove-8, Flock-3k Dove-9, Flock-3k Dove-10, Flock-3k Dove-11, Flock-3k Dove-12, ZACube-2, Lume-1, D-Star ONE (iSat), D-Star ONE (Sparrow), Lemur-2-30-Remy-Colton, Lemur-2-31-Gustavo, Lemur-2-32-Christina-Holt, Lemur-2-33-Zo, Lemur-2-34-Tinkyev, Lemur-2-35-Sarah-Betty-Boo, Lemur-2-36-Natalie-Murray, Lemur-2-37-Daisy-Harper, UWE-4
Application / remote sensing
-
Success
114
China
Dec. 29
16:00 Beijing Time
Yunhai-2, Yunhai-2, Yunhai-2, Yunhai-2, Yunhai-2, Yunhai-2, Hongyan
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2D/Yuanzheng-3
Jiuquan
-
-
Success

*The launch vehicle reported operating as planned, but its payload failed to separate from the upper stage. **An anomaly during orbital insertion

 

The 2018 space launch score card (as of December 30, 2018 ):,

**
Country
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Total
Failed
1
China
Chang Zheng-2D
: 8
Chang Zheng-3B: 11
Chang Zheng-11: 3
Chang Zheng-2C: 6
Chang Zheng-4C: 4
Chang Zheng-3A: 2
Chang Zheng-4B: 2
Kuaizhou-1A: 1
Zhuque-1: 1***
Chang Zheng-3C: 1
39
1
2
USA
Falcon-9: 20 (1)*
Delta-4: 1
Atlas-5: 5
Electron: 3
Falcon Heavy: 1
Antares-230: 2
Delta-4 Heavy: 1
Delta-2: 1
-
-
34
1
3
Soyuz-FG: 5 (1***)
-
-
-
-
-
20
1
4
Europe
Ariane-5: 6
Vega: 2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
0
5
India
PSLV: 4
GSLV: 3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
0
6
Japan
Epsilon: 1
SS-520: 1
H-2A: 4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
0
-
World:
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
114
3

*The launch vehicle reported operating as planned, but its payload failed to separate from the upper stage; **In case of an equal number of launches, the country that reached that number first is listed at the top; ***Failed launch

 

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flight

Soyuz-2-1a lifts off on February 1, 2018, with a pair of Kanopus-V satellites and nine secondary payloads. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


launch

Progress MS-08 lifts off on Feb. 13, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


liftoff

A Soyuz-2-1v rocket lifts off with the EMKA satellite on March 29, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense


sentinel

Rockot with Sentinel-3B lifts off on April 25, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: ESA


launch

A Soyuz-2-1a rocket lifts off with Progress MS-09 spacecraft on July 10. Click to enlarge. Credit: ESA


flight

Soyuz-2-1b lifts off on Nov. 3, 2018, with GLONASS M-57 satellite. Click to enlarge. Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense


long exposure

A long-exposure shot captures the ascent trajectory of the Progress MS-10 spacecraft on Nov. 17, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: RKK Energia


CSO-1

Soyuz-ST-A launches CSO-1 (Composante Spatiale Optique) satellite on Dec. 19, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: CNES


tower

Soyuz-2-1a lifts off from Vostochny on Dec. 27, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos