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Thread: 2020 Year in Review

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    For those interested in space 2020 was actually a great year, however stating that in front of those not interested in spaceflight is probably a quick route to a fist in the face...

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    "Year in Review: Mars missions, Lunar Samples, Crew launched from the US, and Starlink"

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020...m-us-starlink/

    Despite a worldwide pandemic which affected agencies around the world, 2020 featured many significant achievements in spaceflight. In total, 114 orbital launches were attempted, including deep space missions like Solar Orbiter, three missions to Mars, and the Chinese Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission. Also this year, the United States regained domestic crew launch capability with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, and SpaceX launched hundreds of new satellites for the growing Starlink constellation.


    Of the 114 orbital launch attempts made in 2020, eight were the maiden flights of new launch vehicles. Of these debuts, four successfully reached orbit on the first attempt: the Iranian Qased rocket, and the Chinese Long March 5B, Ceres-1, and Long March 8 launchers. The other four, Chinese Long March 7A and Kuaizhou-11, Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne, and Astra’s Rocket 3, did not.

    In total, 10 of the 114 attempts made this year failed to reach orbit. However, only four of these failures were by launchers which had previously reached orbit safely. The Iranian Simorgh rocket failed on its third orbital attempt, and has yet to reach orbit, and a second attempt by Astra with Rocket 3 came close, but fell short. Four established launchers suffered launch failures in 2020: the Chinese Long March 3B and Kuaizhou-1A vehicles, Rocket Lab’s Electron, and Arianespace’s Vega launch vehicle.

    The final flight of Japan’s H-IIB rocket also occurred this year, launching the final flight of the HTV cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. Another ISS cargo spacecraft, SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon 1, was also retired in 2020, in favor of Cargo Dragon 2 which debuted later in the year.
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    "Florida's Space Coast the Number 1 Launch Site in the World in 2020"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/F..._2020_999.html

    Historical launches like the return to crewed space flight and Mars2020 helped propel Florida's Space Coast to their busiest launch year in decades, putting the region on the top of the list for launch activity in the world.

    In 2020, 31 successful attempts flew from Florida's Space Coast surpassing the record in 1966 of 29 successful launches out of 31 orbital attempts and two suborbital attempts. SpaceX missions comprised 25 of the launches including Starlink internet satellites, two Crew Dragon and two space station resupply missions, and three national security payloads. United Launch Alliance contributed with five Atlas V launches, one of which was Mars2020, and one Delta Heavy.
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    "Chinese scientists, engineers list top 10 scientific, tech stories of 2020"

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/20210...baa3fa7_1.html

    The Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering on Tuesday jointly revealed the top 10 news stories of scientific and technological progress in China and in the world in 2020.

    The top 10 news stories were voted by academicians of the two academies. The annual activity is in its 27th year.

    China's top 10 scientific and technological progress news reports in 2020:
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